How Much Is a Full Set of Invisalign?
As a leading private dental practice in Manchester, we are often asked about Invisalign treatment and how effectively it can straighten the teeth.
Invisalign is the most advanced clear aligner system in the world- it has helped improve over 14 million smiles, including 2 million teen smiles.
So, how much is a full set of Invisalign? Well, we will outline the answer to this question in this article, so you can fully understand the purpose, cost and benefits of Invisalign treatment.
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What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a revolutionary teeth straightening system, which is used by patients all over the globe.
It consists of clear aligners which gradually shift your teeth into place. The clear aligners are made of a flexible plastic called SmartTrack, which is created specifically for this dental treatment. These aligners can be removed as and when the patient needs.
Invisalign aligners are different from traditional metal braces. Metal braces are highly visible in the patient’s teeth, and cannot be removed, except by an orthodontist.
Your orthodontist will custom-make your aligners by conducting a 3D scan of your mouth. They will subsequently create a plan of how each tooth will be moved into the correct position, using the Invisalign, of course!
You can wear a full set of Invisalign, or a partial set of Invisalign, which only moves the front teeth.
The Invisalign is virtually invisible. Most people don’t even notice when a patient is wearing Invisalign aligners.
Your dentist will monitor your progress for the duration of your Invisalign journey, to ensure the treatment is working correctly.
Where can I get Invisalign treatment?
Here at Didsbury Dental Practice, our team of experienced dental specialists can support you through every step of your Invisalign journey.
The aligners are custom-made for your teeth from an impression that we will take at your initial consultation. Each set of aligners must then be worn for approximately two-to-three weeks. After each two-to-three-week period, we will give you the next set.
Each set of aligners builds on the work the previous set has done to gently bring your teeth into their new, straighter position.
Invisalign clear aligners are great for people who want to have straight teeth but can’t bear the thought of having traditional fixed metal braces.
Book a consultation with one of our Invisalign dentists here if you are interested in the treatment.
How much is a full set of Invisalign?
So, how much is a full set of Invisalign?
Typically, in the UK, Invisalign costs anywhere between £1,500 to £5,500.
Talk to your dentist or orthodontist to find out exactly how much your Invisalign will cost and what treatment plans there are.
Click here to view our full list of dental fees. We believe that exceptional dental care shouldn’t discriminate and that is why we offer a range of finance options and payment plans to make all our dental treatments affordable, which now includes orthodontic treatments.
If you are interested in getting Invisalign, contact us to book your first consultation with one of our Invisalign dentists. We are more than happy to help!
Can you get Invisalign through the NHS?
No, NHS funding can’t cover Invisalign treatment. Only traditional metal braces are available at NHS dental practices.
You can only access Invisalign if you pay privately.
What are the advantages of Invisalign?
Invisalign offers numerous benefits, including:
- The Invisalign is virtually invisible- it does not come with any brackets or wires, or the restrictions that come with metal braces.
- The Invisalign can be removed during meal times and during sleep, whereas normal braces cannot be removed.
- Invisalign tends to be more comfortable than normal braces, as it applies less pressure to the teeth.
- Wearing Invisalign requires fewer trips to the dentist than normal braces do.
- If you wear normal braces, they can cause cuts inside your cheeks. With Invisalign, you won’t have this problem.
- Invisalign allows you to view your treatment plan and virtual results before you have even started the treatment, so you will have a better idea of what your teeth are expected to look like after your Invisalign journey is over.
Who can get Invisalign treatment?
You should consult your dentist or orthodontist if you would like Invisalign treatment. They will be able to assess your situation and decide whether or not Invisalign is suitable for you.
You may need Invisalign if:
- You have crooked teeth
- You have crowded teeth
- You have an underbite or overbite
- You have a crossbite (when a misaligned jaw causes one or more upper teeth to bite inside the lower teeth)
- You have an open bite (when the upper and lower teeth don’t meet, which causes issues with chewing)
- You have gaps in your teeth
There are certain circumstances where a patient may not qualify for Invisalign.
You may not be suitable for Invisalign if:
- You do not yet have all your adult teeth: Invisalign is not suitable for people who still have baby teeth.
- You smoke regularly: the tobacco can interfere with the Invisalign aligners and contaminate them.
- You lose your Invisalign aligners.
- You forget to put the Invisalign aligners on or take them out.
How long should I wear my Invisalign?
To generate the best results, you should wear your Invisalign aligners for around 20 to 22 hours each day. Your dentist will advise you on whether or not you should wear the aligners at night, when you sleep.
How long does Invisalign treatment take?
That depends on your specific circumstances, but the average treatment time for Invisalign is usually 6 to 18 months.
Can teenagers get Invisalign?
Absolutely. Here at Didsbury Dental Practice, we offer Invisalign treatment for teenagers.
Invisalign Teen aligners accommodate the continuing and natural eruption of young adult permanent teeth.
Can children get Invisalign?
No, children won’t qualify for Invisalign until their adult teeth have come in. This usually occurs at around 12 to 13 years old.
Once the tooth growth is complete, then they may be eligible for Invisalign Teen.
Is Invisalign painful?
Invisalign is not a painful orthodontic treatment.
Like all retainers, Invisalign may bring slight discomfort as your teeth adjust to the new pressure being applied. But this shows that the treatment is working.
After first wearing Invisalign, any mild pain that you may feel should only be temporary, for the first few days.
Consult your dentist or orthodontist if you experience severe pain or discomfort after a week of wearing Invisalign.
Do you keep your Invisalign in when eating or drinking?
No, you should remove your Invisalign aligners when you eat and drink.
Do you keep your Invisalign in when you brush your teeth or floss?
You should remove your Invisalign aligners when you brush your teeth and floss.
I have a missing tooth. Can I get Invisalign?
Yes, you may still be a candidate for Invisalign if you have missing teeth. Your dentist might be able to put false teeth directly into your aligners, or replace your missing tooth after the invisible braces have shifted your teeth back into place.
If you have any questions or concerns, speak to your dentist, as they will advise you if there are any reasons why you won’t qualify for Invisalign.
I have veneers or crowns. Can I still get Invisalign?
That depends on your circumstances. Consult your dentist, and they will be able to advise you on whether Invisalign is right for you.
How do you clean your Invisalign?
It is important to keep your Invisalign aligners fresh and clean, to eliminate any foul odours, food particles, dried saliva, plaque or harmful bacteria.
To keep your Invisalign clean and fresh, you should:
- Rinse your Invisalign aligners every time you remove the aligners from your mouth.
- Soak your Invisalign at least once a day in a glass of denture cleaning solution, or Invisalign cleaning crystals.
- Clean the aligners every day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and antibacterial, unscented soap.
- Don’t disinfect your Invisalign with boiling hot water. Use warm water instead.
- Avoid cleaning your Invisalign with toothpaste or scented soaps, which will leave behind residue and an unpleasant taste.
- When you take your Invisalign out of your mouth, don’t leave them out on a surface where there could be bacteria and dust. Store your Invisalign in an airtight case and keep them clean.
- Avoid smoking while wearing Invisalign- this will stain your aligners and trap nicotine in your teeth.
Does Invisalign affect your speech?
No, Invisalign should not cause any major speech impediments.
For the first day or two, you may develop a very slight lisp, as your mouth adjusts to the feeling of the aligners. But this should only be temporary. Your tongue will quickly adapt and your speech will be back to normal!
Can you play musical instruments if you wear Invisalign?
If you play a wind instrument with a mouthpiece, such as a flute, saxophone or clarinet, your Invisalign may get in the way.
So, you may find it useful to remove your Invisalign while you play the instrument. Then, pop the aligners back in your mouth afterwards.
We hope we have answered the question ‘how much is a full set of Invisalign?’
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