What Does The Treatment Involve

7 Easy steps to straighten teeth with invisalign

Invisalign aligners step-by-step process

The Perfect Smile clinic’s orthodontists have provided our patients with fast, affordable and successful Invisalign treatments for many years.

What’s unique about Invisalign is that it offers patients the chance to straighten their teeth in half the time of traditional wired braces and is much more discreet.

As the aligners are near invisible, the treatment has been popular amongst teens and adults alike, who want to improve gaps, overcrowded and crooked teeth, overbites and underbites but don’t want the stigma of a ‘mouth full of metal’.

the seven stages of invisalign…

step one: a consultation with expert orthodontists

Whilst the Invisalign treatment may be of definite interest to you, it is important that we conduct an assessment to determine if you qualify for the treatment or need something stronger.

On top of this, we will also need to examine your teeth and mouth in detail to ascertain the suitability of this type of treatment in your particular case.

We also look to see if other types of treatment are needed either before or after the Invisalign treatment. For example, gum disease will need to be treated prior to wearing this particular kind of clear aligner technology.

Here, our professional dental staff and hygienists will look for disorders or symptoms of gum infection, disease and tooth decay.

These diagnoses and underlying problems will need to be treated beforehand.

This is because they pose a threat to your oral health and hygiene condition and the orthodontists will need to minimise this risk before proceeding to ensure effective and stable outcomes.

You will then be given a treatment plan of action that will outline the process involved.

Our consultants will then discuss all your possible Invisalign types and options that are available to you.

step two: accurate treatment planning

Once we have decided together which type of Invisalign is the treatment of choice, we will then take some impressions of your teeth to create special moulds.

We will also take a scan/photographs of your teeth.

The information collected is then used to plan how we are going to create your new smile.

One tool we use, as part of the Invisalign diagnostics, is a computer-derived 3D digital animated visualization of your treatment.

This allows the dentist to correctly design the entire treatment process.

Many patients find this aspect of a virtual treatment simulation very reassuring as they can see how we have mapped out the treatment from start to finish. Read reviews.

At this time we will be able to tell you exactly how long your specific treatment will take.

step three: preliminary treatments

Some patients may need a slight amount of preliminary treatment to better accommodate the tooth movement.

This usually involves a small amount of filing of severely crowded teeth.

The amount of tooth involved is very little (maximum 0.6mm) and we always remain in enamel.

This is a better alternative to tooth extraction for space.

Your treatment may also require the placement of “attachments”. These are small tooth coloured composite (plastic) attachments that are bonded onto certain teeth.

They have an “active” surface that facilitates tooth movement. They are taken off at the end of treatment.

Any preliminary work that is necessary will occur before the construction of the aligners.

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The Invisalign Outcome Simulator will be used to verify the diagnosis and your treatment plan.

Once approved your dentist, like Dr Gurs Sehmi will order a special sequence of aligners that are unique to you.

They are made in the Align Technology laboratories using advanced 3D computer imaging technology.

It takes around 1-2 weeks for us to get your specific aligners back from the laboratory.

step five: the invisalign treatment

You will be given a sequence of clear aligners. Each aligner will be specifically numbered making it easy for you to distinguish which one to use.

You will need to wear each one for approximately 2 weeks or as advised by your dentist.

Your dentist will give you a certain number of aligners to start with.

This means that unlike more traditional braces you do not have to keep coming back for multiple orthodontic adjustment appointments or checkups.

Usually, patients come back every 6-8 weeks (in some instances of high compliance longer). Many patients have found this unique factor very accommodating with their lifestyle, sports, activities or work commitments.

Your dentist will explain the total number of appointments that are needed to complete the treatment.

However, unlike traditional braces, there are much fewer appointments involved with this type of treatment.

step six: avoid retention

Once the treatment is completed and you are happy with the alignment of your teeth, you will need a retainer to prevent any relapse of treatment.

Your dentist will advise you of the best retentions systems.

This may be a fixed option or a removable option. In most cases, both types of retention are used to secure the teeth in the new position.

step seven: review

You will be given a review appointment at the end of your treatment to assess your new smile, we welcome all of our patients to all of our chains in Harley Street and Hertford.

Your dentist will check that the treatment is secure and that you are following any oral care maintenance program selected for you.

Call the team on 01992 827024 to schedule an appointment. 

invisalign-trained doctors and orthodontists

Not all dentists are Invisalign approved.

Doctors who offer the treatment must have completed specialised training.

Our expert orthodontists provide a unique experience and a personalised approach to our highly-rated tooth straightening treatment, Invisalign.

Booking a consultation with us is free and easy; all you need to bring is your questions and brief information concerning your dental history.

We will highlight any problems areas during the consultation and discuss your straightening goals with you.

Treatment times and how quickly you wish to reach your new smile, as well as treatment prices, will also be discussed.

compare invisalign against other brace systems

ConsiderationsInvisalignTraditional Braces
DurationWorn 22 hours a day (3-12 months)Cemented 24/7 (18 months)
MaintenanceAligners need to be kept clean by brushing and rinsingBrush teeth whilst wearing braces and floss
AppointmentsInitial consultation, fitting appointment and reviewRegular visits to get braces tightened and final removal
AftercareRequires a retainerRequires a retainer
Ideal forChildren, teens and adultsComplex dental problems

your complete guide to invisalign

Thinking of pursuing the treatment? Below are helpful links and resources to educate you fully about the innovative treatment.

The process starts with a FREE discovery consultation where we discuss your needs and requirements with a Computerised Photographic Assessment to help you understand the possibilities.

We are at this stage, able to assist you with potential options available to you.

Depending on your requirements we can customize and tailor-make individual treatments plan to suit your needs and budgets.

We can also provide you with a computer-aided smile analysis and a handcrafted Trial Preview, to gives you the opportunity to see your smile before we even touch your teeth.

We also use Bite Analysis technology to ensure a long-lasting, comfortable and healthy final result.

what bite problems invisalign treats

Invisalign treatment can be used to widely correct many orthodontic issues.

The procedure solves oral problems like:

  • Overcrowding, which causes crooked teeth
  • Diastema; spaces between teeth
  • Overjets
  • Narrow buccal corridors also referred to as narrow smiles/arches
  • Underbites
  • Rotated teeth
  • Crossbite

For the best results, you will be required to wear your aligners for 22 hours each day. They can be removed to eat, drink, floss and brush.

Yes, in order to avoid retention, retainers are to be worn following treatment – the length of time will vary from patient to patient and will be advised by the dentist during your consultation.

Invisalign timeline and steps

  • STEP 1: Comprehensive Assessment
  • STEP 2: Digital 3D CliniCheck Simulation
  • STEP 3: Personalised Aligner Manufacture
  • STEP 4: Fitting of Aligner
  • STEP 5: Review and Adjustment
  • STEP 6: Fixed & Vivera Retainer
  • STEP 7: Review
  • STEP 8: Refinement and Enhancement

We know that seeing is believing and with Invisalign SmileView, you can do exactly that; see your new smile.

All you need to do is upload a photo of yourself smiling to Invisalign in order to see how powerful the aligners could be to transform your smile and teeth.

You can upload via your mobile device and laptop and in just 30 seconds you can visualise what your smile could look like.

Take your selfie.

When visiting our practice for a consultation, we will show you a computer-generated simulation of your smile, so please do bear in mind that we will do extra work here to meet your requirements and expectations, so our results may vary slightly. But rest assured, the results will be great!

  • Removable
  • Invisible
  • Strengthens oral health
  • Does not disrupt the day-to-day
  • Treatment is done at home and in private
  • Fewer dental appointments
  • Monthly orthodontic readjustments
  • More comfortable
  • Powerful
  • Results are noticeable in just a few weeks
  • Faster
  • No wires, no brackets, no bands and no metal

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An unparalleled level of patient trust: Dr Rahul Doshi is the founder of the Perfect Smile and is the current President of the BACD. He is also rated one of the top 50 influential dentists in the UK.

With over 25 years of experience, Perfect Smile Studios has a highly skilled team that has access to the latest dental technology.

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One of the best Invisalign providers in not just the UK, but Europe. This status means the practice has completed hundreds and hundreds of Invisalign cases making them one of the most experienced Invisalign doctors.

Some discomfort can be experienced when wearing them for the first time as your mouth get used to them, however, this is nothing compared to the discomfort experienced when braces are tightened or placed. Made from SmartTrack materials, Invisalign is designed to be comfortable and non-disruptive to daily lives or activities.

You will be provided with spares in case this happens! However, if you have lost your spare you should get in touch with us immediately so we can organise for a new one to be sent to you.

Free Consulations

Contact us for any questions, requests and further information; or to arrange a FREE Initial Consultation.
Our free no obligation Initial Consultation will be with our dentist and/or our Treatment Coordinators. The suitability of options discussed will ultimately be dependent upon your clinical assessment with a dentist at the practice.
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