How quickly will it work?
Everyone is different, says Rizwan. “Most people will see noticeable results within eight weeks, and some will finish their treatment within six months. However, for more complex cases, it can take up to 18 months.”
Is it painful?
It can be more uncomfortable than painful, especially at certain stages of treatment, says Safa. “Your mouth is most likely to feel tender in the first three days after having the first aligner fitted. This is because the teeth aren’t yet ‘mobile’ and the remodelling process is just getting started. This is usually felt as a dull ache, especially during eating and when the aligners have been removed. A mild painkiller like paracetamol can reduce pain, and it can also help to remove the aligners 30-40 minutes before mealtimes to allow the teeth and gums to relax before applying pressure.”
Any tips for finding a reputable dentist?
Invisalign is swiftly becoming one of the most popular procedures in the world of dentistry, but that doesn’t mean everyone offering it is qualified to do so. “There is so much variation out there, so it’s important to understand that not every dentist offering Invisalign is qualified, and may not be offering the same product,” advises Safa. “For starters, check it’s actually the Invisalign brand being offered. There are many clear aligner systems out there but Invisalign is superior – it invests over £100m each year into research and development. Invisalign branding should be seen at every stage of your treatment, including on the aligner packets and boxes themselves. Also check what your dentist is offering – generally, Invisalign Go providers have less training and less control over treatment plans. It’s also worth checking how many cases a dentist has treated – anyone with over 200 cases would be considered a moderately experienced provider. The Invisalign website also has a doctor finder, which displays experience level.”
How much will it cost?
Again, it depends on the severity of your case and whether you receive any add-ons like whitening, but expect to pay around £3,000, says Rizwan. “If you’re offered treatment for significantly less than this, be extremely cautious and do thorough research into the provider.”