At Salters & Salters Dental, Dr Beena Harkison is our expert Invisalign treatment provider. She not only worked as the Clinical Director of Education for the company which developed the system but is also an Invisalign Platinum Provider. Dr Harkison has lectured to other dental professionals worldwide about this discrete clear aligner system, so she is well versed in its nuances and can expertly treat most misalignments.
Dr Harkison also uses the most contemporary iTero digital scanner to capture images of the teeth in a couple of minutes, with no radiation, and uses it to help you visualise what your teeth could look like at the end of treatment.
What is the Invisalign system?
Invisalign is the world’s most advanced clear aligner system and no wonder as it is a highly effective, comfortable, and discrete alternative to fixed braces. No matter your age, straightening your teeth can be life-changing. Aligned teeth are easier to clean than crooked ones, and gums fit more tightly around aligned teeth. And of course, there’s the confidence boost that comes with having straight teeth and a beautiful smile.
Invisalign vs fixed braces
Unlike traditional fixed braces, Invisalign clear aligners are virtually invisible, comfortable, removable and treatment times are often faster. All these benefits – and the clinical outcome has been proven to be as effective train tracks.
Digital treatment planning
Using state-of-the-art technologies, we will create a digital treatment plan, which combines iTero digital scans, digital photos, and X-rays to show you a complete treatment plan, from your original tooth alignment to your final transformed smile. With the 3D ClinCheck plan, we will predict the number of Invisalign aligners you will have and the number of weeks your treatment will take – and show you every stage of your treatment on the screen – in an image of your own face – before your very eyes.
Day to day living
Throughout your Invisalign treatment, you will be given a series of sets of aligners for your top and bottom teeth, each of which is completely designed and tailor-made for you, each of which is calculated to move your teeth week by week into their final position. You can comfortably wear the aligners for the recommended 22 hours’ day and night, and because they are removable, it is easy to maintain your normal oral hygiene routine and usual diet (no need to avoid your favourite crunchy, chewy, sticky foods as you would with braces). You change your aligners every week to a new set which move your teeth incrementally towards your new smile in as little as three months.
Because the aligners are made from a high tech, smart polymer, it makes the end result extremely predictable… and extremely comfortable to wear, day in and day out.
Towards the end of your Invisalign treatment, it is also possible to whiten your teeth to achieve a desirable straight, white smile.
To keep your perfect smile at the end of Invisalign treatment, retainers are recommended, which can either be a fixed wire bonded on the insides of your top and bottom front teeth or a removable retainer that you wear at night. The Invisalign-branded retainers, known as Vivera Retainers, are excellent and come in sets of 3, so you always have spare or extra sets to keep your perfect smile in excellent condition.
- Crowded Teeth
- Generally Straighter Teeth
- Gap Teeth
- Open Bite
- Baby and Permanent teeth.