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Explaining the Science Behind Invisalign

How does Invisalign work exactly? How can something removable and invisible deliver the perfect smile you’ve always dreamed of? With...

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How does Invisalign work exactly?

How can something removable and invisible deliver the perfect smile you’ve always dreamed of? With incredible results and patented products, Invisalign is truly transforming an industry.

Well, brace yourself – our factual Invisalign guide will let you know exactly what to expect and how the treatment works to deliver thousands of straight smiles every year.

As Platinum Elite Providers of Invisalign, we are one of the few dentists who complete the highest number of Invisalign cases annually, so when you choose us, you always choose better.

Invisalign is a much more controlled and comfortable way of aligning teeth. Discover the technology it uses.

Invisalign put simply

  • Invisalign treatment is a near-invisible way to straighten teeth using advanced 3D computer-imaging technology.

This might not sound exciting, but when you see it yourself during the second stage of the Invisalign process, you’ll understand why it’s so great.

The 3D computer-imaging technology allows patients to completely control their smiles, see the final results before beginning treatment, and make any changes or adjustments they desire.

The Invisalign technology will detail a road map of your current smile to its final straightened position – this will help us work out which teeth to move at what stage.

Following the treatment plan, you will replace your current aligners with a new set until you finally achieve your desired result.

“It combines proprietary virtual modelling software, rapid manufacturing processes and mass customization, and custom-made aligners with patented aligner material.” – Align Technology

How teeth move with Invisalign

The magic with Invisalign is that it moves teeth by applying a controlled force to different parts of your smile during other parts of the treatment.

Each set of aligners you wear is designed to target specific teeth. So, with each aligner you wear, you’ll target different teeth and gradually move them into perfect alignment.

Compared to fixed braces, Invisalign is a much more controlled and less painful way to align teeth.

It also promotes stronger oral health as it’s easier to clean – and as the aligners are removable, they don’t interfere so much with day-to-day activities.

“We use the data from those millions of smiles and countless individual tooth movements to uncover insights that lead to more innovative ways to straighten teeth, including faster treatment times. And we believe we have the potential to enable and improve almost every type of orthodontic treatment for almost every kind of smile.” – Invisalign

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How long Invis treatment takes

In short, the length of Invisalign times varies because each person’s plan is custom-made to their needs. However, because of Invisalign’s technology, they are one of the fastest orthodontic devices on the market.

That said, each person has a different smile concern or bite problem, not to mention underlying oral issues.

Invisalign might treat faster mild non-extraction cases, but it requires more time than fixed appliance treatment for more complex cases. – NCBI

For example, the number of dental conditions you have and their severity will impact the length of your Invisalign treatment.

We advise you to take advantage of our Invisalign assessments to see how long the process will take for your orthodontic case.

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Andrew Forysth
Andrew Forysth
4 years a customer and always professional yet friendly service. Corrected my major issues (fillings/caps) and while they're keen to ensure ongoing 'perfect teeth' they don't hard sell peripheral / optional treatments. Highly recommended
Lucy MacCarthy
Lucy MacCarthy
I was looking for somewhere with a personal touch, that I could trust and that’s what I got at Mint. They always remember my name and are so polite. After a year of zoom meetings I really wanted my teeth to be straight and the results completely surpassed my expectations. I now feel comfortable taking photos! The team explained everything clearly (I felt I could ask anything multiple times) appointments were always organised and it was a really easy, worthwhile process. My teeth look like my teeth but are now at their best.
Jack Bell
Jack Bell
The clinic is a really lovely place to visit - it is extremely clean and all of the staff are very friendly. They were kind and reassuring all the way through my Invisalign treatment - as well as having amazing technology at their disposal. Dr Imran is so accommodating and kept everything simple, addressing any concerns straight away. All in all I would definitely recommend Mint Dental Clinic, a lovely experience all round.
Mitos Sangil
Mitos Sangil
Dr Patel has done very good job. He explains the procedure very well. He is very skilled. Staff are very friendly and accommodative. I booked for emergency procedure and the team are so quick to respond. The clinic is also very clean. Over all , I highly recommend Mint Clinic in St Georges road to everyone who gets problem with their teeth. 👏👏👏👍👍👍
Cesar Vicente
Cesar Vicente
Amazing experience at Mint dental clinic. Dr R Patel best dentist that has worked on my teeth.He explained all the treatment and has lots of experience. The staff is very friendly and very welcoming. They make you feel right at home. Assistant is very professional and very personable. Really happy with my Invisalign journey and the result.
Charlotte Fox
Charlotte Fox
Best dentist I’ve ever had! Have completed a year of Invisalign with Dr Patel and he has been so reassuring and kind throughout. From the reception staff to hygenists they really go above and beyond to make you feel looked after and special. I couldn’t recommend them enough!
Thomas Geoffrey
Thomas Geoffrey
Over the past six years Dr Raj and Preanka and all of the team at Mint have been exceptional. Every member of the team is exemplary at their expertise and I've never felt in better hands at the dentist. Affordable and top of the range, I would recommend them to anyone.
Mose Aitch
Mose Aitch
Excellent dental practice. A very smartly turned-out surgery. Staff are polite and very professional. I am impressed with the modern teeth scanning equipment. Dr Raj Patel will put you at ease. He is highly professional dentist. I have no problem in recommending Dr Patel and the rest of the Mint team.