Invisalign has been growing in success since its founding in 1997 and has more recently seen even more growth with the introduction of other aligner strategies: Lite and Teen.
The original Invisalign aligner and the procedure
It isn’t really correct to say the ‘normal’ or ‘general’ aligner as every Invisalign aligner is specifically modelled to each patient. The aligner is made using a putty to take a mould of the patient’s mouth which is then sent off to be made. The aligner itself is clear, removable and very easy and comfortable to use.
The aligner is only meant for short term use (usually around 2 weeks) and is then changed with another. Each one of these stages of aligner is slightly different to the one before, making tooth realignment a breeze. The treatment can vary depending on the degree of change that is required to the teeth, but a notable difference can be seen as early as after the first stage and a full change can be seen in as little as a year.
The Invisalign Lite aligner
The Lite strategy aligner is a quicker version of the standard procedure. It is meant for shorter periods of time and for minor changes to tooth alignment which generally means it should be used only if you want to make changes for cosmetic reasons rather than issues related to dental problems. The procedure is still basically the same as the standard one, simply shorter; using a maximum of 10 stages meaning that generally the Lite strategy lasts, at most, just under a year.
The Invisalign Teen aligner
The third specified strategy type from Invisalign is the teen aligner and is based on the procedure of the standard aligner. The teen strategy is adapted to facilitate the still growing teeth of younger teens but is otherwise the same as other Invisalign procedures, when the aligner is shipped to you a large number of spares are sent specially for the forgetful teenager as well!
How much will it cost me?
As with most dental work, prices change from person to person, depending on the work that needs to be done. Because of the way the procedure works you can usually find out exactly how much it will cost and how much time it will take before you commit too much to getting the aligner. You can contact your Harley Street dentist to find out more about the Invisalign family.
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