The different types of Invisalign treatment
The team at Invisalign is continuously investing in research to develop the ways they can correct variations of misaligned teeth.
Currently, there are five different types of Invisalign treatments, including Full, i7, Lite, Teen and Go.
Let our experienced clinicians talk you through everything you need to know about Invisalign, including advantages and disadvantages and the different treatments available.
The differences between Invisalign Full and Invisalign Go
The main difference between Invisalign Full and other solutions, such as Invisalign Go, is the length of treatment. Invisalign Go is a shorter treatment programme suitable for minor imperfections and simple cases. It uses fewer aligners, so treatment time can be as short as 4 months. The number of aligner trays used in an Invisalign programme like Go would never exceed 20. An orthodontic case being treated by Invisalign Full would typically use between 30 and 50 separate aligner trays, taking between 12-18 months.
Advantages of Invisalign Full
There are many advantages of choosing Invisalign Full, including:
- Suitable for a multiple range of orthodontic conditions.
- Highly predictable results in the hands of a specialist orthodontist.
- Can remove the aligners to eat, drink and brush teeth.
- Orthodontic payment plans are available to help spread the cost.
- Almost invisible aligners, ideal for patients looking a discreet type of brace.
- Enjoy your favourite foods throughout treatment.
- Teeth are easier to keep clean than with traditional fixed braces.
- Disadvantages of Invisalign Full
- Treatment can take up to 18 months.
- Not available on the NHS.
- A lost aligner will need to be replaced, which could prolong treatment.
- Patients need to remember to wear aligners for 22 hours per day.
- Have to remove the aligners to eat and drink.
- Need to rinse the aligners before replacing them and clean them twice a day.
Advantages of Other Invisalign Treatments
- Short treatment time can get results in just 4 months.
- Lower cost than the full Invisalign treatment plan.
- Ideal for simple cases such as misalignment and gaps.
- Invisalign aligners are discreet and removable.
- Easy to clean throughout treatment.
- Easy to keep teeth clean throughout treatment.
- No need to change your diet.
Disadvantages of Other Invisalign Treatments
- Not suitable for more complex cases.
- Created for general dentistry rather than specialist orthodontists.
- Not available on the NHS.
- Treatment plans can’t be modified by user once treatment starts.
- Removable aligners are more likely to be misplaced.
- For optimum results patients need to wear them for 22 hours per day.
- You will need to remove the aligners before eating or drinking.
- Aligners need to be rinsed every time they are removed and washed twice a day.
Invisalign Full Vs Different Types of Invisalign Treatments
All orthodontic treatment plans will have their advantages and disadvantages which is why it’s so important to visit our practice for a consultation before committing. We believe it makes sense to choose a specialist practice for all consultations so you get the very best clinical advice when it comes to the best orthodontic treatment plan for you.
Some patients won’t be suitable candidates for Invisalign Go, Lite or other of the sub-sets of Invisalign Full. In some cases, other orthodontic treatment options such as traditional fixed braces might be more suitable. If you’re wondering why you should choose an orthodontic practice to have braces fitted, please watch our short video.
If you’re prone to misplacing things or would struggle to wear your aligners for 22 hours per day, Invisalign might not be the right option for you.
The Invisalign Treatment Process
At our specialist orthodontic practice in Reading, we are pleased to offer a free Invisalign consultation. Once we have confirmed you’re eligible for treatment, we’ll take photos, X-rays and a digital scan or a dental impression of your teeth. These records will be used to create a 3D treatment plan, tailored to your individual smile.
The virtual 3D treatment plan shows on a screen the series of movements your teeth will go through over the course of your treatment. This allows you to see your predicted results firsthand. Once we agree on the treatment plan, your custom-made, clear aligners are prepared. After being custom-made and shipped to us, you’ll receive a series of aligners to wear every day and change at home every few weeks. You wear each set of aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day and you’ll visit us every 6-8 weeks to monitor progress, make adjustments and receive new aligners. After finishing your treatment plan, retainers will be required to maintain your new smile.
Will I need to wear a retainer?
At the end of any orthodontic treatment, it’s advisable to wear a retainer at night to keep your teeth in alignment. Without this important step, your teeth may gradually shift back to their original position and you may need further orthodontic treatment.
Do I really need Invisalign?
Every case is different and Invisalign might not be the best option for you. At Park Lane Orthodontics we offer a range of orthodontic treatment options to help you achieve a perfect smile. To explore your options for teeth straightening, we recommend you book an appointment at our orthodontic practice in Reading.
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