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Sep 2021

Invisalign Lite - a guide to treatment and costs

Invisalign is the world's most well known clear aligner orthodontic treatment. However, not many people know about the history of Invisalign and how it all came about.

History of Invisalign

Invisalign all started in the mid-90s, when a young Stanford student named Zia Chisti was undergoing orthodontic treatment with fixed braces. As a university student, he experienced many of the inconveniences that come with getting braces as a busy adult such as irritation , pain, brackets coming off, sharp wires and numerous appointments to name a few. Chisti thought there had to be a better way. And when he received his clear retainer at the end of treatment, he wondered why patients couldn't straighten their teeth with a series of plastic retainers instead of traditional braces.

In the coming years, Chisti teamed up with another Stanford student, Kelsey Wirth, as well as too graduate students, Apostolos Lerios and Brian Freyburger. In 1997, they cofounded Align Technology, the company behind Invisalign. The team took on some investment, and with their access to Stanford's CAD modelling and 3D printing equipment, began to develop prototypes of what would eventually become the Invisalign aligner. At the same time, they developed a software program that could create a model of a person's current bite, then design a series of aligners that would shift the teeth to create a straight, healthy new bite. The Invisalign System was born and after a year of development, it was submitted to and approved by the FDA.

Invisalign Lite

Over the years, Invsialign has transformed drastically to embrace digital technology and improve their product which is by far and away the best on the market. (our opinion having used all of the copycats!) There are now several Invisalign products available to dentists which brings us to Invisalign Lite. The Lite version is specifically for mild to moderate crowding with treatment time frames of around 6-8 months. Within the package, there are 14 initial aligners to correct the main crowding issues. After this first set, we have the opportunity to fine tune any crowding using refinement aligners. As of October 2021, Invisalign Lite allows 2 sets of refinements of 14 aligners within each package. This provides us with ample scope for adjustments and minor corrections.

How Does Invisalign Lite Work?

The process is seamless. Initially, after a full comprehensive examination, we will take 3-D scans of your mouth, x rays and photographs. Once we have deemed the mouth healthy, you are ready to start the journey. We will send the records to Invisalign who will then provide us with a Clincheck video. This will show us a projection before and after Invisalign an how long treatment will possibly take. We will also see where attachments are needed and if space is required between the teeth which is called IPR- interproximal reduction. This will be checked by our expert dentists and modifications made so that the optimal result can be reached. Once we are both happy, approval can be given and the aligners will be ready to fit within 2 weeks usually.

Invisalign Lite Before and After

Here is a great case where we have used Invisalign Lite to correct moderate crowding, align the arches, level the teeth and transform the smile with some whitening and cosmetic bonding.

The Cost of Invisalign Lite

Our Invisalign Lite package includes treatment for both upper and lower teeth, final fixed and removable retainers, a tooth whitening pack and cosmetic contouring of any uneven edges. The overall fee is just £3000. Compared to the cost of fixed braces, this is incredibly good value for money! If you are considering Invisalign treatment this year, please arrange a free video consultation with our experienced dentists. We are here for you and ready to guide you with the utmost care and dedication.


Sep 2020

Case of the month August 2020- Invisalign, tooth whitening and cosmetic bonding

Time is flying by! Kids are back in school, days are getting shorter but at least the sun is still shining. We have been so busy, that we have not posted our case of the month for August. However, the wait has been well worth it with a superb smile transformation using Invisalign clear braces, tooth whitening and cosmetic bonding or teeth bonding. Initially, our patient came to us with quite short, yellow and crowded teeth. The brief was to be as minimal as possible and try to maintain the teeth as much as … READ MORE
Dec 2019

Tips on eating with Invisalign

For many, the Invisalign is a blessing. Not only does it help straighten teeth just as well as traditional braces, but it does so without being noticeable. It also allows the user to remove it before participating in activities such as sports, social occasions or work meetings However, when it comes to eating, it may not be as simple as most Invisalign users think. Need help figuring out what to do and not to do when it comes to eating with Invisalign? Here are five tips to keep in mind: Take It Off Wh… READ MORE
Sep 2019

6 tips on making the most from Invisalign

Are you a user of Invisalign? If so, that's great! There are many advantages that it has over traditional metal braces or brackets. Compared to other conventional options, Invisalign is known to be much less painful and noticeable. However, if you don't care for it properly, you may never get that smile you've always wanted. Here are six tips you must remember when using Invisalign: Clean and floss daily No matter where you learn about Invisalign, this tip is the most important of them all - rinse and… READ MORE
Sep 2019

5 ways to keep Invisalign Aligners Clean

Years ago, those looking to straighten their teeth only had one option: metal braces. Today, however, Invisalign is becoming increasingly available to the public. People are now choosing removable aligners over metal braces because they don t irritate the teeth and gums. Not only are they more comfortable to use but they are significantly easier to maintain. Your mouth is a part of your body that gets dirty throughout the day, so these plastic aligners must be washed daily. Here are five ways to keep your… READ MORE


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