Invisalign: All Your Questions Answered


Invisalign is one of the most popular forms of brace systems and has revolutionised orthodontic treatment by offering a discreet and effective way to straighten teeth. Invisalign is a popular choice among all ages, but it still requires a lot of thought and understanding around how it works, your role in the straightening process, and how to properly maintain the aligners.

Hopefully, this Q&A will help you on your way to making the best decision for your smile.


What is Invisalign and How Does it Work?

Invisalign is a series of clear aligners made from thin, flexible plastic, which straightens teeth gently and gradually, moving them into the desired position for optimal bite and jaw function. Invisalign can fix a range of dental issues, from crooked and gappy teeth to bite issues. Invisalign can fix most dental issues but there are instances where it is not suitable, such as for larger gaps in the teeth, exaggerated tooth position, or if the patient's tooth shape is irregular.

The Invisalign process is tailored to your specific needs and follows a structured pattern consisting of consultation, a treatment plan, and a series of aligners that apply a controlled force to different teeth in different stages of treatment. Once Invisalign is complete a retainer is issued to ensure that your smile stays straight well into the future. 


The Top Questions we’re Asked about Invisalign in Manchester

Below are some of the most asked questions we get here at Northenden House Orthodontist.

Who is Eligible for Invisalign?

Consultation is key for Invisalign as although it is a very popular and successful form of orthodontic treatment, it cannot be used for every type of dental issue. Consulting with an experienced Invisalign provider will help determine if this treatment is the right fit for you.

What Costs are Involved in Invisalign Treatment?

Invisalign treatment costs can vary based on case complexity and location. Discuss the overall cost, and any potential hidden fees, and explore available payment options or financing plans with your orthodontist.

How Long Will I Need to Wear Invisalign?

Treatment typically takes 12 to 18 months, but this can vary based on individual cases and their severity. In more severe cases, Invisalign aligners may need to be worn for up to 36 months.

Will I Need to Make Major Lifestyle Adjustments?

Invisalign aligners are removable, but they should be worn diligently, so discussing any necessary lifestyle adjustments, such as dietary changes or habits that might impact the treatment, is important in making an informed decision.

What are the Benefits of Invisalign Over Other Forms of Treatment?

Comfort and discreetness are the main benefits our customers report over other forms of brace treatment. They also offer treatment without interruption in your diet and a simplified oral hygiene routine, by the removal of the aligner.

How Often Will I Need to Wear my Aligners?

Consistency is key to successful treatment and typically, they should be worn for 22 hours daily.

Can I Remove my Invisalign Trays for Special Occasions?

It is recommended to wear your Invisalign aligners for at least 22 hours a day but, the beauty of the removable trays is that if you have a special event coming up and you don’t want to be photographed wearing your aligner or recorded talking in them, then you can remove them for a very short amount of time.

How Often Will I Need Check-Ups?

Regular check-ups are important to monitor progress and make adjustments but the frequency of your check-ups will depend on your particular case and to ensure you stay on track with your treatment plan.

How Do I Maintain Oral Hygiene with Invisalign?

The beauty of Invisalign is that they are removable, meaning that cleaning your teeth is much easier, as you can brush and floss without needing to manoeuvre around metal brackets and wires. 

Is Invisalign Painful?

Like any orthodontic treatment, Invisalign may cause temporary discomfort which is why it's essential to understand potential side effects and how to manage them during your treatment. It can cause some tension headaches, especially when a new tray is inserted but as time goes on your jaw will adjust.

Can I Still Whiten my Teeth if I have Invisalign?

It is advised to achieve a straight smile before whitening your teeth so that all areas of your teeth can become whitened once they have been moved to their desired position

What Will Happen if I Lose or Damage my Aligners?

Accidents happen, and aligners can get lost or damaged. If this happens report it to your orthodontist right away to avoid any disruption in your treatment plan and increased cost. 

What Happens Once my Invisalign Treatment has Finished?

After completing your Invisalign treatment, it will almost involve wearing a retainer which will either be fixed or removable and depending on the severity of your case.


Speak to a Specialist Orthodontist in Manchester Today

We are always happy to help with your dental questions here at your specialist orthodontist in Manchester, which is why we thought it useful to pull together this Q&A on the most common questions we get asked about Invisalign.  

So, if you’re seeking Invisalign in Manchester, or would like to find out more about how our team at Northenden House Orthodontics could help you achieve the smile of your dreams, contact us today to book your consultation.

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