Invisalign

The Invisalign system available at Truly Dental Clinic’s Dublin city centre clinic uses the most innovative, discreet and painless teeth-straightening technology available worldwide today

Choosing Invisalign to achieve the stunning, straight smile you’ve always wanted in choosing to invest in your wellbeing, health and happiness that can have lifelong lasting results – all without anyone even knowing you’re wearing braces! 

Invisalign: the most discreet choice

Invisalign: the most discreet choice

Invisalign is a state-of-the-art method, employing the latest in orthodontic materials and technology, that allows you to straighten and perfect your teeth without the need for traditional metal or ‘train track’ braces. The Invisalign system utilises instead a bespoke series of clear, removable and near-invisible but equally effective aligners, which can correct and reposition your teeth without any disruption to your daily life. 

Often adult patients with misaligned, crooked or overlapping teeth, or with an appearance badly affected by crowded or gapped teeth, can feel that they are trapped between their dissatisfaction with the current state of their teeth, and embarrassment at the perceived stigma of moving through the world wearing traditional metal braces after adolescence. Invisalign treatment has been especially popular with our many satisfied adult patients in that exact situation, who have finally found a choice that offers a way out of that dreadful Catch-22 and makes it possible for them too to achieve the confidence, freedom and enjoyment of life that comes with a flawlessly straightened smile. 

Take our quick and easy online pre-assessment to find out right away if Invisalign may be right for you!

Why do people choose Invisalign?

Why do people choose Invisalign?

  • Many adults who would feel self-conscious or embarrassed to wear conspicuous metal braces, especially if they are frequently in the public eye, appreciate the near perfect invisibility of Invisalign aligners, allowing the focus to remain on their new and improved smile! 
  • Extremely comfortable treatment, as unlike with conventional braces Invisalign technology has no need for metal wires which can irritate your mouth
  • The most convenient way to straighten your teeth with ease; you can take your aligners out to eat, brush your teeth like normal or play any high-contact sport, so you don’t need to put any aspect of your life on pause to straighten your teeth 
  • No matter how active, social or public-facing your lifestyle, Invisalign won’t disrupt or slow you down in any way 
  • You can speak, eat and laugh with confidence that no one but you will know you are undergoing a revolutionary dental treatment – take charge of your life with the lift to your self-esteem that comes with showing off a transformed and perfectly straightened smile 
  • Rapid results; the majority of patients begin noticing improvements in their teeth in a matter of weeks from the beginning of Invisalign use, and a greatly accelerated overall treatment time compared to traditional braces, with some patients seeing the completion of their treatment in as little as 6 months. 
  • Affordable, cost-effective treatment alongside Truly Dental Clinic’s host of available payment plans make achieving world-class results with Invisalign possible for all budgets

The Invisalign Process

The Invisalign Process

Initial consultation 

Your dentist will carry out a comprehensive oral examination to assess your suitability for Invisalign treatment. They will want to discuss fully with you at this stage any concerns you have with your teeth and what your ideal smile and treatment outcome looks like for you. 

Your dentist will then take an X-ray to assess the condition of your bone and teeth. Using state-of-the-art equipment, we will then take a digital scan and photos of your teeth - these are analysed and assessed by Invisalign technicians, and following that consultation approximately 3 weeks from your initial appointment your dentist will be able to show you a completed video rendering of how we expect your smile to change over the treatment to give you an idea of the final result. They will also have a treatment plan for you at this point, detailing exactly how long your treatment will take for each stage – only once you are happy with everything at this stage will your dentist proceed with ordering your bespoke Invisalign aligners to be fabricated. 

Your First Set of Aligners

Your Invisalign aligners are custom-made to fit and re-shape your mouth. They are made off-site and will take about 3 weeks to come back to the clinic, when you will be contacted and a fitting appointment booked in for you.

Your dentist at this first long appointment will show you exactly how to place your Invisalign aligners and will give you detailed instructions on how to look after them and get the most out of your treatment. You are of course encouraged to ask any questions during this visit regarding any aspect of daily life wearing your new aligner. 

Your dentist will also have to place small tooth attachments to facilitate tooth movement and the overall treatment - these are made from a composite resin material (the same material used for discreet dental fillings, which are entirely tooth-coloured.) These are painless to place, with little more than air and water required to apply. After your treatment is complete they are easily removed without trace or discomfort.

Once you have received your first aligners and been instructed in how to correctly use them, you will be expected to attend monthly visits at the clinic so your dentist can monitor and assess your progress and catch and offset any issues if they arise - ensuring you complete your treatment with a transformed, beautiful smile. 

To prevent unnecessary risk of loss, damage or mix-up, you are also given the next stage of clear aligners that you will need for that month’s wear at each check-up appointment, so that you do not have to keep safe at home your entire treatment set of aligners from the beginning, and will always be wearing the correct set of aligners for your current stage of treatment. 

Aftercare

All orthodontic treatment to correct and re-position the alignment and straightness of a patient’s smile comes with the risk that your teeth will return to their original position. To prevent relapse, once your treatment is complete and your dentist sees you for your final review, they will strongly recommend that you wear an orthodontic retainer every night. 

A retainer is similar to the clear aligners you will have been using, but it usually need only be worn comfortably at night, as it is intended to maintain the new position your teeth are settling into, not re-position them. Truly Dental Clinic also offers a fixed retainer that is permanently bonded to your teeth lingually (meaning behind the teeth, and so not in plain sight) and your dentist will be able to discuss both options with you at your appointment. 

You will be scheduled in for a review with your dentist a few months after your treatment is complete – this is to ensure that you are getting on well with your retainer, and that no relapse or any other issue is occurring. Some patients at this stage may consider further treatment such as teeth whitening or composite bonding  to improve and fine tune the appearance of their new smiles. Your dentist will be happy to discuss these treatment options with you following the completion of your Invisalign journey, or if at any point during the process you have questions, so you are well-informed about your future options and have plenty of time to make unhurried decisions about this investment into your smile and yourself.

Questions? Answers

Is Invisalign as good as regular braces?

At Truly Dental Clinic, all of our experienced dental team who are specially trained to utilise and treat with the Invisalign system understand the vital role of the initial assessment consultation with every patient, as no two people or their dental history are ever the same, and your dentist will be able to make the right recommendation for your orthodontic, straightening treatment at your consultation. 

The Invisalign system of clear aligners has a proven track record of safely, efficiently and discreetly straightening and correcting teeth and provides very successful results, however there are certain more complex cases where the traditional Train Track Braces are better suited. Invisalign is best employed to treat mild to moderate poor positioning of the teeth, caused by overcrowding, overlapping teeth, or a misaligned bite (such as an open bite, where the upper and lower teeth don’t meet.) 

You will get the same end results from your treatment whether you use Invisalign aligners or conventional Train Track braces – that is stronger, straighter teeth that you can feel confident in. Take a deeper look at our Invisalign aligner processes and braces fitting treatments above, and when you’re ready to book your first consultation with one of our specially qualified dentists they will be delighted to consult with you on your unique situation including your smile goals, dental needs and issues, your lifestyle and time commitments, even your budget, to help you choose which treatment option is best for you.  

What does Invisalign treatment feel like?

Some patients will experience some slight tenderness or discomfort when they begin their Invisalign treatment, or on moving from one aligner stage to the next one, as this 24 to 48 hour period is when the teeth are moving and settling into a new position. This can be managed effectively with over-the-counter pain relief medication, and often patients will report no pain at all! 

Invisalign clear aligners are thin and custom-made to fit snugly and securely against your teeth. Some people will notice a slight change to their speech in the first days of wearing an aligner, such as mild slurring or altered pronunciation of certain sounds. However, this is nothing to worry about, as our mouth and tongue adjust extremely quickly to the new shape and contour and so after a few days this will resolve, and you’ll hardly notice you’re wearing them.

Are there any age limits to Invisalign?

No, there is no age limit on achieving the beautifully straight teeth you have always wanted. 

While Invisalign is most often used to treat adults at Truly Dental Clinic, it can be used to treat teenagers after a full and informed discussion with their dentist. However usually conventional Train Track Braces are recommended for younger patients. 

What are Invisalign tooth attachments?

In order to apply tension to certain teeth and direct them into the correct position your dentist will place ‘attachments’ to certain teeth. These small attachments are made from a composite resin material, similar to that used for some dental fillings. They are completely tooth-coloured and so are barely visible. No drilling or anaesthetic is required to place these tooth attachments, and after your treatment is complete your dentist will remove all the attachments in a very straightforward and painless procedure.

How long does Invisalign treatment take?

The majority of Invisalign cases are completed from start to finish in 1 to 1.5 years. While treatment time is closely correlated to the complexity of the individual case, some shorter time frames than this are possible with milder cases of misalignment. 

Your dentist will be able to give you a detailed treatment plan with an exact estimated time until completion after your teeth have been scanned and the treatment plan put in place at your first appointment. And once you have begun with placing your first aligner, you will move onto a new aligner, gradually correcting your teeth, every 2 weeks, with a monthly check-up with your treating dentist. 

Is Invisalign really invisible?

Invisalign is extremely discreet and inconspicuous - and definitely invisible from a distance, including most photography. It may become slightly noticeable only when someone is up close to you due to the tooth-coloured attachments - however even then it is extremely subtle.

Can I whiten my teeth during Invisalign?

No, it is best to whiten your teeth after your treatment is complete. This is because the tooth-coloured attachments applied to your teeth will prevent the entire tooth surface from being exposed to the whitening agent, which would reduce the overall benefit of that aesthetic treatment. 

Can I eat normally with Invisalign?

Yes absolutely - your Invisalign aligners are completely removable, and so can be taken out when eating, allowing you to eat what you like without discomfort, staining, or worry of your aligner breaking. The fact you can remove your aligner makes them the most hygienic option available and a breeze to keep clean. 

You should make sure that you eat a balanced diet and minimise sugary foods to reduce the risk of tooth decay while wearing your aligners and maintain excellent oral hygiene habits like brushing after each meal where possible. We also strongly discourage smoking while wearing your Invisalign aligners to avoid staining them and preserve the life of your aligner sets. 

How often do I need to change aligners?

Your dentist will provide you with detailed instructions on how to wear your aligner and when you need to change to the next tray. You will be advised to change aligners every 1 to 2 weeks, based on your dental assessment and treatment recommendations. This allows the gradual and safe movement of your teeth into place until you reach your beautiful new smile.

It is normal for your initial and subsequent new aligners to fit snugly at first – this is intended and perfectly normal, and if you wear each aligner for the recommended full 20 hours a day, the fit will improve within 1 to 2 days and cease to cause this mild discomfort. 

 

What happens if I lose or break an aligner?

Each new aligner comes in a dedicated Invisalign storage box, and we strongly encourage you to store your aligner in this box, even when you are only removing them for a short time, to minimise any risk of accidentally misplacing your aligner. 

We also advise you to keep all of your old aligners. When you are finished with one aligner and moving on to the next, you should clean, dry and store your old aligner safely at home. If you damage or misplace your current aligner you can then wear the previous set until you are due to move on to the next stage. Or if the loss occurs when you are due to change to the next set of aligners within 48 hours, you can start to wear this set instead right away. Your dentist will always give you a few trays of aligners at each of your monthly check-ups, the correct amount for the number of aligner changes you will need during each stage between appointments. 

If you have removed your aligner and kept it out for a long period, if they feel very uncomfortable when putting them back in you may need to start to wear the previous set of aligners again - you can call our clinic at any time to ask your dentist for advice on your situation if a set of aligners no longer fits. 

Can I get Invisalign if I’ve previously had braces?

Yes, in most cases Invisalign is a great way to address relapse following previous orthodontic treatment. If your specific case is more severe or complex then another orthodontic method may be required for you to achieve your teeth straightening goals – at your initial consultation to discuss Invisalign your dentist will always carry out a full examination and assessment, with the goal of working with you to best realise your dream smile, before recommending the best course of treatment for you. 

When your Invisalign treatment is complete it is essential that you wear your retainer every night to prevent relapse, as following any orthodontic treatment your teeth will want to return or re-settle to their original position.

Can Invisalign aligners slip off?

No, Invisalign aligners are designed to fit snugly and securely against your teeth without slipping. They won’t interfere with your daily life at all - you can speak, eat and laugh with confidence without them ever falling off or moving on their own accord. 

Is Invisalign safe?

The Invisalign technique ensures that teeth move in a slow and controlled manner as gentle forces are applied to specific teeth gradually over time, making it an extremely safe but effective method to straighten teeth. Invisalign aligners are made from medical grade polymers which have a long history of approval for long-term use within the human body by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). We can guarantee that all the materials used in Invisalign are body-safe and highly biocompatible. 

How much does Invisalign cost at Truly Dental Clinic?

The fabricating cost, fitting and monitoring through the Invisalign process at Truly Dental Clinic start from €3,500. Prices can range up to €5,000 for more complex cases, and your dentist will always discuss and explain fees at the outset of your treatment with us.  

We believe that all patients should have the opportunity to avail of high quality, life-changing modern dental treatment, and we understand that every patient’s situation is different. And so at Truly Dental Clinic we offer a range of payment plans which our dedicated and experienced dental and front of house teams will be happy to go through with you while you choose the payment plan that best delivers on your treatment goals and needs. 

Can I pay for Invisalign in monthly instalments?

At Truly Dental Clinic we are excited to offer several different payment plans to suit all patients’ situations and needs. Your dentist will prepare an orthodontic treatment plan with you during your initial consultation, including a breakdown of the total cost, which our experienced clinical and front of house teams will readily go through with you, along with each of our available payment options, to help you choose the right plan for you. 

We provide one plan that allows you to pay in monthly instalment for your Invisalign trays and all appointment stages, with absolutely no down payment or deposit required and at 0% interest. 

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