Invisible Braces / Invisalign
Invisalign is a clear plastic aligner system, which is an aesthetic alternative to fixed metal braces that are glued to your teeth.
- Invisalign is easily removed for cleaning and eating.
- The aligners must be worn for 22 hours per day.
- Treatment can take as little as 3 months.
The success of treatment is patient-driven and depends on the patient wearing the aligners for 22 hours out of 24 hours per day.
What is involved with wearing Invisalign?
If you are eligible for invisalign, Dr. Ann will carry out a digital scan, photographs and x-rays of your teeth. These records, along with a prescription from Dr. Ann will be used to produce a customised digital plan called a ‘ClinCheck’, allowing you to visualise how your teeth will be straightened. Upon approval of your customised plan, Invisalign will ship all your aligners to the practice. You will be advised to change each aligner on a 1-2-week basis, attending the practice every 6-8 weeks to monitor your progress and collect your new aligners.
How many aligners will I need?
The total number of aligners will vary depending on the complexity of your bite and malalignment. There are several Invisalign packages available at Colm Smith Dental & Specialist Centre and it is best to discuss this with specialist orthodontist, Dr. Ann.
Invisalign provided by our Specialist Orthodontist, Dr. Ann smith, offers the patient 3 options:
Invisalign Express Package
This is the cheapest and shortest type of Invisalign. Invisalign Express is used for simple minor teeth straightening and treatment of minor orthodontic relapse (teeth returning to their original position after they’ve been straightened, normally due to not wearing your retainer).
This treatment can involve the upper and/or lower teeth and usually involves between 1-7 aligners, with one free refinement (additional aligners). Treatment can take as little as 3 months.
Invisalign Lite Package
Invisalign Lite is used to treat mild to moderate cases. Upper and/or lower teeth are treated, with approximately 8-14 aligners and 2 additional free refinements.
Invisalign Teen/Comprehensive Package
Invisalign Comprehensive is designed for the most complex of orthodontic cases. It can treat a full spectrum of adult and teen patients with moderate to severe crowding, open bites, crossbites, deep bites and spacing. It generally involves treating the upper and lower jaws. It is the most extensive of Invisalign treatments requiring a minimum of 15 aligners. On average treatment can take between 12-36 months.
Invisalign vs Invisalign Go
Be sure to check that your Invisalign provider is a Specialist Orthodontist.
Check the register here: Division of Orthodontics
Invisalign vs Invisalign Go
Invisalign have different ‘products’ for Specialist Orthodontists and General Dentists.
All Specialist Orthodontists use the Invisalign Comprehensive Portfolio, to fully straighten your teeth and correct your bite, whereas dentists mainly use a more limited product called Invisalign GO. However, both products are often called ‘Invisalign’.
Invisalign GO is a limited treatment designed to give dentists the opportunity to offer mild to moderate orthodontic treatment for anterior alignment issues. Invisalign GO has more limitations on tooth movement and the number of teeth it can treat. As a result it is designed for fixing anterior aesthetic issues, rather than aesthetic and functional bite issues provided by the Comprehensive Portfolio for Specialist Orthodontists. In addition, Invisalign GO, provided by a dentist, may be more expensive for treatment of mild cases in comparison to treatment of mild cases by a Specialist Orthodontist using the Invisalign Comprehensive Portfolio.
|Invisalign Comprehensive- Provided by Specialists||Invisalign GO- Provided by Dentists|
|Mild, Moderate and Comprehensive (Severe) cases||Mild & Moderate cases ONLY|
|Correction of aesthetic and functional bite||Aesthetic ONLY|
|Can treat all teeth||Anterior teeth ONLY|
|Unrestricted tooth movement||Limited tooth movement|
|3 different packages level depending on complexity||1 fixed package|
|Varying prices based on complexity
(Starting from €1500)
|1 fixed price regardless of complexity (On average between €3000-€4,500)|
|Products to treat teenagers and children|
|Mandibular Advancement feature for correction of Class II malocclusion|
|Invisalign First for treatment with early mixed dentition (6-11 year olds)|
What is the difference between a Specialist Orthodontist and a Dentist?
Specialist Orthodontists spend an additional 3 years training, on top of their dental degree to
accurately assess, diagnose and treat teeth alignment and bite corrections (which are important for
everyday functions such as chewing food and keeping airways fully open). A Specialist Orthodontist is someone who is registered with the Irish Dental Council’s Specialist Register for Orthodontists. You can check if your Invisalign provider is a Specialist Orthodontist by clicking on the following link: Division of Orthodontics
Dental Degree, Specialist Orthodontic Degree and on the Specialist register
|Specialist in Facial growth, dental development and occlusion||Generalist in dental and oral health|
|Specialist in tooth and jaw alignment||Diagnoses and treats diseases affecting the gums and teeth|
|Only does orthodontics||Treats dental problems|
Most local dentists offer Invisalign GO ranging from €3000 – €4,500. At Colm Smith Dental, your Invisalign will be provided by a Specialist Orthodontist and our prices range from €1500 – €3,900, from small minor relapse cases, to more complex cases.
Why choose Colm Smith Dental?
- Treated by a Specialist Orthodontist
- Highly skilled multidisciplinary orthodontic team
- Highly competitive prices
- Uses the latest in Digital Orthodontic technology for assessing, planning and diagnosing each patient.
State of the art technology
At Colm Smith Dental and Specialist centre we use state of the art technology and can create a 3D image of your teeth in just minutes using one of our digital scanners, by Invisalign iTero or 3shape Trios3.
Using the 3D scan of your teeth, our iTero and Trios Scanners can perform a smile simulation showing you what your new teeth may look like before you commit to treatment
- Itero intra-oral scanner – https://www.invisalign.com/the-invisalign-difference/itero-3d-scanner
- 3shape Trios scanner – https://www.3shape.com/en/scanners/trios-3
Advantages of this technology
- Good for gag reflex
- Before and after simulation
Invisalign Teen has been developed with teenagers, parents and leading orthodontists who understand
the active lifestyles and unique treatment needs of teenage patients.
The Invisalign Teen aligners are made with the same Invisalign technology used for Invisalign aligners, moving teeth gradually without the need for metal or wires.
But because teens (and their mouths) are constantly on the move, Invisalign have added a few special features:
To find out more about Invisalign for teenagers, please talk to your Invisalign Provider who’ll be able to suggest the best treatment option for you.
Can Invisalign work for you?
Invisalign® treats a range of straightening issues, ranging from minor tooth movements to more complex cases. Whatever the issue, the result is a new, more even smile that you will want everyone to see.
Here are some of the straightening issues that can be treated with Invisalign.
Overcrowded teeth occur when there is a lack of room within your jaw for all of your teeth to fit normally.
Widely spaced teeth
Widely spaced teeth occur when you have extra space within your jaw.
Cross bites occur when the upper and lower jaws are both misaligned. It usually causes one or more upper teeth to bite on the inside of the lower teeth, and can happen on both the front and/or the sides of the mouth.
Deep bites occur when the upper teeth overlap significantly with the lower teeth.
Under bites occur when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth, usually caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw, or both.
How much does Invisalign cost?
Prices vary depending on the treatment you need. Please discuss this with your dentist during your assessment. At Colm Smith Dental we provide our patients with the knowledge and expertise needed to get the best results.
Our pricing is competitive, and our dentists are highly skilled. Please see our price list below or call one of our practices in Cootehill and Monaghan to find out more.
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You are more than a number for us here at Colm Smith Dental, and we promise to do our utmost to ensure you have a healthy smile and mouth, and you have a reason to smile leaving our clinic
Colm & Lucia Smith
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