Does Invisalign give you a lisp? Your top 5 FAQS about this brace answered

Unless you have been living on a different planet, chances are that you have heard about adult orthodontics.

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A far cry from the traditional metal braces of yesteryear, adult aligners are now more discrete and easier to fit around a busy lifestyle, helping you to get the straighter teeth you have always wanted without the fuss of regular braces.

Of course, if you are looking for a way to straighten your misaligned teeth as an adult, this can sound like a dream come true! And while it is tempting to contact our team at Harley Street about invisible aligners immediately, you will probably have some questions about the process.

And that is where we can help! Our team has helped numerous patients obtain a straighter smile using braces like Invisalign in Harley Street, and can answer any queries you may have about this world-famous invisible brace. Overseeing every step of the process, we can guarantee that you will be left with a healthier smile that you won’t be able to stop showing off!

But back to the questions; here are some of the most commonly asked queries that our team receives about Invisalign in Harley Street.

Will I develop a lisp?

Having a new object in your mouth is likely to cause a lisp in those early days but in the long-run, Invisalign in Harley Street can actually prevent speech and pronunciation issues. As your teeth become correctly aligned, your tongue will adjust to the movement which will improve your vocal patterns, making your speech clearer.

Can I remove it whenever I want?

Technically, you can remove this brace whenever you want but if you want it to work, you will need to keep it in your mouth for the majority of the day.

Our team recommends removing it when you are eating or drinking and when you are brushing your teeth but apart from that, it is wise to refrain from removing it. On average, you will need to keep it in your mouth for 22 hours each day.

How long will I wear it for?

This will depend on the severity of the underlying issue being treated but many of our patients who use this brace obtain a straighter smile in around 6 months.

Of course, this will once again depend on your discipline when keeping the brace in your mouth.

Does it hurt?

Invisible braces do not utilise force to move teeth in the same way as regular braces do, but they can still cause some discomfort.

As this brace is based around changeable retainers, you can expect there to be a sensation of pressure for a couple of days after you have changed between aligners. If you experience significant discomfort, talk to our team about potential underlying causes.

Will it rub against my inner cheeks?

Invisible braces can and will often rub against your tongue and inner cheeks, but our team can provide you with dental wax which will soften the hard edges and prevent discomfort.

Wondering if Invisalign is for you? 5 advantages of this brace by Harley Street Dental

When you have misaligned teeth, it can make everyday situations more difficult.

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You may shy away from social engagements and cover your mouth with your hand when talking, making things like selfies or group photos out of your realm of comfort.

If you refused to wear braces when you were younger and are now regretting it, don’t worry! You can still get straighter teeth as an adult and due to advances in modern orthodontic care, you probably won’t need to wear a metal brace.

Known as invisible and clear braces, there is now an entire set of appliances which offer a discreet way for you to straighten your smile.

And at Harley Street Dental, we are proud to be able to offer our suitable patients invisible and clear braces. We can even offer the world-famous Invisalign in Harley Street, so your new smile will not only be obtained discreetly, but it will be comfortable and effective too. Fantastic!

But what are some of the advantages of wearing Invisalign in Harley Street as an adult? Read on to find out!

Better oral health

It is often a concern that wearing a brace will cause secondary issues with oral hygiene; after all, traditional metal braces can cause a myriad of bacteria to accumulate, hence the recommendation to attend hygienist appointments.

With Invisalign in Harley Street, you can remove the brace completely, which allows you to clean your teeth as you usually do, and prevents any plaque build-up which in turn, prevents decay. Great!

Removable

And of course, while removing a brace to clean your teeth has its advantages, you can also remove this aligner when you are eating or drinking; you can even take it out to give a talk at work.

Just ensure that you wear it for the required 22 hours each day which will help you to achieve the desired results in the period which our team has set.

Aesthetics

Another advantage of invisible braces is that they are, well, invisible!

Made from a clear plastic which slots comfortably over your teeth, they will not draw unwanted stares from strangers and will help you to feel more confident while your smile is straightened.

Convenient

Interestingly, this particular brand of invisible brace also has an app which you can use to alert our team as to the progress that is being made, which will help us to keep track while you remain at home.

Adding to the convenience, there are few appointments needed for our team to check on the progress of the braces and as the brace doesn’t require tightening, there is no discomfort after you attend our surgery. Great stuff!

Enhanced control

Many patients worry that because this brace is removable, it offers minimal control over your teeth movement.

Thanks to computer software, this brace offers more precise movements and does so in a comfortable way. If you are worried that your current aligner isn’t moving your teeth as we predicted, contact our team for a follow-up assessment.

Does Invisalign straighten your jawline? 5 FAQs answered by our team at Harley Street Dental

The thought of undertaking braces is tough at any stage in life.

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You may think that in order to get a straighter smile you will need to undertake a metal brace. Luckily, this is not true.

There have been innumerable advances in the area of orthodontics and, as the desire to make braces less visible has been at the top of many patients priority lists, there are now clear and invisible braces which you may be able to choose from.

As the names suggest, these braces are designed to be visually discreet, but that does not mean that they are less functional when it comes to moving your teeth; they simply use a different system!

At Harley Street, we are proud to be able to offer our patients many different types of clear and invisible braces. One of our most popular braces, Invisalign in Harley Street, can help you get the straighter smile you want in as little as 6 months, without attracting unwanted stares from strangers. Perfect!

Want to learn a bit more about Invisalign in Harley Street to determine if it is the correct brace for you? Here, our team answers your top 5 FAQs. Enjoy!

Does it straighten your jaw?

In a word, no, Invisalign in Harley Street does not straighten your jaw.

If you need to have your jaw realigned, our team may need to perform surgery to achieve this or, if the misalignment is less significant, we may decide to use traditional orthodontic braces.

Will it cause a lisp?

After you have had the brace fitted, there may be some initial issues surrounding speech.

However, this is usually resolvable within a few days and is due to your tongue adapting to the presence of the brace in your mouth.

If your speech issues persist, our team can offer you a set of vocal exercises to perform or we may attempt to refit the brace.

Is it uncomfortable?

There is, unfortunately, no such thing as a comfortable orthodontic procedure.

And, while this invisible brace is comfortable enough to be worn while you sleep when a new aligner is fitted, you may feel something akin to discomfort and pressure for a couple of days. This is normal and is part of the realignment process.

Can it correct an overbite?

Depending on the severity, yes it can.

However, you will need to attend a consultation with our team in Harley Street to assess whether or not your unique clinical issue is suitable for treatment with this invisible brace.

If you aren’t, don’t fret as there are many other discrete braces that you may be suited for.

How long will I need to wear it for?

This will depend on the severity of the issue being treated and whether or not you follow the instructions that our team provides you with. On average, this brace takes 6 months but this will depend if you follow our dental teams’ advice. Simple!

Been told you need a brace? 5 advantages of Invisalign for teenagers by Harley Street

Being a teenager can be hard.

And it can seem to be a whole lot harder after a trip to the dentist when you are told you could benefit from wearing a brace! Instantly, visions of metal brackets and wires will appear in your head and all of the social awkwardness that can be created.

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Luckily, there is now a way for suitable teenagers to have their smiles straightened without wearing traditional, orthodontic braces.

When you come to Harley Street Dental Clinic, we will always aim to keep your popularity in vogue by checking your suitability for Invisalign Harley Street. As the name suggests, this brace is invisible and is custom-fitted to slot over the top of your teeth. No metal, no wires and no unwanted stares, this brace could be the saving grace that you are looking for!

But what are some of the other benefits of wearing Invisalign Harley Street as a teenager?

Better oral health

While you should visit a hygienist once a year, there is no need to do so more often while wearing Invisalign Harley Street.

This brace is removable and so, you can take it out to clean your teeth, ensuring that your pearly whites stay, well, pearly white! Long term, this brace reduces the risk of cavities and gum disease when used properly.

Removable

As we said earlier, this brace is removable and while this offers an advantage for cleaning your teeth, it allows other benefits too.

You can take the brace out when you are giving a presentation at school or college, and remove it when you are playing sports. Just be sure to wear it for the minimum time required each day to reap the benefits of this brace.

Accelerated treatment

OK, so while we could talk about how adults need a quick-acting brace due to their lifestyles, we know that teenagers don’t want to sit around waiting either!

This invisible brace can work in as little as 3 months but has an average time of 6-9 months to straighten teeth. Of course, this will depend on the severity of the underlying misalignment being treated and whether or not you have worn it for the appropriate amount of time each day.

Our team in Harley Street will be able to offer you a more accurate breakdown of how long this brace will take to straighten your teeth.

Comfort

As parents we all remember that one child in school who wore a traditional brace and complained about it being uncomfortable.

As this brace uses a pushing motion as opposed to a pulling one, it is more comfortable to wear in daily life and requires no tightening; it is even comfortable enough to sleep in. So it could be easier to persuade your offspring to use.

Excellent results and integration

And finally, this brace offers fantastic results, with over a 96% success rate after 5 years. It is also easy to fit into your day to day life, taking the literal pain out of orthodontic treatments. If you want to know more, contact our team at Harley Street today!

Is hygiene as important when wearing Invisalign braces?

When it comes to basic dental care, hygiene is important.

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It works as a solid basis to promote good oral health and is often the first thing a cosmetic dentist will check before beginning any cosmetic procedure. In short, it is the basis on which all other dental care is built.

If you are one of the many adults in the UK who is beginning orthodontic treatment with an invisible aligner, you may feel that there are no additional requirements surrounding hygiene. After all, these braces are typically removable, allowing you to take them out for check-ups, eating and for your twice-daily brushing. But when it comes to invisible braces, hygiene is equally as important as it would be with a traditional orthodontic brace.

When you come to Harley Street Dental for treatment with invisible braces, our team will advise you on the best way to keep your dental hygiene at a high standard. Our team has helped thousands of our patients get the straighter smile they have always wanted using Invisalign in Harley Street, so we know how to keep your oral health in top shape throughout any orthodontic treatments.

But how can you ensure your oral health stays in good condition while undertaking Invisalign in Harley Street? Read on for our dentists top tips.

Invest in a mini toothbrush

When you wear this brand of invisible braces, you will need to invest in a mini toothbrush to carry with you to work or when you meet up with friends for a meal.

Why? Because Invisalign in Harley Street presses against your teeth, and if your teeth are not clean, it may push the bacteria and plaque against the enamel, speeding up issues like decay.

Be sure to always brush your teeth with water before putting your brace back in, to ensure good hygiene is maintained.

Clean the aligners every day

Another advantage of having a removable brace is that it is easier to clean.

With this particular aligner, you can either rinse it under a lukewarm tap or invest in a targeted cleaning solution. These will remove bacteria that can lead to decay. Never wash this brace in hot water or use mouthwash to clean them; this can cause discolouration and even warping!

Storage

When you receive your aligners from our team in Harley Street, they will come with a storage box.

To keep your aligners clean when out and about, ensure that they are always kept in the supplied storage. Not only will this prevent them from becoming damaged, but it will also protect them from bacteria in the surrounding environment.

Staining prevention

Acid is a big no-no when it comes to dental health and when you are wearing invisible aligners, it is advisable to cut back on acidic products to prevent staining and enamel erosion.

Both stains and erosion can cause further issues related to hygiene, such as plaque and cavities. Make sure you always brush your teeth after that morning cup of coffee or juice!

Not sure whether to have veneers or Invisalign braces? A comparison from Harley Street Dental

When you hide your smile in group photos, it may be time to seek help.

Far from being a cosmetic issue, having a misaligned smile can impact on confidence, mental health and if the misalignments are complex enough, it can even impact on your ability to chew food correctly. Yikes.

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There are currently many cosmetic procedures which can alleviate both the functional and cosmetic problems linked to a misaligned smile. However, choosing the right treatment for your specific needs is paramount to long-term confidence and better oral health.

At Harley Street Dental, our team is happy to be able to offer suitable patients these cosmetic treatments. If your smile is off-centre and you need it straightened quickly, you may be a suitable candidate for Invisalign in Harley Street. However, if you are looking for a faster way to close gaps and create better symmetry, we may be able to offer you a different option. Perfect!

In this article, we will compare 2 treatments which may be suited for people with slightly misaligned teeth, small gaps or issues with symmetry; porcelain veneers and Invisalign in Harley Street. Enjoy!

Treatment time

Of the two options, Invisalign in Harley Street will typically require a longer time commitment.

To create veneers, our team will need to scan your teeth and send these images to a laboratory to have the veneers created. While this process can take up to 10 weeks, invisible aligners have an average treatment time of 6 months.

So, of the 2, veneers are faster.

Comfort

As is the way with orthodontics, any pressure (no matter how minimal) which is applied to your teeth is going to be uncomfortable.

While this is usually manageable with over the counter pain relief, some people find the pressure from invisible braces tougher to manage. With veneers, our team won’t even need to apply a numbing injection to your mouth. We simply remove a fine layer of enamel from each tooth which is having a veneer placed on it, apply dental cement and then fit the veneer.

Current dental hygiene

Both procedures will need your oral health to be in good condition. If you have gingivitis, cavities or other dental issues, our team will need to treat these before beginning either treatment.

However, poor oral health in the long-term is more likely to cause veneers to fail, as the swelling of the gums may cause them to fall off.

Treatment goal

Invisible braces can correct crowding, spacing, over, under or crossbites while also creating a more symmetrical smile.

Veneers are somewhat limited in this regard; they can create a whiter smile that has fewer gaps and better symmetry, but they cannot treat bite issues or overcrowding. Therefore, your long term treatment goal will impact on which procedure is more suitable.

Cost

Many patients are surprised to learn that in the long-term, invisible braces are often more affordable.

This will depend on how many veneers you plan to have fitted and how long you wear the invisible braces for.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign Harley Street is a quick solution to fixing a misaligned smile. If you want a new and improved looking smile then you may be surprised to know that you do not have to rely on metal braces, these aligners are used to straighten the teeth gently, safely and quickly, whilst being invisible and removable. Many people choose this option as they wish to conceal the fact that they are undergoing treatment and as these aligners are clear in nature. The aligners are made to fit your individual mouth pattern as the aligners fit over the teeth and this gently coaxes the teeth into the correct position. This article will run through why you should choose this treatment as well as how this treatment works. If at the end of this article you do decide that this treatment is the one for you, then you should consider getting in touch with us here at the Harley Street Dental Clinic.

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Why should you choose this treatment?

If you decide on using Invisalign Harley Street to improve the look of your smile then you will be able to utilize the cutting edge technologies that this practice has access to, such as the iTero machine which is used to show you what your teeth will look like once you have finished the course of treatment, the machine can also be used to accurately measure your teeth so your aligners fit over your teeth perfectly and you can achieve the best results. Because you have access to the iTero technology you do not have to go through the messy process of having impressions taken. The results of this treatment are fast and accurate allowing you to build yourself the smile that you always wished that you had. This treatment is custom made allowing you to have a personalised experience. This treatment has a proven track record with past patients who would not hesitate to recommend this treatment to you. If this treatment sounds like the one for you then you should read on to the next section to discover how this treatment works.

How does this treatment work?

During your free consultation of your Invisalign Harley Street, we will ensure that your mouth is healthy and get an idea of your mouth shape so we can plan out the course of your treatment. We will then show you how your smile will look after the treatment. We will fit your first aligners at your next appointment. This aligner will get to work immediately to straighten your smile. We will keep in touch with you and your developing smile to check that everything is going smoothly. The practice is always on hand to ensure that you have all your questions answered. Our friendly team is always on hand to ensure that you understand the process and how best to look after your smile both as you undergo the treatment and when the treatment finishes. You will be provided with retainers once you have finished the course of your treatment so you can maintain the look of your new smile. The aligners gently force the teeth into their correct position and give you a brand new, fresh looking smile.

Facts about Invisalign

There are now several orthodontic treatments available that you might have trouble making a decision. Or, on the contrary, you might be on the fence about having braces fitted because of how they might look, feel and affect your lifestyle.

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Invisalign in Harley Street is the ideal straightening solution for professional adults and self-conscious teens who don’t want to wear an orthodontic device that draws attention, feels uncomfortable or places restrictions on their quality of life.

At Harley Street Dental, we provide these and other inconspicuous straightening aids that you won’t mind wearing! Take a look at some of the surprising facts about Invisalign!

The Invisalign inventor wore standard braces

You read correctly, a man called Zia Chishti experienced the highs and lows of wearing braces. He came up with the concept of Invisalign while wearing his post-treatment retainers. His thinking was along the lines of “if clear aligners should prevent shifting, surely they could also function like braces to straighten teeth?”

It turns out, he was right, and in 1997, his company introduced Invisalign to the world of orthodontics.

Invisalign in Harley Street has been designed to fit the unique shape of your mouth

Using advanced technology, i.e. a 3D imaging scanner called iTero, aligners are personalised to your unique mouth.

We can provide you with accurate predictions

Using the above mentioned cutting-edge equipment, we can show you how your smile is likely to look after you’ve finished treatment, providing you with realistic potential results.

During treatment, we use the same device to monitor your treatment to determine whether everything’s on track and show you the progress that’s made.

You can sometimes remove the device

But not all the time – Invisalign in Harley Street should only be taken out to eat, brush your teeth, and play sports. Not wearing the device regularly can delay your treatment, or worse, stop it from working altogether.

Straighter teeth and improved oral health guaranteed

Straight teeth and a correctly aligned bite might make your smile more appealing, but they also improve the general state of your oral health.  With zero gaps and fewer areas for plaque to accumulate, you’ll have little difficulty in maintaining your dental hygiene, and in turn, fending off nasty infections originating from ineffective cleaning of the teeth and gums.

A more comfortable user experience overall

Metal braces are effective in straightening teeth; there’s no doubt about that. But this comes at a cost. The user experience isn’t flawless. You will feel discomfort and pain when your braces are initially fitted, tightened, and when metal rubs against the skin, resulting in abrasions, cuts and sores. If the metal snaps or breaks, having them repaired can also hurt.

Invisible braces are more comfortable to wear. The discomfort you might feel as your mouth adjusts to the aligners will fade. Furthermore, because of their removable nature, you bear zero risks in damaging the aligners when you eat, brush your teeth or play contact games.

Worn by well-known people

Are you worried about what people might think about your straightening aid? If Oprah Winfrey and Serena Williams, women who are forever in the limelight, were happy wearing invisible braces in public, so should you. The device is practically invisible, so your boss, colleagues, and friends won’t notice your aligners.

Straight teeth the easy way with Invisalign in Harley Street

If you are one of the many people who have crooked, cramped or gapped teeth, then it is likely you have considered some kind of treatment in order to straighten them. Professional treatment does tend to be expensive and unfortunately, many people put off this kind of care believing it to be purely aesthetic and that cosmetic treatment is more of a luxury than anything else.

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In regards to the health of your smile, straight teeth is not just a cosmetic issue however, with cramped and crooked teeth impacting the health of your teeth and gums. The biggest cause for concern is where teeth cross over or are closely packed together it is more difficult to clean. Often dentists find a build-up of plaque and tartar in these areas which erode away at the enamel and cause cavities.

Over time, the strength of your teeth is compromised which can lead to eventual tooth loss if not caught early.

When you have straighter teeth, we believe that you feel better about your smile and the flow on effect of this is that you are more likely to care for your teeth more. With regular check-ups and cleaning treatments, your smile can look and feel its best.

What is an easy way to achieve a straighter smile?

Invisalign in Harley Street is one of the more popular treatments available these days because of the straightforward and flexible approach. A lot of adults are not very keen to wear traditional fixed braces as they believe it may have a negative impact on their professional appearance which can hinder positive movement in their careers.

Others simply feel more self conscious sporting fixed braces which is an unfortunate factor that if can be avoided, should be. Thankfully, Invisalign in Harley Street addresses these concerns and provides a suitable option for adults and teenagers alike who are looking to straighten their teeth quickly and discreetly.

How does it work?

Rather than pulling teeth into their correct position like traditional fixed braces do, Invisalign in Harley Street pushes teeth gently into alignment through the use of a clear plastic tray that is changed every few weeks throughout the course of the treatment program.

You must wear this aligner for at least 22 hours each day in order to achieve the desired results. We can discuss with you the changes that your smile will make over the coming months after you complete a scan so that we can show you a visual representation of your journey. This innovative scanning technology is the heart and soul of this teeth straightening treatment and is how we are able to affordably and accurately manipulate the position of your teeth in the best possible way.

It does take quite a lot of motivation and willpower to go through this treatment because it is up to you to keep wearing the aligners every day. We are happy to support and help you however we can and thankfully, there is a huge online support system made up of the millions of other people worldwide who have used and are going through this treatment.

What is Invisalign?

You may want to consider Invisalign in Harley Street if you are looking for a straighter and healthier looking smile. This treatment is almost invisible, allowing you to straighten your smile using custom-made aligners to exert a gentle force that brings teeth into the best position. The aligners are clear and discreet, allowing you to continue your day-to-day life without the treatment affecting your lifestyle. The aligners are removable for eating and brushing, ensuring that they fit in with your daily schedule, rather than you having to adapt to the treatment.

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These aligners are effective for a variety of cases and the results from the treatment can even be viewed before you even place your first aligner in your mouth. This treatment is very popular amongst those looking to correct their smile, and it is now easier than ever to straighten your smile. This article will discuss how the treatment works as well as whether we think this treatment could work for you.

How does this treatment work?

The treatment of Invisalign in Harley Street is done in six specific steps. In the first step you have the opportunity to attend a free consultation which uses 3D technology to see how your smile will look after the treatment. During the second step your mouth is checked to ensure healthy teeth and gums and then you are issued with an individual health care plan. The third step involves looking again at how the teeth will be moved during the treatment. During the fourth step you will be fitted with your first set of aligners which will begin to work immediately. Your dentist will work with you to ensure that you know how to best care for your smile during your treatment. The fifth step involves you keeping in contact so we can ensure the Invisalign is working in the correct way as you will also receive the next set of aligners. The final step ensures that your new smile will stay put with the use of retainers.

Why should I try this treatment?

There are many reasons why we think that Invisalign in Harley Street could be the perfect method of straightening your teeth. The process of fitting these aligners is comfortable with no mess that is commonly associated with impression materials that have been used in the past. Once you have been fitted with your aligners you can breathe and swallow as you normally would, ensuring that these aligners do not infringe on your day to life. The nature of the materials used ensures that there is no unpleasant taste or smell associated with the wearing of aligners.

This treatment is fast in different ways; the 3D technology means that you can get your aligners quickly and you can see how your smile will look post-treatment immediately. You can also be assured that you will receive faster delivery times of your personalized Invisalign plan, ensuring your smile could be perfected faster than if you were to choose another route. The aligners are made to fit your mouth and your mouth alone, making sure that you are in the best hands possible.