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Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment based on a system of clear aligners.
Clear aligners are transparent plastic trays that apply gentle pressure to slowly reposition teeth. No brackets or wires are involved, and the aligners are removable. This makes them a popular alternative to braces.
Since its introduction in 1998, Invisalign has treated 12 million people, which has made it the world’s leading clear aligner brand.
Here’s how Invisalign works:
Invisalign is our #1 recommendation because they provide comprehensive, in-person care and can treat more severe cases of teeth misalignment.
Treatment costs up to £5,500 and takes between 3 and 12 months, on average. We recommend Invisalign for almost all mild to severe cases.
Invisalign is an effective treatment for many mild-to-severe cases of teeth misalignment.
Invisalign treatment for these issues ranges between 12 to 18 months. For minor issues, treatment may last as short as 3 months. A more severe issue, or a combination of issues, may increase treatment time.
Invisalign’s cost in the United Kingdom varies according to treatment length, where you live, and your treatment provider.
It can also vary depending on which form of Invisalign you get:
Many dentists and orthodontists offer payment plans to finance Invisalign treatment. These plans vary in their terms, with some being interest-free and not requiring a credit check.
The (NHS) covers orthodontic treatment for those under the age of 18. Invisalign is available for children and teenagers, so this is an option.`
For adults, Invisalign treatment may be covered depending on their specific needs. The NHS uses a 1-to-5 rating system called the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN) to determine this.
Those who receive a grade of 3 may be covered on a case-by-case basis. Those with a grade of 4 or 5 are usually covered. Those who score a 1 or a 2 are usually not covered.
Invisalign is an in-office aligner. This means treatment involves mandatory visits to the dentist’s or orthodontist’s office.
Most aligners in the United Kingdom, besides Invisalign, are at-home aligners.
At-home aligners allow treatment to occur with minimal or no visits to the dentist’s or orthodontist’s office. This is convenient for those with minor teeth alignment problems. But, Invisalign can be more precise due to in-person care.
The cost of Invisalign in the UK ranges between £2,500 and £5,500.
Here are some of the at-home aligners available in the UK and how their cost compares to Invisalign:
PlusDent is a clear aligner company based in the UK. It offers affordable treatment for minor teeth alignment issues.
Highlights of PlusDent include:
PlusDent can treat mild cases of teeth misalignment in 3 to 10 months. Treatment costs £1,390 as a one-time payment.
Straight Teeth Direct is another UK-based clear aligner company that offers the convenience of at-home teeth straightening at an affordable price.
The company has additional attractive offerings, such as:
Treatment with Straight Teeth Direct is £1,350 and takes between 5 to 9 months, depending on the issues involved.
SmileDirectClub pioneered at-home aligner treatment. It first introduced the idea in 2014.
Despite multiple companies since entering the industry, SDC still has useful features, such as:
SmileDirectClub treatment costs £1,539 and takes on average 6 months. We recommend it for mild cases of teeth misalignment.
Straight My Teeth has made a name for itself by offering highly affordable treatment. The company is based in Ireland but also operates in the UK.
Some of Straight My Teeth’s pros include:
Straight My Teeth can correct minor teeth alignment problems in between 6 to 8 months. The cost for treatment is £999.
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