Everything You Need to Know About Invisalign

Invisalign dental treatment

When the dentist at Gallery Dental suggests that you get Invisalign, will you have any idea what they are speaking about? Most will not. But do not worry, this article will simplify this information to understand what it is.

Definition of Invisalign

Invisalign is an almost invisible dental alignment treatment offered by The Gallery Dental Practice. Offering patients a solution for crowded or gappy teeth by using a clear aligner/guide.

Invisalign attachments

Invisalign attachments are small pieces of white filling that give the trays something to push against and move your teeth. Attachments are placed strategically in specific positions and angulations.

In order for Invisalign to be effective, it needs a way to actually contact the surface area of our teeth so they can work on moving them into their proper locations as we straighten out those pearly whites. The strategy is called an ‘attachment’, which just means you have some sort of filler placed onto each tooth where there isn’t anything else going on- like metal brackets or bands already holding everything together. When these fillers come off, the dentist recommends brushing thoroughly before putting another tray back in because this will help clean any food particles stuck in between plates.

Invisalign retainers

When finishing Invisalign treatment, your teeth may be inclined to slip back into their original positions. A retainer is used as a post-treatment option to avoid this from happening and locking in the results you’ve achieved so far.

Retainers come in three different types:

  • fixed wire retainers (can’t be taken out),
  • Removable clear retainers (similar to braces without metal wires) or
  • Hawley retainers which resemble traditional dentures because they can pop off if it’s not fitted correctly around your gums.

Invisalign IRP

When you wear Invisalign IPR, the term ‘interproximal reduction’ refers to shaving away small pieces of enamel from your side teeth surfaces. Usually, this is done without causing any visual difference or damage to the tooth itself.

Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign is a convenient option as it doesn’t require much cleaning and can be removed to eat food. In addition, the device allows you to maintain your dental appointments at regular intervals, which provides increased convenience by reducing time spent in the clinic or hospital network.

Finally, this treatment has been shown that after two years of use, over 80% of patients achieved an average increase up to 4mm (0.16in) their ideal tooth position without affecting facial form through bone remodeling, creating more attractive smiles with straighter teeth than ever before.

Take away

When considering orthodontic and dental care, there are many factors to consider. Orthodontists and dentists know what they’re talking about when it comes to your specific needs and will be able to provide the best recommendation for treatment options. They can give you a better estimate of the price as well as the Invisalign treatment. In deciding on cost savings or convenience, though, ultimately, this is an individual decision that only you can make. All in all, this treatment works well.

Contact The Gallery Dental Practice to enquire about Invisalign today.

Advantages of Using a Private Dentist

Reception desk at The Gallery Dental

Private dentists tend to offer more extensive treatment plans, meaning that you can receive more comprehensive treatments and also receive them sooner. This means that you will be in a much better state to enjoy your summer and your holiday. Private dentists are able to provide you with quick dental care, meaning that you can get help with minor dental problems or problems immediately and the services are usually much more affordable than those provided by NHS dentists. In addition to being able to treat you with more comprehensive and more cost-effective services, you may find that private dentists can be more flexible and can allow you to take extra days off work to receive treatment.


The difference between NHS and private dentistry

One big advantage of having your teeth done at a private dentist is that you will be fully covered by the NHS. If you are having any treatment that requires an overnight stay in the hospital, this will be covered. But the NHS will not be paying for your teeth to be fixed. Private dentists can help you access dental treatments that might not be on offer at the dentist you see at the local hospital. These could be services like whitening or veneers. Not all private dentists are the same. Private dentists will usually provide a comprehensive service to their patients. You might see a dentist for cleaning and x-rays but a dentist with a much more extensive service will also be able to give you cosmetic work, crowns and dentures.


Using a private dentist can help you get the treatment you need

This is why a private dentist can be so beneficial to those who don’t have NHS dental insurance, as they have the ability to offer the kind of treatment that only a dental nurse can provide. NHS dentists will use their primary skills to address dental problems, but they are only able to offer a limited range of treatment. A private dentist can offer a wider range of treatments, whether they are medical or dental related, in order to help you with a variety of issues. Cuts, root canals and fillings can all be performed by NHS dentists but these can take a long time to complete and can sometimes be quite expensive.



With a private dentist, you’ll have access to quality treatment at a more affordable price, especially if you’re travelling. You’ll have your teeth in tip-top condition with minimal costs associated with dental care.