Invisalign Lite

Invisalign is an advanced means to straighten teeth, and it is only fitting that Invisalign Lite should carry on the great work this treatment has already accomplished. Invisalign Lite braces work in much the same way as traditional Invisalign braces, however the treatment is designed for less complex cases and treatment time is usually much shorter. Patients are usually given a maximum of ten aligners, with treatment often being completed within six months. As with traditional Invisalign braces the aligners are custom-made for the individual to ensure optimum results.

What are the advantages of Invisalign Lite braces?

Many people worry about wearing braces because they look bulky and unattractive. Invisalign Lite braces are a perfect solution for people who want to improve the overall aesthetic of their teeth without having to wear a brace for a long period of time. The treatment is composed of bespoke clear aligners that are comfortable and require no need for tightening, which can otherwise cause patients quite a lot of pain.

Treatment time with Invisalign Lite braces is also considerably shorter than other treatments. Most patients only require around ten aligners and treatment time can be as little as six months.

Invisalign Lite braces are also removable, which means patients have a greater degree of flexibility. Being able to clean your teeth properly promotes good oral health and also reduces the risk of developing oral health issues.

What does the procedure involve?

The aligners are designed to fit the individual patient. To achieve the perfect fit, digital images and moulds of the patient's teeth are sent away to a laboratory so that technicians can make the aligners to the patient's exact measurements. The aligners will be designed to move the teeth gradually so the shape of the aligners will vary according to their place in the series.

The patient is required to wear each aligner for a set period of time (usually two weeks); the aligner is then replaced with the next aligner in the series. The patient should wear the aligner for 22 hours per day to ensure optimum results.

How much does treatment cost?

Treatment costs are considerably lower than traditional Invisalign braces, as the treatment time is shorter and there is a much smaller number of aligners. However, prices vary according to which dentist you choose and where the clinic is located. You should discuss the total cost of treatment with your dentist before you agree to go ahead, and make sure the quote includes any preparation and aftercare costs.

How long does treatment take?

Treatment time may vary according to the individual case, however almost all treatments are complete within six months. In simple cases, treatment time may only be a matter of weeks.

Is the treatment suitable for everyone?

Invisalign Lite braces are not suitable for everyone. They are generally recommended for patients who have minor orthodontic problems, including:

  • Slight overcrowding
  • Slightly crooked teeth
  • Tiny gaps between the teeth
  • Badly positioned teeth
  • Poor alignment between the upper and lower teeth

Patients who have already had orthodontic treatment may also choose to have Invisalign Lite braces if they have experienced their teeth moving after the treatment. It is quite common for patients to find that their teeth relapse after wearing braces and Invisalign Lite braces can help to hold them in the correct place.

If you have more complex orthodontic problems, which require a great deal of pressure and movement, this treatment will not be recommended. A more intensive treatment, such as the traditional Invisalign braces, will be preferable.