Invisalign and Invisalign Teen

Invisalign and Invisalign Teen

Invisalign is a series of clear, custom-made removable aligners used as an alternative to traditional fixed braces. The aligners are transparent and almost invisible making this a popular form of treatment amongst adults and teenagers who would like to straighten their teeth without the look or feel of fixed braces.

The aligners are changed by yourself at home every 2 weeks to gradually move your teeth into the new position. They need to be worn for a minimum of 22 hours per day and are taken out for eating, drinking and tooth brushing which makes good dental hygiene easier than with a fixed brace.

Invisalign Teen is identical to Invisalign for adults with the addition of tiny indicators on the back of the appliance which change colour over the 2 week period the aligners are being worn to confirm that the teenager has been wearing their aligners for the prescribed period of time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which patients are suitable for Invisalign?

The vast majority of patients can be treated using. Dr Coley-Smith is a leading Invisalign provider and has treated over 200 patients with the appliance system.

Will if hurt?

It is unusual for patients to experience discomfort from treatment with aligners.

Can I play wind instruments or contact sports?

The aligners can be removed to play wind instruments and for contact sports.

Will I need to wear another brace once my treatment has finished?

Once the active phase of your treatment has finished you will need to wear a retaining brace (retainer) to hold your teeth in their corrected position. The retainers may be removable or they may be permanently fixed behind your front teeth. The length of time these have to be worn can vary.

How often will I need an appointment?

You will need to attend for an appointment every 8 weeks. It is possible to have longer intervals between appointments and we have patients who travel abroad for extended periods of time. It is important that this is discussed in detail before treatment commences.

Will if affect my speech?

The effect on speech is usually minimal and only for a very short period of time.

Do I still need to see my regular dentist?

Yes. It will be important for you to have check-ups with your regular dentist throughout your course of orthodontic treatment so that your teeth can be checked for any signs of decay.

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    Other Treatments Provided by Solihull Orthodontic Centre

    Private Treatment

    Private orthodontic treatment is available to patients of all ages. You can be referred to us by your family dentist, or self refer.

    Ceramic Aesthetic Fixed Braces

    Ceramic aesthetic fixed braces are a good choice if you are concerned about the appearance of metal braces. They work in exactly the same way as stainless steel appliances but are made from a translucent ceramic so that they blend with the underlying tooth colour.

    NHS Treatments

    NHS treatment is available to eligible patients under 18 years and is intended to provide treatment for those patients who require it on the grounds of dental health.

    Functional Appliances

    A functional appliance is made up of two parts, one that fits in the upper jaw and one that fits in the lower jaw. They work together to alter the way that your teeth bite together by holding the lower jaw forwards.

    Traditional Fixed Braces

    Fixed braces are carefully bonded onto the teeth and stay in place for the course of treatment. Straightening wires run between the various attachments and are held in place with elastics.

    Removable Braces

    Removable braces can be removed from your mouth yourself for cleaning. They are used to carry out simple tooth movements and often used in conjunction with a fixed brace.


    Following orthodontic treatment it is important that the teeth are held in their new straightened position. This can be achieved by wearing removable or fixed retainers or a combination of the two.