What is Invisalign and how much does it cost?

At Revitalise Dental Centre, we are proud to be registered Invisalign treatment providers. We believe Invisalign is the leading clear aligner technology. As Invisalign providers, we offer Invisalign’s state-of-the-art technology from our eco-friendly practice in St Agnes, Cornwall. Invisalign offers more than a cosmetic solution to straight teeth; it can improve your oral health and provide a long term solution to misaligned teeth and dental health issues.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a revolutionary treatment that gradually aligns teeth using a series of clear, removable aligners. Unlike traditional alignment technology, Invisalign uses no metal brackets or wires, and you can remove the aligners to eat. This makes Invisalign aligners preferable over conventional methods of teeth alignment, as they offer a less restrictive and more flexible way of getting straighter teeth.

Invisalign is different from other clear alignment technologies. Invisalign aligners are made from a patented thermoplastic material called SmartTrack. This plastic has been created exclusively for your Invisalign treatment and offers comfort and flexibility and reduces the chance of braces snapping or breaking, which can cause oral health problems and disrupt treatment.

How does Invisalign work?

Using a series of clear aligners, Invisalign gradually straightens teeth to give you a naturally straight smile. During your initial consultation, your dentist will assess your suitability for Invisalign and discuss your expectations for treatment. Moulds of your teeth will be made, and your bespoke aligners will be created. Following this, you will receive your clear aligners to take home to begin your treatment.

The treatment process can take anywhere between 3 – 18 months, depending on the level of treatment required. Each aligner gradually moves your teeth to create the movement necessary to align your teeth sustainably. Unlike traditional alignment technology, Invisalign aligners can be removed quickly at any point in the process.

The Treatment Process

The Invisalign treatment process at Revitalise is a personal and efficient service that makes the most of our highly knowledgeable staff and Invisalign technology.

The Initial Appointment

Before you begin Invisalign treatment, we must assess your suitability and ensure your overall oral health is good enough to proceed. Once we have assessed that you are a suitable candidate for Invisalign, your Revitalise dentist will create a bespoke treatment plan to map out the exact movements of your teeth. We will then send these to the lab to develop custom-made retainers to ensure that the correct amount of force is applied to different areas of your mouth at the right time.

Receiving Your Aligners

Next, you will receive your bespoke Invisalign aligners to begin treatment. Your Revitalise dentist will explain your treatment process and answer any questions about treatment. Following this, you will take your aligners home to start your Invisalign treatment. You will be expected to wear your aligners for 22-24 hours a day to receive the best results.

We are always on hand should you need any assistance during your Invisalign treatment. Our patient care team are always happy to help.

Finishing Invisalign Treatment

Once you finish your Invisalign treatment, you will return for a check-up. At this point, you may be advised to wear a retainer. Regardless of whether you choose Invisalign or a fixed brace method such as Six Month Smiles, It may be necessary to wear a retainer at night to maintain the new alignment of your teeth.

What are the primary benefits of Invisalign treatment?

Invisalign corrects misaligned teeth. Having straighter teeth is not just a cosmetic fix. It allows for easier maintenance, making it easier to clean your teeth at home, helping to avoid a build-up of plaque, leading to oral health problems such as gum disease.

There are many different ways to get straighter teeth. Traditional fixed braces prescribed by dentists may have dominated orthodontics for years. However, the method of using long term, metal fixed braces can be prohibitive for many patients who desire flexibility. Especially when it comes to adult orthodontics, for whom flexibility and discreet treatment may be at the forefront of their mind.

The patented SmartTrack material provides comfort, providing a bespoke fit to ensure that your Invisalign journey is pain-free at every step. The flexibility of removing Invisalign retainers when needed means that you will not have to worry about avoiding certain foods or getting debris stuck between your teeth. Although the Invisalign retainers will have to be worn between 22-24 hours per day, you can easily remove them when needed.

Am I guaranteed to have straight teeth with Invisalign treatment?

Although it is impossible to guarantee an outcome with Invisalign treatment, Invisalign has helped 9 million people worldwide achieve their dream smiles. As long as you share your goals with your dentist and stick to your treatment plan, including wearing your retainers for 22-24 hours per day, you should receive the results you desire.

Is Invisalign right for me?

If you currently have misaligned teeth and are looking to get a straighter smile without the nuisance of fixed braces, Invisalign could be the perfect solution for you. Invisalign has helped 9 million people to get a straighter smile, and the flexibility and comfort of treatment make it an excellent option for most people. Some circumstances may mean that Invisalign is unsuitable for you, but your Revitalise practitioner will discuss this with you during your consultation.

How is Invisalign different from other alignment alternatives?

Invisalign uses patented technology to create invisible retainers which are discreet and comfortable for the duration of your treatment. Metal brackets and fixtures often used in traditional orthodontic treatment can break and irritate the mouth and gums. Invisalign clear aligners are created to your exact gum shape so that they are as comfortable as possible to wear throughout your treatment.

The success of Invisalign has led to the rise of many other clear alignment technologies attempting to offer a similar service without attention to detail. Many copycat providers do not offer bespoke clear aligners explicitly fitted to your mouth, leading to bleeding gums and dental complications that may need further work.

We work with Invisalign as they are trusted internationally and have straightened the smiles of over 9 million patients worldwide.

How much does Invisalign treatment cost?

Invisalign treatment at Revitalise costs £3800. This includes appointments during treatment, Invisalign retainers, and teeth whitening once your treatment is complete. At the time of booking, a non-refundable 10% deposit covers the cost of an initial consultation.

Do dentists perform Invisalign treatment?

All Invisalign treatment at Revitalise is guided by Invisalign trained dentists. Alongside Invisalign training, all dentists at Revitalise are highly skilled practitioners with specific expertise in different areas of dentistry. Our roster includes dentists with particular interests in endodontic and orthodontic dentistry and some of the finest cosmetic dentists and implantologists in the country.

Our dentists will assess your overall oral health to ensure that you are a suitable candidate for Invisalign. They will also advise whether any further treatment is necessary to enhance and maintain your smile once treatment is finished.

Can Invisalign treatment help my overall oral health?

Straighter teeth can help control plaque which could lead to gum problems, preventing further damage to your oral health. It becomes easier to manage your oral health by straightening crowded teeth as gaps between teeth are easier to reach with floss or tipi brushes. This means that food debris is not left between the teeth to cause decay.

When you feel confident about your smile, you are more likely to look after your teeth to maintain your new look. By achieving your goals, you can take pride in your new smile and ensure that you maintain excellent oral health at home.

How often do I have to wear my Invisalign aligners?

You will need to wear your Invisalign aligners for 22-24 hours a day for the duration of your treatment. The length of treatment will depend on your needs. For some patients with just minor alignment issues, treatment can take as little as three months. You can remove your clear aligners to eat as long as they are replaced once you finish your meal.

If you do not wear your aligners for the allotted amount of time or there are gaps during treatment, you could derail your treatment plan. This might mean that your aligners become unsuitable, and treatment will last longer. If you feel as though you might not have been wearing your retainers for the required length of time, speak to your dentist, who will be able to advise you on how to get your treatment plan back on track.

Can I take out my Invisalign retainers when I eat?

Yes! One of the most significant benefits of Invisalign treatment is that you can take your aligners out when you eat. As long as you ensure that you are wearing your retainers for 22-24 hours per day, you will be able to eat whatever you want whilst undergoing Invisalign treatment.

Can I have Invisalign if I have veneers?

In some cases, it is possible to have Invisalign treatment if you already have veneers. Invisalign is more appropriate for veneers as there are no fixings or wires needed. However, Invisalign may not be suitable for some veneers, but this will be considered individually, and your Revitalise practitioner will be able to advise further. For veneers, creating straighter teeth may be possible by replacing veneers.

Can I have Invisalign if I have dental implants?

As Invisalign is used to align natural teeth, it is not suitable for those who have bridges or implant-supported bridges. The aligners are designed to move natural teeth gradually. If you are looking to align your teeth and have gaps that may require implants, you may be advised to complete your Invisalign treatment before receiving your implants. Your Invisalign treatment will ensure that your natural teeth are aligned to create the best placement for your implants.

What if Invisalign isn’t suitable for me?

In the unlikely event that you are not a suitable candidate for Invisalign, then there are other options available to create a healthier natural smile. At Revitalise, we also offer Six Month Smiles. Many candidates who are not suitable for Invisalign find that the Six Month Smiles option is a better fit. Six Month Smiles is ideal for patients who prefer fixed brace technology and would like their treatment to be complete within six months.

Can I still eat my favourite foods?

Of course! With fixed braces, you might have to be mindful when eating certain foods so that debris does not get lodged between the fixtures. However, the removable nature of Invisalign aligners gives you the freedom to eat your favourite foods whenever you’d like.

As long as you maintain an excellent oral health regime, looking after your aligners and ensuring that you are wearing them 22-24 hours per day, then there is no reason to cut any food from your diet.

How long will my Invisalign treatment take?

It is difficult to say how long your treatment might take. Invisalign treatment can take anywhere between 3-18 months for most people depending on the complexity of the treatment needed. Once your Revitalise Invisalign Practitioner has assessed your overall oral health and your digital treatment plan has been created, you will better understand how long your Invisalign treatment will take.

Will I have to wear a retainer forever?

Whether you choose fixed braces or removable Invisalign aligners with any alignment programme, you may need to wear a retainer to maintain your newly straightened smile. Once you have completed your course of Invisalign treatment, your Revitalise Invisalign Practitioner will be able to advise as to whether you will need to wear a retainer.

Might I need additional treatments?

When you choose Revitalise for your Invisalign treatment, you will also receive a complimentary teeth whitening treatment so that you can start showing off your new smile immediately.

Upon completing a course of Invisalign treatment, many patients choose to enhance their smile with further cosmetic treatments. For those looking for a big Hollywood smile, straighter teeth could be further enhanced with some cosmetic bonding to fill gaps and create square edges, and many choose to use their newly straight teeth as a base from which to build a set of veneers.

Invisalign at Revitalise

At Revitalise, we are proud to deliver Invisalign treatments from our beautiful eco-friendly home in St Agnes, Cornwall. All of our practitioners are highly skilled with specific areas of knowledge. Our team is trained to deliver exceptional patient care, and we are proud of the community we have built around our practice.

Our Invisalign service is personal and professional, allowing you to relax whilst looking after your oral health. If you have any further questions about Invisalign or are ready to book your initial appointment, please contact us today.

About the author

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Alkisti Vousvouni graduated from Cardiff University in 2010. She has since led a diverse career, growing her skills and offering a variety of treatments to best care for her patients. She worked in the Oral and Maxillofacial Department at the Royal Cornwall Hospital where she was introduced to aspects of general medicine, facial reconstruction and complex tooth removal. She taught students at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne, and even joined a group of doctors on a research expedition to Southern and Eastern Africa A very important part of Alkisti’s work is to ensure nervous patients of all ages feel comfortable and confident in their smiles and oral health.

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Marion visited Revitalise to reclaim her smile with a complete implant treatment. In this video, she explains how the staff at the practice put her at ease and why she recommends Revitalise to everyone she meets.


Client: Marion
Treatment: Complete mouth secured with implants

“The minute I met Martin, I just knew he was so calm and relaxing. So then we had a discussion and Martin said what he could do and it had to be what our pocket could afford as well and we went ahead with it. The experience I had at this dentist was unbelievable, it was a journey I loved every minute of.”


Client: Dee
Treatment: Dental Implants

“There’s always smiling, handshakes, hugs and plenty of tea and coffee. They looked after my husband who was there for the day. They do the sedation and Hayley looked after me. Obviously I was unaware of exactly what they were doing, but they always make you feel so comfortable. Although you’re nervous, I don’t think I could’ve gone and got the same treatment anywhere else.”


Client: Carolyn
Treatment: Dental Implants

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