What are Invisalign braces?

The convenience and ease of use of the Invisalign system have made it the choice of over half a million people. In fact, Invisalign has been effective in giving hundreds of thousands of people amazing new smiles.

If you have been looking into orthodontic treatments, you may have come across Invisalign before and wondered what it’s all about. It is generally acknowledged that whilst braces help to improve your smile in the long run, one of their main drawbacks is their appearance in the short run.

Traditionally, braces are made using metal, plastic or ceramic brackets. These brackets are fixed in place to the front of the tooth and a wire is then held between them. Whilst braces are clinically proven to deliver very effective results, many prospective patients are afraid to wear them as they do not like the idea of their appearance during treatment.

We offer a solution as our dentists can fit you with Invisalign which will give you a beautiful smile as conventional braces will, but without compromising your appearance during the treatment.

Invisalign offers the patient a series of clear, removable aligners which are changed every 2-3 weeks. There is no tightening to be done, no changing of wires and no elastic bands to get in the way. Instead, all of the adjustments are made with one new aligner every few weeks.

Since the aligners are clear they are hardly visible in the mouth at all and will fit perfectly against your teeth. As each aligner is individually moulded to specifically fit each patient, Invisalign is much more comfortable than conventional braces.

Invisalign programme

Invisalign offers the complete cosmetic orthodontic programme. We will begin with the most important part of straightening your teeth with the series of Invisalign aligners. After this stage has been completed, we will whiten your teeth (if required), followed by any recontouring (if required) to truly give you that perfect smile!

You will then have the choice of having removable or bonded (our preferred choice) retainers to help maintain your new smile. This is already included in your treatment plan. We prefer the bonded retainers as they will be discretely hidden on the backs of your teeth, which is great for vanity and aesthetic reasons, and it also means there isn’t any chance of taking out your retainers to eat and breaking them (which can be common with removable retainers).

How long do treatments take?

The time needed for Invisalign to work its magic will depend on the severity of the patients case. This means that cost will also vary from patient to patient as some people will need many aligners and others will require just a few.

*FREE Teeth whitening offered with Invisalign treatment. Whitening treatment can only be conducted on patients who are dentally fit. A dental examination, charged additionally, is required prior to treatment commencing to assess suitability for treatment. For existing patients, this examination can be included within your usual dental exam at no additional fee, if you make this known to your Dentist. If additional dental work is required prior to treatment commencing, this will be charged in addition to the whitening treatment.

Invisalign I7

What is Invisalign I7?

Invisalign I7 is the latest addition to the ever growing Invisalign family. Using the same technology and science behind the Invisalign brand, Invisalign I7 offers patients an invisible teeth straightening treatment which can deliver the desired results in as few as 3 months! Your Invisalign 17 treatment will consist of a series of clear, removable aligners that you will have to change every two weeks. Each aligner will be individually manufactured and tailor made to fit your teeth perfectly. As each aligner is replaced, your teeth will start to move, little by little, week by week, until you are satisfied with their final position.

Ivisalign 17 has many benefits. It is effective in a short period of time and it is customised to your own teeth so will comfortably fit in your mouth. It is also removable so will not cause any problems with eating. One of the main benefits is the fact that it is clear and very hard for people to notice you have braces.

Do I qualify for I7?

Invisalign I7 has been designed to correct minor tooth misplacement’s. We offer a free consultation in which we can assess your specific case and the suitability of this treatment for your requirements. If you are not a suitable candidate, we will also discuss other treatment options to meet your needs.

Why would I want The Invisalign I7 treatment?

Invisalign I7 offers patients:

  • Convenience in straightening your teeth
  • A very discrete method of correcting your teeth
  • Shorter treatment times
  • The perfect solution for minor crowding, spacing or orthodontic relapses

The beauty of Invisalign 17 is that it offers you the latest in discrete orthodontic treatment. The aligners are removable, so they will not cause problems when you eat as you can take them out. They are perfectly moulded to your teeth and will not stick out and hamper your speech at all. They are perfectly clear so others will barely notice that you are undergoing any kind of orthodontic treatment at all.

Invisalign Lite

What is Invisalign Lite?

Invisalign Lite provides an even faster overall treatment than Invisalign. It is a programme designed to straighten teeth quickly, making use of the latest in Invisalign technology.

Invisalign Lite has been designed to be a faster treatment than Invisalign to correct minor level problems:

  • Badly positioned teeth
  • Slightly crooked teeth
  • Spacing
  • Poor teeth alignment
  • Overcrowded teeth

What can Invisalign lite offer you?

Invisalign Lite is an alternative cosmetic orthodontic treatment which will give you a beautiful smile in the future without compromising your appearance in the present. It is comfortable to wear and will not be noticed by others since it is virtually invisible.

The main benefits of the Invisalign treatment are:

  • Comfortable: Invisalign lite is a comfortable treatment as each aligner is custom-made to perfectly fit the individual patient
  • Discrete: The braces are invisible so nobody will even know that you are undergoing treatment
  • No tightening: The aligners are removable and are swapped every few weeks so there are painful tightening procedures and no elastic bands to get in the way
  • Faster acting: Treatment time is considerably shorter than other orthodontic dental treatments

Invisalign lite treatment process

Going ahead with Invisalign Lite consists of several stages:

  • Dentist takes a digital image of your teeth and a mould from which to create the aligner
  • Aligners are custom built to fit the individual patient’s teeth
  • Patients will have to wear a series of different aligners during the programme
  • Every 6-10 weeks a progress check up will be needed

How long will treatment take?

The overall treatment time will differ between patients as no two mouths are the same. The majority of the time, the full treatment programme is completely in less than 6 months. Some less severe issues have been correct in as little time as a few weeks. We offer all of our patients a free consultation with our highly skilled dentists to discuss your treatments in detail. All of the relevant information will be given in one of these sessions and you will have the perfect opportunity to freely ask any questions.

Invisalign Teen

What Is Invisalign Teen?

Invisalign Teen is a less invasive way to correct orthodontic problems in teenagers without subjecting them to wearing unattractive metal braces throughout the tough transition from teenager to young adult. Instead of the traditional metal brackets and wires which can look unattractive in the short term, the Invisalign teen programme comprises a set of transparent aligners which gradually straighten the teenager’s teeth over time.

The aligners are almost invisible as they are completely clear, and offer a much more discrete orthodontic treatment.

Why should I get Invisalign Teen?

Being a teenager is not always easy, and it is the time in your life when your appearance probably means the most. Low self-esteem and self-confidence are not helped by crooked teeth, but they are also not helped by traditional visible metal braces either. Invisalign teen allows teenagers to retain their levels of confidence throughout the treatment and ultimately increases their self esteem at the end of their successful treatment.

Whether you are teenager yourself, or if you are the parent of the teenager, we can offer you advice about the programme and its benefits to you or your child.

For how long will I have to wear the Invisalign teen aligners?

Generally the time it takes for a teenager to see great results on the Invisalign programmes will be anything from 6-14 Months depending on how severe the patient’s needs are. The exact timings of the treatment will differ depending on the exact requirements of the patient and the current state of their teeth.

If you come along to one of our free consultations, our dentists will be able to assess your situation individually and will be able to offer a more accurate completion time. Invisalign Lite may be used as a faster option but it is only suitable in a few cases.

What is the Invisalign Teen treatment plan?

  • Firstly, the dentist will take digital images and impressions of the patient’s teeth
  • Aligners are designed to fit the individual’s teeth perfectly
  • A set of different aligners will have to be worn during the programme
  • Each aligner will be worn for a few weeks at a time
  • Aligners should not be taken out for more than 2 hours a day to provide the best results
  • The patient will have to attend regular check-ups to monitor the process carefully


Clear aligners

Invisible braces, sometimes known as clear aligners, are one of the most popular orthodontic treatments for adult patients.


Hidden braces

Lingual braces sit on the inside surface of your teeth. They're often called hidden braces, because their positioning means you can't see them from the outside.

Related FAQs



Who can benefit from orthodontic treatment?

At Portman, we have treated thousands of patients, aged from eight to 88 years old. There is never a point in life where we cannot move healthy crooked teeth into their ideal positions.



What other benefits does teeth straightening offer?

Orthodontic treatment improves chewing efficiency by re-establishing the correct relationship between lower and upper teeth, removing the difficulty you may have when chewing certain kinds of food, and so providing better nutrition. 

In some cases, orthodontics can also prevent complications in the temporomandibular joint (the joint which joins the jaw to the skull). Chronic pain in the head, face, neck or ears, as well as dizziness, nausea and restricted ability to open and close the mouth can originate here.

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