Composite bonding is a very safe and conservative procedure since it is an additive process and requires only minimal (if any) reduction to the natural tooth.
The main risk related to composite bonding is the maintenance requirement of the material. The material requires polishing every 6 – 12 months in order to ensure the best appearance and can also require repair work from time to time. This work can be carried out with relative ease and is often very straightforward however.
Polishing of the material is carried out by our in house hygienist and is therefore the cost of a visit with our hygienist (please see price list). Repairs will be carried out Dr Roberts and can vary depending on severity; prices can range from £30 – £120.
To use the system, you place your Invisalign aligner trays in warm water and add the cleaning crystals. You gently shake the mixtures to evenly distribute the crystals, and then you let the whole thing sit for about 15 minutes. Then you shake it again, remove the trays, and rinse them off in warm water. NEVER use hot water on your trays, as it could melt or soften the plastic.
While there is pressure on your teeth to align them, many patients are not very affected by this. However, it is entirely possible that you may feel a little discomfort and soreness, especially when you are starting with a new set of aligners.
This discomfort should clear up within a few days and should never exceed pain beyond some general sensitivity. As your teeth and mouth become used to the pressure from the Invisalign, you’ll find that the soreness dissipates and you can no longer notice the pressure at all.
For the early days, you can utilize minor pain medication, such as that for headaches, to help alleviate the discomfort if necessary.
Sometimes during Invisalign treatments, tooth-colored “handles” are required to give the aligners something to push against. They help increase the pressure on your teeth to achieve the proper alignment. They are invisible just like the aligners though so you will barely notice that they are there.
No, we do not recommend smoking while wearing the Invisalign trays. Smoking can cause significant discoloration which will affect how your trays look. If the discoloration is problematic, you may end up needing to replace them, which could be costly and interfere with your treatment progress.