What is Invisalign?

Invisalign® is the invisible way to straighten teeth without braces. Invisalign® uses a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually straighten teeth, without metal or wires.


How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign® uses 3-D computer imaging technology to depict the complete treatment plan from the initial position to the final desired position from which a series of custom-made, clear "aligners" are produced. Each "aligner" moves teeth incrementally and is worn for about two weeks, then replaced by the next in the series until the final position is achieved.


What are the primary benefits of Invisalign?

Invisalign® aligners are practically invisible, making Invisalign a seamless fit with your lifestyle and day-to-day interactions with others. Invisalign aligners are removable. Unlike fixed metal braces, you have the flexibility to eat and drink what you want during treatment by simply removing the aligners. And you can also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would for fresh breath and to maintain good oral hygiene. Invisalign aligners are comfortable. Unlike traditional fixed braces, there are no metal brackets or wires that could cause irritation to your mouth. Invisalign allows you to view your virtual results and treatment plan before you even begin treatment so you can see how your straight teeth are expected to look when your treatment is complete.


What are aligners made of?

Aligners are made of clear, strong medical grade plastic that is virtually invisible when worn. Aligners are clear and look similar to tooth-whitening trays, but are custom-made for a better fit to move teeth.


Does it hurt?

Some patients may experience minor aches from using the aligners but this usually occurs for the first couple of days when using a new tray. It is sometimes more comfortable leaving them in than taking them out, as your teeth move back to the original position and so it can hurt.


How often do I need to change my trays?

Usually it is every two weeks, unless you are advised to wear the same aligner for a longer period, if, for example, a tooth is not moving as planned.


What are "refinements"?

Refinements are done at the end of the treatment if teeth have not moved according to plan or the patient would like to see an additional movement. The cost of refinement is included in all Invisalign Full cases, however an additional charge may be applied with the Invisalign Lite treatment.


Is this a new way to straighten teeth?

For years, orthodontists and dentists have used removable appliances for limited treatment. Today, with the application of computer technology and custom manufacturing, Invisalign treats a broader range of cases with greater precision, without extractions being necessary, therefore a far less evasive tooth straightening treatment.


Do doctors need special training in order to use Invisalign?

Specific training is needed. All orthodontists and dentists interested in treating patients with Invisalign must attend training before cases will be accepted from their office. Close to 30,000 orthodontists and dentists worldwide are certified to use Invisalign.


What are the various accreditation attached to each doctor?

Bluebell® Dental Practice has been accredited by Invisalign® with a Diamond status, in recognition of treating in excess of 150 cases each year. This reflects the amount of experience the Doctor has about the Invisalign® product compared to other practitioners.


How does Invisalign effectively move teeth?

Like brackets and arch wires are to braces, Invisalign® aligners move teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force on the teeth. The principal difference is that Invisalign not only controls forces, but also controls the timing of the force application. At each stage, only certain teeth are allowed to move, and these movements are determined by the orthodontic treatment plan for that particular stage.


Is Bluebell® Dental Practice & Clinic the right choice for me?

The Practice is accredited with Diamond Status, which means we have treated more Invisalign® cases than the majority of UK dental practices. Dr Suki Shakthi, Principal Dentist, works very closely with Invisalign and has been featured on the official Invisalign Waiting Room DVD. Her clinical experience, together with her outstanding ability of understanding her patients expectations, makes her an excellent choice as an Invisalign® provider.

Treatment costs are fully explained at the start of the treatment, there are never any ´hidden charges´ unlike some other practices. A Treatment Co-ordinator will be assigned to every patient, to ensure all appointments and finance arrangements run smoothly and every patient has a regular point of contact at all times for advice and support.

For all Invisalign FULL cases, the treatment costs include FREE consultation, regular appointments (as and when required), refinement, retainers and tooth whitening. In the case of Invisalign LITE cases, the above are also included, however refinement may incur an additional charge.

What is the cost and does the Practice offer any Finance Plans & Discounts?


We are happy to offer a £ 200 discount on treatment prices for patients wishing to pay in full at the start of their treatment.

The Invisalign® Lite treatment is £2,500 and the Invisalign® Full treatment is £ 3,500 for 6 months to 24 months. Depending on complexity of case, you may need longer treatment that may incur extra charges.

Subject to credit check and status, we can offer interest free finance with a monthly repayment period between 6 and 12 months. An interest bearing finance arrangement is also available with a monthly repayment period between 24 to 60 months at 14.9% APR. Unlike some other practice, there are NO arrangement fees for this service.