What is Smilelign?
WHAT IS SMILELIGN?
Smilelign is a clear orthodontic system that uses innovative technology to create the smile you have always dreamed of. Traditionally, metal brackets and ugly wires were the only option for straightening teeth. By contrast, Smilelign clear braces are virtually invisible, allowing you to straighten your teeth without anyone knowing!
Read on to understand how Smilelign works, how, by being removable, you are not limited when it comes to food choices and how to find your nearest provider!
HOW DOES SMILELIGN WORK?
Smilelign consists of a series of virtually invisible, removable aligners that are changed every three to four weeks. Treatment can take as little as 12 weeks, depending on the alterations required. Each aligner is carefully designed specifically for your teeth and moves them in small stages, little by little, week by week, until they have reached the final position prescribed by your dentist.
HOW DO MY TEETH MOVE?
Each aligner, marginally different to its predecessor and successor, moves your teeth a fraction of a millimetre at a time. Our technicians meticulously plan your tooth movements from your dentist's prescription to produce your bespoke treatment plan.
Sent to your dentist, your treatment plan includes: before & after images of your teeth, a short animation showing the movements required, as well as a set of pre-aligners - designed to see if aligners are a suitable treatment for you.
WILL SMILELIGN AFFECT MY LIFESTYLE?
Smilelign invisible braces are clear, slimline and comfortable. You will be able to undertake any work duties with ease and can remove the aligners for a short space of time for an important meeting or event. You can also remove the aligners to clean your teeth, allowing you to maintain good oral hygiene.
Smilelign clear braces should be removed for eating, drinking, brushing and flossing, so they don't require additional hygiene appointments.
HOW CAN I STRAIGHTEN MY TEETH?
Many of us wonder how to get straight teeth. With Smilelign, treatment is quick, simple and affordable.
There are 4 very simple steps to getting your perfect smile with Smilelign clear aligners:
Visit a Smilelign dentist
You can find a local Smilelign clinic by using our Find a Provider tool. In addition, your own dentist may also be able to offer Smilelign treatment - we would be delighted to discuss this with them.
Impressions or intra-oral scan of teeth
Your dentist will take some impressions of your teeth using a putty-type material, or they may take 3D images with an intra-oral scanner. These methods are totally painless and take only a couple of minutes.
The aligners are custom-made in our laboratory. The pre-aligner, along with before and after images of your teeth, will be sent to your dentist. Once happy, your dentist will contact us to order the aligners for your treatment.
Your dentist will monitor your Smilelign treatment as you progress through the aligners. At the end of treatment, it is strongly encouraged that you use a retainer to keep your teeth in their new position. Your dentist can advise further on this.
HOW MUCH DOES SMILELIGN COST? . . .
It is impossible to provide a fixed price without seeing your teeth, and prices also vary from dentist to dentist. Smilelign can be as low as £1000, but this can increase with case complexity.
Your nearest provider will be able to talk you through the benefits of Smilelign and help you determine if it is the right treatment for you.
HOW LONG SHOULD I WEAR MY INVISIBLE BRACES FOR EACH DAY? . . .
The longer you wear your Smilelign aligners each day, the more effective your treatment will be. We suggest only removing them to eat food and clean your teeth.
CAN I DRINK WITH MY ALIGNERS IN? . . .
Drinking water whilst wearing your braces is fine. Under no circumstances should you have drinks such as fresh juice, fizzy drinks and energy drinks, as this can lead to corrosion of your teeth. If you need to drink these types of drinks, you must remove your clear braces and make sure you clean your teeth, and the braces, before putting them back in.
CAN I DRINK TEA & COFFEE? . . .
Again, it is recommended that your Smilelign braces are removed when drinking hot drinks. Not only can it lead to staining of your teeth, but the heat can damage the thin plastic of the braces and prevent them from working correctly.
CAN I EAT WITH MY ALIGNERS IN? . . .
No! Even really soft foods can damage the plastic when chewing. It is recommended that all drinking and eating is kept to mealtimes when you can remove your braces. If you eat or drink with the aligners in, food debris and liquids can become trapped between your teeth and the clear plastic. Not only will it look unsightly, it can lead to decay or erosion. We only recommend drinking still water whilst wearing your clear aligners.
WHEN SHOULD I CHANGE MY ALIGNER FOR THE NEXT STAGE? . . .
We find that Smilelign aligners have achieved their movements within 3-4 weeks. However, do not move on to the next aligner without consulting your dentist. You should only progress to the next aligner when the current one can be easily removed and there is no pressure felt on any of your teeth. Your aligners should also fit perfectly, with no obvious gaps or spaces. If the aligner is still extremely tight, move back to the previous aligner for another week or two then try the next aligner again. If after a further period it is still tight, we recommend you contact your dentist. Moving on too quickly can result in treatment taking longer, or can even cause the teeth to stop moving.
DOES SMILELIGN OFFER A GUARANTEE? . . .
Smilelign is an effective form of straightening teeth and works similar to traditional methods of orthodontics. Success largely depends upon a patient’s compliance with treatment. As such, Smilelign, as with any orthodontic treatment, cannot guarantee that your teeth will move exactly as predicted. The prescribing orthodontist or dentist is responsible for monitoring the treatment as it progresses. If necessary, additional treatment with Smilelign, or other forms, may be needed. It is essential that appropriate consent is discussed and obtained from the patient prior to starting treatment.