Teeth Straightening with Cosmetic Braces

At Essence dental clinic we can provide you orthodontic treatment using cosmetic braces. So you can keep smiling without the embarrassment of metal braces. We can offer the following methods to help straighten teeth:

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is clinically proven, almost invisible method of straightening teeth without metal braces. At Essence Dental Clinic our dentists will fit a series of clear, removable aligners which will gradually reposition teeth into the desired position, whilst being fully removable for eating and cleaning.

How does Invisalign work?

Stage 1: Your initial consultation
during your first visit we will address all your dental needs and concerns and assess your suitability for treatment with Invisalign. If you decide to go ahead with treatment we will take bite impressions of your teeth, and photographs which we will send to a lab for your aligners to be custom made.

Stage 2: During your next visit to us, you will receive your first set of aligners. Each set of aligners should be worn for 2 weeks. We will usually give you a few additional sets for you to wear before you return for your progress visit.

Stage 3: You’ll wear each set of aligners day and night, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. You will change your aligners every two/three weeks as your teeth gradually move. Total treatment time averages 6-12 months, but will vary from case to case. We will require you to visit us every 4-6 weeks or so to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.

Stage 4: You’ve finished treatment! Congratulations! When you’re finished wearing each aligner in the series, your treatment will be complete and you will have the perfectly aligned beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. When compared to traditional fixed metal braces Invisalign have several advantages:

5 Reasons to choose Invisalign

  1. Almost invisible which means you won’t suffer the embarrassment of wearing metal braces. One of the most common complaints people have about braces is that they’re unattractive. Everyone notices your smile, so you may not want braces to cover it up. Thankfully, Invisalign can offer the same results as braces without being unsightly. Invisalign aligners are made out of clear plastic so they’re hardly noticeable when you smile.

  2. Comfortable - No metal brackets or wires. Invisalign aligners are more comfortable than braces because there are no sharp edges from brackets that can potentially scrape your mouth. Also, you don’t have to get Invisalign tightened by your orthodontist. Instead, you are given, multiple sets of aligners that you change every two weeks. Each aligner is slightly adjusted from the one previous so you may feel a minor tightness that lasts only a day or two after you put in a new set of aligners.

  3. No food restrictions. Orthodontists tell their patients not to eat certain foods or chew gum after they get their braces put on. Unfortunately, some patients ignore this suggestion and end up damaging their brackets or wires. Because Invisalign aligners are easily removeable, you’re allowed to eat whatever foods you like without having to worry about damaging your aligners.

  4. You can see your predicted end result. Before going ahead with treatment you can view your predicted end result using Invisalign’s virtual 3D advanced technology. Invisalign is the only company that has this advanced software. This means you know exactly what your teeth are going to look like before proceeding with treatment.

  5. No need to adjust your lifestyle. Since Invisalign is virtually invisible, chances are no one will even notice anything different until they begin to notice your new beautiful smile. You can remove your Invisalign aligners so you can brush and floss regularly and keep your teeth and gums healthy. You can even occasionally remove your aligners to enjoy a fun night out or special occasion. There’s no need to change a thing. Continue your day to day activities whilst still straightening your teeth.

Book in for your free consultation with one our Invisalign providers today - 01708 346 212

Learn more about Invisalign here

Click on photos to view the biographies of our Invisalign Providers at Essence

Dr Satvir Atkar Practice Principle

Dr Anuva Mandal
Dentist Associate


6 month smiles

Six Month Smiles is a revolutionary orthodontic system used to straighten teeth. It was developed by a team in America who realized that many patients wanted straighter teeth, in a short amount of time.

The system uses clear and tooth coloured components, to give a system that gives predictable, safe and reliable results, painlessly and with short treatment times. The system is used to create what we call cosmetic straightening. It concentrates only on the teeth that are visible when you smile, which is why treatment times range from just 4 months, and up to 9 months for more complex cases.

Due to the system using fixed Nickel titanium wires, it can be used to provide a wide range of movements, some of which can be less predictable with other cosmetic type braces such as removable systems.

Please call the surgery now on 01708 346212 and ask reception to book you a free cosmetic consultation.

How can it take only 6 months?
The system uses tooth coloured, fixed Nickel titanium wires, which are able to move teeth quickly and reliably. Because we are concentrating only on the front teeth that are visible when you smile, treatment times are kept low. Treatment varies from 4 to 9 months, but is typically 6 months.

Is it painful?
No. Gentle movement of the teeth means that the system is generally painless and comfortable.

Will I have to wear a retainer?
As with any orthodontic movement, teeth will always be at risk of moving. To minimize this risk, a fixed retainer at the back of the front teeth, or a removable retainer should be used to keep teeth in the new position.

How often will I be seen?
You will be reviewed every four weeks, where the wires will be changed and to ensure that the system is being used in the best way to give maximum movements, for the shortest treatment time possible. You will not be charged for any of the review appointments.

Will I still have metal parts of the braces?
No. The 6 month smile system uses clear and tooth coloured components in order to give a more cosmetically pleasing straightening option.

Because the treatment is done quicker, does that mean more risk?
No. The treatment is only quicker because we are only concentrating on the front teeth that are visible when you smile. As with any orthodontic system you will be told of any possible risks after your dentist has done a full consultation and examination. You will need to have some kind of retention to ensure teeth stay in the new desired position. This is true of any orthodontic system.

What do I do next?
If you think Six Month Smiles may be a good option for you, call our surgery for a FREE Consultation.

Inman Aligner

What is an Inman Aligner?
The Inman Aligner is a simple removable appliance used to align front teeth quickly and safely. It’s ideal as a stand alone treatment or to prealign teeth prior to further cosmetic options such as bonding or minimal veneers.

How does it work?
The Inman Aligner has Nickel Titanium coil springs that power two aligner bows that gently oppose each other, guiding the teeth into their new position. These gentle forces are active over a very large range of movement, which is why the Inman Aligner works so quickly.

The image above shows the squeeze effect of the two aligner bows on the front teeth. The inner bow pushes forwards, while the outer bow pulls back on the front teeth.

How long is the treatment with the Inman Aligner?
Most cases are completed within 6-18 weeks. Your Inman Aligner dentist will give you a realistic guide of what to expect. For suitable cases, the Inman Aligner is usually much faster than alternative orthodontic techniques.

What’s involved in Treatment with the Inman Aligner?

  • Find a Certified dentist who will determine if the Inman Aligner is suitable for you.
  • Impressions are needed so that the lab can fabricate your custom made Inman Aligner.
  • Initial fitting of the Aligner.
  • Wear the Aligner 16-20 hours a day
  • Regular Inman checks every 2-3 weeks.
  • As with other orthodontic treatment, after treatment is completed with the Inman Aligner, retention is recommended for life to prevent relapse. Retention can come in the form of a lingually bonded retainer or an Essix retainer.
Last updated: 1.3.2019 at 16:51 GMT