WHAT TO EXPECT
Dr. Teki and his team work together to offer the best possible journey to your perfect smile. We offer a service for every smile from the full range of Invisalign courses, to teeth whitening kits and composite bonding. Here's what to expect with the courses of treatment we offer.
To establish the best treatment, your Invisalign journey will begin with an initial consultation with Dr. Sabine who will go through your treatment options, timeframes and costs.
When you return for your second visit, the surgery team will capture any scans, photos and x rays for your Invisalign records. Once we have your completed scans, Dr Teki and Dr Sabine will be developing your treatment plan to achieve the best possible results, in the following weeks this plan will be emailed to you for your review and approval – of course if you have any questions you can call or email us.
Once you have approved your treatment plan your next appointment will be to attend the clinic for your attachments and for your first Invisalign brace fitting by either Dr. Sabine. Invisalign treatments typically take between 3-18months.
Once you have completed your Invisalign treatment you will have the option to have composite bonding with Dr Teki or another dentist at the practice. We will provide you with the best retainers available at the end of your treatment to help you keep them looking great for years to come!
Invisalign treatment plan showing the journey to a lovely straight smile.
Invisalign and some whitening creating a great natural smile.
Composite bonding starts with an initial consultation to see if your current smile is suitable for immediate bonding. If suitable we can then discuss your dream smile and the possibilities.
If your teeth are ready for immediate bonding your next appointment will be to visit Dr. Teki or one of our other dentists at the practice where we will take pre-treatment photographs, clean and condition your teeth ready for the application of bonding glue. We then apply composite and mould to the desired and agreed shape then polish and give final shaping. Last step is to take post treatment photographs - that’s it, No filling, No drilling, No damage!
The stages of Composite Bonding to front six teeth.
You must come to the practice for an initial consultation to check that your teeth are suitable for whitening. Moulds are then taken and we will make you a second appointment to collect your moulds and review your treatment plan.
To achieve the best results, the whitening process can take between 3-8 weeks.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I have to have a consultation?
Yes, all new patients are required to have a consultation prior to any treatment
How much is a consultation?
FREE! But we take a deposit to secure your appointment which will be refunded to you after the appointment
Do I have to decide at consultation if I want to go ahead with the treatment or not?
No, you can go home and think about it
Why have a consultation?
So that we can ensure we manage your expectations and that you are suitable to have the treatment requested
What happens during the consultation?
One of our friendly and experieced dentists will have a chat to hear what your concerns are and he will give his recommendation and advise of costs and payment plans and you will have the opportunity to ask any outstanding questions
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is the “Near invisible” way to straighten your teeth without wearing conventional metal braces
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable custom-made aligners to move your teeth
How long will I have to have Invisalign?
This is case dependant and will be advised at consultation
Can I have Invisalign on my top or bottom or does it have to be both?
Invisalign is priced for both top and bottom teeth, there is no option for just one. The reason for this is because the aligners will change the bite and shape of the mouth and therefore the top and bottom need to be moved together to ensure they are even
Will my teeth move back after I finish the Invisalign course?
If you continue to wear your aligner as directed then your teeth will not move back
How do I know when to change to the next aligner?
We recommend changing your aligner every 2 weeks and this should be achievable if you wear your aligner for the duration. Some people may find that their aligner feels loose in which case you can move on to the next aligner
How often do I need to wear my Invisalign aligner each day?
It is advised to wear your aligner for a minimum of 22 hours a day. The aligners should only be removed for eating and brushing teeth
Can I eat with my Invisalign aligners in?
No, as this is unhygienic
Do the Invisalign aligners hurt?
It can be quite uncomfortable when you initially change each aligner but as the teeth move it will become more comfortable
Do I have to wear the aligner even after my teeth are straight?
Yes. To ensure the teeth don’t move back to their original position, you will need to wear your aligner every night during sleep continuously
How do I clean my aligners?
Brush with a toothbrush and a little toothpaste morning and evening
What happens if I don't wear my Invisalign aligner?
Your teeth will move back to their original position
Can I wear my Invisalign aligners when I am sleeping?
Yes, it is essential to wear them during the night
I lost my retainer, what do I do?
Contact us immediately
Do I need to whiten my teeth before or after composite bonding?
If you want your teeth whiter then you will need to start whitening prior to your composite bonding appointment to ensure you reach the desired shade as you cannot whiten the composite
Do you do in-house whitening or home kits?
We offer professional home whitening kits only
Do I need a consultation for teeth whitening?
Yes, all patients require a consultation in case there are any issues with the teeth and the whitening will cause erosion etc
What is composite bonding?
It is a mouldable tooth-like material which is hardened once desired shape is achieved to give an even appearance to the natural teeth
Does composite bonding hurt?
No, there is no pain whatsoever
Are there any side effects to composite bonding?
Is this safe to have composite bonding done whilst breast feeding?
How many appointments will I need for composite bonding?
Three. The consultation, treatment, and follow up
Can I have composite bonding if my teeth aren't straight?
No. The reason for this is because the tooth will be too thick, the bite may not be correct, it won’t look right and will highlight any wonkiness in the teeth but most importantly – it isn’t possible to build on the tooth
How long does composite bonding last?
Typically, 5 years but this is case dependant
After 5 years will composite bonding just fall off?
No, the composite will slowly erode over time so there won’t be a significant difference
Can I have composite bonding whiter than my teeth?
The bonding needs to be a perfect match to the rest of your teeth which is why we will always advise you to whiten your teeth to the desired shade after your consultation and before your treatment
How many teeth should I have bonded?
This is down to the patient. It could be one tooth that has chipped or you may want all of the teeth that are visible to be done
Can I have composite bonding first and then have Invisalign?
No, as the teeth will move and the bonding may not line up. Also, when the bonding has come off, you want your natural teeth to be straight
Can I get composite bonding on top and bottom teeth?
This is case dependent and would be discussed with Dr.Teki at your consultation
Whats the difference between composite bonding and veneers?
Composite bonding is built on top of the natural tooth so there is no damage. Veneers need to have the natural teeth filed down to allow space for them to be bonded onto your teeth
I already have composite bonding - can I have this redone?
Yes you can. The pricing will remain the same per tooth
Are there different ways of having composite bonding to give different results?
Yes, some people prefer the veneer look, others prefer a more natural final outcome. We can cater to both options and there is no price difference
I have gaps, can I have composite bonding to fill them?
Yes, as long as the teeth are straight then we can fill gaps between teeth
Is there any damage or side effects to composite bonding?
There is no damage or side effects
How long does it take to do composite bonding?
Approximately 30 minutes per tooth
I have veneers, can I have them replaced with composite bonding?
No, but you can have them replaced with new veneers. You can only have composite bonding attached to natural teeth
Do you offer payment plans?
We offer an interest free payment plan for our Invisalign packages.