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Invisalign and Spark clear aligners – a clear alternative to braces

At Elmsleigh House we offer a range of teeth straightening solutions (orthodontics) for adults, teens and children, and clear aligner systems such as Invisalign® and SparkTM have become the most popular and versatile. Unlike fixed traditional braces, there are no metal brackets or wires.

Kostas Spathoulas is our Specialist in orthodontics at Elmsleigh House with expertise in Invisalign and Spark clear aligners. He uses cutting edge scanning technology to create a series of clear, removable aligners that can fix a wide range of teeth straightening issues, such as overcrowded teeth, widely spaced teeth, crossbites, overbites and underbites, usually in 6–18 months.

Kostas offers a free orthodontic consultation to all ages (with a £50 refundable deposit), where he will assess and scan using iTero 5D technology to determine how many aligners are required, and hence the timeframe involved. 

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Cutting edge scanning technology

Kostas uses advanced iTero Element 5D scanning technology to plan your treatment from the initial position of your teeth to the final desired result. You can see your virtual results before you even begin, so you will know how your teeth are expected to look when treatment is complete.

Kostas will use the scans to plan and create your series of Invisalign or Spark clear aligners, that will move your teeth predictably into position.

It may be that attachments will be added during treatment to refine movement; these could be special attachments, orthodontic bands or metallic orthodontic buttons, which can sometimes be fitted behind your teeth. These help the aligners apply the correct amount of force in the right direction.

Invisalign clear aligners

Invisalign consists of a number of sets of clear aligners made of a lightweight and strong thermoplastic material.

Each aligner is worn for 7 to 10 days before being replaced by the next in the series, predictably moving your teeth into position as per your Invisalign treatment plan.

Each aligner is worn for a minimum of 20–22 hours a day, and should be removed to eat, to drink anything other than water, and especially remove for hot drinks, and to brush your teeth; you should fit them in place afterwards.

You return for review appointments over the course of treatment. Reviews and amendments will ensure your aligners carefully control movement until the desired result is achieved.

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Kostas is a Diamond Invisalign Provider

We are delighted that Kostas Spathoulas, our Specialist in orthodontics, has been awarded Diamond Invisalign provider status for the second year. This is an exceptional achievement as it marks that Kostas has straightened over 600 people's teeth with Invisalign, and continues to treat over 150 cases each year. This puts him in the top 1% of Invisalign providers in the UK, and is the only Diamond provider in Farnham and the surrounding area. 

We are also so proud of Kostas for recently winning the award for Most Inspirational Adult Case at the Align Summit Awards 2022. This shows Kostas' expertise in using Invisalign technology to move teeth and correct the bite, even in complex cases. 

Spark clear aligners

Spark aligners are made from TruGenTM lightweight material, which makes the aligners more transparent, more durable, more comfortable and more resistant to stains. They also have better contact with your teeth, which provides advanced and sustained force retention. Spark aligners offer a highly specialised and sophisticated system that requires the knowledge and skill of an orthodontist, unlike other systems. 

Each aligner is worn for up to two weeks before being replaced by the next in the series, predictably moving your teeth into position as per your Spark aligner treatment plan.

Each aligner is worn for a minimum of 20–22 hours a day, but unlike other aligner systems you do not need to remove them for eating or drinking as they have enhanced stain resistance; you can just remove them to brush your teeth and then reinsert them afterwards.

You return for review appointments over the course of treatment. Reviews and amendments will ensure your aligners carefully control movement until the desired result is achieved.

INVISALIGN GO

Our dentist Sarah Mack also offers Invisalign Go to adults for faster anterior orthodontic alignment in approximately 3–9 months. The aim is to align adults' front six or sometimes twelve teeth only, but this does not improve your bite, your centreline or move your back teeth into better position. This would require Specialist orthodontic treatment, and Kostas Spathoulas will use Invisalign or Spark clear aligners or fixed brace systems, such as Damon and Insignia. He can also align children's and teens' teeth, as well as adults of any age!

Invisalign Go is a 'lighter' version of Invisalign, with treatment involving a maximum of 14 clear, removable aligners to move adults front teeth only into position.

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Key benefits of Invisalign®

  • Appearance

    They are removable, discreet, custom-made, predictable, effective and easy-to-clean. Any SmartForce attachments are small and discreet on your teeth.
  • Comfort

    You can comfortably wear your aligners for 22 hours a day; you simply remove them to eat and to clean your teeth.
  • Oral health

    You can keep your teeth clean during treatment, and once aligned you will be able to clean your teeth without crowded or crooked teeth to consider.
  • Knowing what to expect

    You can see your virtual results before you even begin, so you will know how your teeth are expected to look when treatment is complete.

Traditional braces

  • Consist of metal brackets and wires fixed to the external side of the teeth
  • Non-removable throughout treatment
  • Treatment times vary, around 12–24 months
  • Adjustment appointments required every 3–10 weeks

Invisalign Clear aligners

  • A series of near-invisible aligners that fit over the teeth; special attachments can be added to finetune
  • Removable for eating and cleaning
  • Treatments are completed within 6–18 months (average 12 months)
  • Appointments typically needed every 4–8 weeks