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Date Added: October 18 2010

I have tempero-mandibular joint dysfunction due to train-track braces on my lower teeth when I was younger. I had many lower teeth taken out and my jaw was forced to be a smaller shape so that 10 years biting chewing and eating have worn down my TMJ that joins my top and bottom teeth. I now live with constant neck and ear discomfort and an upper-spinal issue called Atlas subluxation. My lower jaw is smaller than my upper so I can't bite. Can Invisalign help at all?

Dear patient. It sounds like you have some complex problems and my first piece of advice is that you arrange a consultation with an expert nearby to examine your bite, TMJ and bruxism to suggest what options are available to you. This is definitely not a case where I am going to make an 'online diagnosis' of what can best help you. I can tell you that we are using invisalign more and more to treat complex corrections of...

  • Expert name: Dr. Marcos White
  • The Courtyard, Huddersfield
  • Address: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK
  • Web Site: www.courtyarddental.co.uk
  • Phone: 01484 432855


Date Added: October 17 2010

Hi, I have a really big overbite on my top teeth, my top and bottom teeth are overcrowded. The orthodontist said I would need 4 teeth out and train-track braces for 2 years. How much would it be for Invisalign treatment instead?,

It depends on what we need to do prices vary from dentist to dentist so you need to go and meet a few invisalign dentist and find someone you feel comfortable with.

  • Expert name: Dr. Graham Tinkler
  • Holborn Dental Centre,
  • Address: 3 Procter Street, London WC1V 6NX
  • Web Site: www.holborndental.co.uk
  • Phone: 0207 242 7212


Date Added: October 17 2010

I am in my early 50s and I have little doubt that I am older than most of your patients that have braces. But for all my life I have been aggravated by my buck teeth and I am hoping I have not come too late to get them fixed? Is Invisalign suitable for someone of my ahem years?,

Yes of course! My oldest patient is 75. The teeth can be moved at any age.

  • Expert name: Dr Graham Gardner
  • Graham Gardner Orthodontics, Winchester
  • Address: 58 Romsey Rd, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 5PH
  • Web Site: www.winchesterorthodontics.co.uk
  • Phone: 01962 864222


Date Added: October 17 2010

are they good for a tennager age 13

Invisalign is suitable for 13 year old. Invisalign have a specific product called Invisalign Teen which is designed for mouths that are still growing. Book a consultation with an invisalign dentist to find out how long the treatment is likely to take.   Regards Dr Andrew J McCarthy

  • Expert name: Dr. Andrew McCarthy
  • Holborn Dental Centre,
  • Address: 3 Procter Street, London WC1V 6NX
  • Web Site: www.holborndental.co.uk
  • Phone: 0207 242 7212


Date Added: October 15 2010

i am on my first set of aligners and have a problem with the fit of my upper set. one of the front teeth on my brace doesn't fit my tooth at all at the back and moves ,making me lisp and spit! is this normal and what can i do about it? will all my future aligners fit the same as this one?

It might be worth trying the second aligner in to see if it fits any better. If not see your dentist, it might be necessary to take new impressions to make a better fitting aligner.

  • Expert name: Dr. Graham Tinkler
  • Holborn Dental Centre,
  • Address: 3 Procter Street, London WC1V 6NX
  • Web Site: www.holborndental.co.uk
  • Phone: 0207 242 7212


Date Added: October 10 2010

i have been wearing my invisalign for a couple of weeks now....they seem to get loose very quickly before the 2 week period... can i change them every week instad of every 2 weeks...will this prevent my teeth from getting straight or will they fall out from the quick movements

It is normal for the aligners not to feel tight aftera couple of days, however, it is a constant pressure that moves the teeth. Speak to your dentist, but it is normal to wear each set for 2 weeks.

  • Expert name: Dr. Graham Tinkler
  • Holborn Dental Centre,
  • Address: 3 Procter Street, London WC1V 6NX
  • Web Site: www.holborndental.co.uk
  • Phone: 0207 242 7212


Date Added: October 05 2010

I have to wear a mouth guard on my lower teeth at night as I grind my teeth. I would like to use Invisalign on my top teeth but presumably I would not be able to wear it through the night in case of snapping the Invisalign and/or damaging my teeth. Given that this would reduce my wearing time to around 15 hours a day would this be sufficient for treatment purposes or would a different brace be more appropriate?

The Invisalign aligners would work as a night guard and would prevent you from grinding your teeth at night. At the end of the treatment your retainer, provided it was an Invisalign Vivera retainer, would also prevent grinding. The Invisalign material is strong enough that it would not snap when grinding.

  • Expert name: Dr. Graham Tinkler
  • Holborn Dental Centre,
  • Address: 3 Procter Street, London WC1V 6NX
  • Web Site: www.holborndental.co.uk
  • Phone: 0207 242 7212


Date Added: October 03 2010

I am hoping to be accepted for Invisalign but can you tell me how the dentist will decide if i am a suitable candidate? My teeth are crooked but i don#t want to go with metal braces and ivisalign really does seem like the best treatment for me. i hoe my dentist will accept me, but what should i expect?

 It depends on your teeth, I treat very severe cases and get great results with invisalign so I can not see it being a problem. You are than welcome to visit me so I can I have look.

  • Expert name: Dr. Graham Tinkler
  • Holborn Dental Centre,
  • Address: 3 Procter Street, London WC1V 6NX
  • Web Site: www.holborndental.co.uk
  • Phone: 0207 242 7212


Date Added: October 03 2010

I am struggling to decide which dentist to have my Invisalign with. Any advice?

Do your research. Look at as many reviews as possible. You should always shop around when considering cosmetic surgery. Speak to someone that has had the treatment before. Go on recommendation. The link below might help.   http://www.cosmeticdentistryguide.co.uk/blog/how-do-i-choose-an-invisalign-dentist/

  • Expert name: Dr. Graham Tinkler
  • Holborn Dental Centre,
  • Address: 3 Procter Street, London WC1V 6NX
  • Web Site: www.holborndental.co.uk
  • Phone: 0207 242 7212