Does Invisalign straighten your jaw? Your 5 FAQs about these braces answered

When it comes to adult aligners and braces, you could still be forgiven for assuming that any orthodontic treatment that occurs past the age of 18 is going to involve a heavy, bulky brace.

invisalign-in-cornwallA few years ago, you would have been right; even adults who had the most misaligned smiles often preferred to avoid wearing braces in their later years, as they were typically metal and far from discreet.

In 2020 however, there are now clear and invisible braces which, as the names suggest, are designed to be minimal but are just as powerful as traditional braces. Brilliant!

At Archway Dental Surgery, we are proud to be able to offer our suitable patients both clear or invisible braces, especially Invisalign in Cornwall. Removable, custom-fitted and easy to fit around a busy lifestyle, this infamous invisible brace is making waves in adult orthodontics, helping thousands of adults around the globe to get the smiles that they have always wanted.

Sound too good to be true? Here, our team at Archway Dental Surgery answers 5 of the most commonly asked questions about Invisalign in Cornwall. Enjoy!

Without metal, how does it straighten teeth?

A key feature of Invisalign in Cornwall is its clear, plastic retainers- but how do they straighten your teeth?

In short, thanks to a 3D scan and computer-assisted technology, you will have a set of aligners printed, which will need to be worn in a precise order. These aligners will slot over the top of your teeth and gradually push them into the desired position- no straightening, no adjustments, just a bit of pushing with the assistance of a fitted retainer!

Can it treat any kind of misalignment?

Initially, this invisible brace was designed to treat only mild misalignment but as technology has advanced, it can now straighten a wider range of orthodontic issues.

Of course, before you use this brace, our team at Archway Dental Surgery will need to assess if you are suitable for it. However, it can treat many orthodontic issues from spacing to overbites.

Does it straighten the jaw along with the teeth?

Unlike traditional braces, both clear and invisible braces are not able to straighten the alignment of either the upper or lower jaw.

If your jaws do not sit together correctly, then our team may decide to use a traditional, metal brace to correct this first and may use an invisible brace at a later stage of treatment.

Is it uncomfortable?

There is (sadly) no such thing as a completely comfortable brace or aligner and invisible braces are no different.

For a few days after each aligner change, you may feel some pressure against your teeth and discomfort; this is normal and should be expected.

Is it true that there is an app with this brace?

A truly modern brace, this invisible brace does come with a supported app for you and our team to keep track of the movement of your teeth, reducing your trips to our surgery. Perfect!

Archway Dental Surgery brings you Invisalign in Cornwall

So, what’s the deal? Are you somebody who doesn’t like having photos taken – at least not when you’re smiling? Are you somebody who avoids looking at themselves in the mirror when flashing a glimpse of the pearly whites? Do you find it difficult to look at pictures of people in magazines smiling because you wish your smile was like theirs and it’s not? If any of this sounds familiar to you, you may be thinking that there’s little you can do about realigning your teeth. Having misaligned teeth can be a source of anxiety and stress, especially when you are an adult and can’t face the thought of having fixed, visible metal braces.


At Archway Dental Surgery, we can help improve the alignment of your smile in a discreet and effective way with Invisalign in Cornwall.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a system that offers a discreet method of realigning your teeth using clear plastic aligners. The aligners apply pressure to your teeth to move them into the target position; don’t worry, though! It should be comfortable as you will change aligners every couple of weeks and this means that they only apply gentle pressure to your teeth. What’s more, we’ll provide you with several sets of aligners at a time, so you won’t need to come and see us every couple of weeks – as much as we’d be happy to see you, we know you’ll have more important things to do with your time!

What are the benefits of choosing Invisalign in Cornwall?

At Archway Dental Surgery, we believe that there are a lot of benefits to choosing Invisalign. Invisalign offers a convenient way of realigning your teeth; you can remove the aligners when you need to, including when you eat and drink, which means you also don’t have to change your diet. You can also brush and floss as normal, allowing you to maintain your oral hygiene. The aligners shouldn’t be visible to other people when you wear them, either, thanks to the clear plastic design. What’s more, they should be really comfortable for you to wear as they will be made bespoke to fit your mouth, sitting snugly on the gumline.

How are measurements taken for the aligners to make them bespoke?

We use iTero 3D technology to scan your mouth for the measurements, which means we won’t need to take messy impressions of your mouth. The scan provides us with the information we need to make your prescription for you aligners to be made from. From this technology, we can also show you a 3D animation of what your teeth will look like after treatment, giving you a clear understanding of how your teeth will look after the completion of treatment. It can be a really exciting thing to see for patients and we like to think it gives you something to feel motivated by when wearing your aligners.

What should I do now?

The first thing you will need to do is book in with us for a consultation and we can check if Invisalign is the right course of treatment for you. Invisalign is used to treat mild to moderate alignment issues. If this isn’t the right course of treatment for you, don’t worry! We have other convenient options available. The best thing to do is have a chat with us and find out what could work. We’re here to listen to all of your concerns and questions, and to discover what your overall aim is for your smile. We will give you our expert advice and the right treatment for you.

So, if you’re keen to get a great smile, why not contact us at Archway Dental Surgery and let us get you grinning your best grin? Say cheese!

Invisalign in Cornwall: giving you the low down!

If you have misaligned teeth – a crossbite, overcrowding, an overbite or an underbite – you may well have heard about Invisalign in Cornwall. At Archway Dental Surgery, we offer a discreet solution to realigning your teeth, giving you the opportunity to smile with the confidence you deserve to have. Not everyone fancies having their teeth realigned for fear of having to wear metal braces and looking like an overgrown teenager, but thankfully this doesn’t have to be the case.invisalign-in-cornwall

What is Invisalign in Cornwall?

Invisalign is an alternative to metal braces. It consists of clear plastic aligners that are bespoke fitted to your mouth. We will take a scan of your mouth using iTero technology from which your aligners will then be made to measure, fitting comfortably along the gumline. Using this scan, we can also create a 3D animation to show you how your teeth will look after treatment has been completed – it’s clever stuff and should get you motivated to wear your aligners for the recommended average of 22 hours a day. When worn, the aligners apply gentle pressure to your teeth to move them gradually into the desired position.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

There are so many benefits to Invisalign in Cornwall that we could talk about it all day! We’re always happy to run through everything with you in person if you book in for a consultation, but here are the highlights. The first major plus point of Invisalign is that when worn, the aligners are barely visible to onlookers. The clear plastic simply shows your teeth through them and people shouldn’t notice you are wearing them – unless you choose to tell them, of course! You can remove the aligners whenever you need to, including when you eat and drink; this means that you won’t have messy clean ups after eating – at least not with your aligners! Another benefit is that you can also remove them when you have a special occasion or a sports fixture – the flexibility is there for you to make the decisions that suit you and your lifestyle. By being able to remove the aligners, you will also be able to maintain great oral hygiene by brushing and flossing as normal. With fixed braces, it can be difficult to keep teeth and gums as healthy, due to issues with brushing and flossing.

A further benefit to choosing Invisalign to treat mild to moderate alignment issues is that the plastic aligners are provided in sets which you will change between every couple of weeks. You get enough sets that you only need to come for a check-up every 6 weeks or so. This means you won’t need as much time off work and, with plastic aligners, there is less chance you will need emergency appointments either, as there is less that can go wrong with them than traditional metal braces (the boss won’t be breathing down your neck because of us!)

So, if you fancy realigning your teeth discreetly, conveniently and effectively, why not get the ball rolling with us at Archway Dental Surgery? We’re here to help get you the great smile you deserve and without feeling uneasy about people knowing what you’re up to – Invisalign can be our little secret.

Want to know more about the Invisalign brace? 5 interesting facts from Archway Dental Surgery

It is an exciting time in the field of adult orthodontics.

More than ever before, people are coming forward to have their teeth straightened later in life, equating to more adult aligners and braces being worn.invisalign-cornwall

If you are curious as to why you haven’t noticed this upsurge in braces while out and about, it could be because they do not use traditional metal braces. Indeed, many of the braces used by patients today are either defined as clear or invisible, which as the name suggests, make them very difficult to spot!

At Archway Dental, we know all there is to know about clear and invisible braces and are able to suggest the most suitable one to help you get the smile you have always dreamed of. With the use of Invisalign in Cornwall, we have been able to straighten thousands of smiles in our time as a cosmetic dentist, helping people of all ages get great smiles discreetly. Perfect!

Curious to learn more about how Invisalign in Cornwall works? Read on for 5 fun facts about this invisible brace.

You know how your smile will look at the start!

Our team at Archway Dental will be able to show you how your smile will look once you have used Invisalign in Cornwall before you even have the first aligner made!

Using computer technology, we will be able to show you the end result and also show you each step in between, so you will know what to expect at every stage of the process.

Fewer dental trips than other braces

Worried about how you will be able to fit this treatment in around work and social commitments?

Luckily, with this invisible aligner, there are fewer overall trips to see our team while you wear them, equating to more time being able to see friends and family.

And, as this brace also has an app to help you track progress, you can update our team digitally, without having to step into our surgery.

Aligners are safer; no latex or BPA

There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the use of harmful chemical BPA in many household materials.

As this brace is made with plastic, many patients have concerns that this may be one of the compounds that make up their brace but rest assured, the composition of this brace contains neither BPA nor latex, making it perfectly safe.

Your teeth will be straightened faster

OK, so while this will depend on the alignment of your teeth at the beginning, on average this brand of brace can straighten your smile in as little as 6 months.

This is an average, so talk to our team about how long it may take to get your smile straightened.

More smiles are eligible for straightening than ever before

This brace is able to straighten a wider array of misalignment than many people think possible. If you have gaps, an overbite, crowding or asymmetry in your smile, this brace can treat them all with ease.

New to wearing Invisalign? Some need-to-know tips from Archway Dental Surgery

While invisible and clear braces have almost eradicated the need for traditional aligners in the majority of adult orthodontics, many people are genuinely surprised that these braces also take some getting used to.wearing-invisalign

Of course, as is the way with having any new appliance in your mouth, you will have to get used to it simply being there for the majority of the day, which can cause initial issues with speech and comfort. But there are many other nuances to know about when it comes to treatment with invisible braces, which will make the entire process much smoother.

At Archway Dental Surgery, our team is able to recommend some gold-standard tips to make your treatment with Invisalign in Cornwall easier to manage. As we have helped thousands of adult and teenage patients straighten their smiles with this brace, we can offer you advice for coping in those first few awkward weeks and beyond.

Be aware, that these are only some basic tips to managing Invisalign in Cornwall and our team will be able to offer you more personalised advice during your first check-up post fitting!

Invest in a travel toothbrush

This first tip confuses many patients who have started to wear Invisalign in Cornwall.

As the brace is removable, you need to brush your teeth after each meal to avoid pressing food debris against your teeth.

Therefore, the easiest way to achieve this is with the purchasing of a travel-sized toothbrush. Don’t worry, you will just need the toothbrush and not the toothpaste!

Only drink water

Let’s be a bit more specific; when you are wearing your invisible brace, it is advisable to only consume water.

As the plastic which your invisible brace is made from is not stain resistant and can become discoloured if you consume acidic drinks while wearing the brace. If you want that invisible brace to stay invisible, stick to plain water.

Dental wax is a must!

It is true that invisible braces offer superior comfort to their wearers; after all, no metal and no tightening does indeed make for a more pleasant orthodontic experience!

But, while you are adjusting to your new brace in those first few weeks, you may be surprised at how often it rubs against your tongue, which can lead to sores starting to form.

In this case, our team will be able to provide you with a specialised dental wax, to reduce those irritated areas and make you feel more comfortable.

Store them in their case

When out and about, if your brace isn’t in your mouth be sure to keep it in the case it came with.

This will prevent it from warping, becoming damaged and of course, will ensure that you always know where it is when you need to put it back in!

Manage discomfort

While this brace does not cause as much pressure as regular braces do, it is important to manage any discomfort you notice. If over-the-counter pain relief does not alleviate the discomfort, contact our team immediately!

Want to discover if Invisalign braces are for you? Your top 5 FAQS answered by Archway Dental Surgery

As with most things in life, it is important to be 100% certain that you understand what you are doing.

Nowhere is this more necessary than when it comes to cosmetic procedures, especially when those procedures revolve around your teeth! And, if there’s a brace involved, well, all the more reason to double-check every point.invisalign-in-cornwall

If you are looking to straighten your smile as an adult or a teenager, you will undoubtedly have some questions about the procedure, the brace and other issues that surround these points.

And here, our team at Archway Dental can help.

As we have answered so many questions about the world-famous adult brace Invisalign in Cornwall, we are equipped and trained to help you with this process. We know everything there is to know about the preparation, the treatment and the aftercare, so when you choose Archway Dental Surgery to get the straighter smile you have always wanted, you know you have chosen the best!

But what are some of the most common questions our dental team is asked about Invisalign in Cornwall? Read on to find out!

How do they differ from regular braces?

There are many ways Invisalign in Cornwall differs from traditional metal braces.

For starters, as the name suggests, they are invisible, allowing you to undertake the orthodontic procedure without drawing unwanted attention from others.

Secondly, they offer a faster treatment time (on average) as well as being easier to use overall. There are many other ways they differ, which our team will be happy to discuss with you!

What happens during the fitting?

A 3-D scan of your teeth will need to be taken by our team in order for the set of trays to be created. Luckily, there is no impression that needs to be taken using a dental clay!

Once this has been done, you will need to wear the aligners for between 20-22 hours per day, or as long as our orthodontic specialist recommends. You will need to change your aligners every 2 weeks depending on your orthodontic issues, and you will need to visit our team about every 6 weeks.

How do I keep the aligners clean?

Simple; these plastic trays can be cleaned using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a rinse under luke-warm water.

Do not use boiling water to remove stains and refrain from using mouthwash to clean them.

How long will the process take?

While it was mentioned earlier that the process using this invisible brace may be faster, this will depend on the complexity of your orthodontic case.

However, this treatment takes on average between 6-9 months, but talk to our team about how long it may take to straighten your smile.

Isn’t it expensive?

While invisible braces may seem more expensive than traditional ones, due to shorter treatment times, they are often cheaper to undertake. Also, our team at Archway Dental are able to offer suitable patients 0% financing options, allowing you to break down the final cost into smaller, monthly instalments. Perfect!

Want to know why Invisalign is so popular? 5 reasons from Archway Dental Surgery

With more adults than ever before choosing to undertake orthodontic treatment, certain braces and aligners have undoubtedly become more popular than others.invisalign-cornwall

Why? Because when it comes to orthodontics, adults have different requirements to children; any brace needs to be comfortable to wear, as well as visually discreet. It will need to offer a faster treatment time (if possible), while also being good value for money.

With such a list of demands from a simple orthodontic appliance, one could think that no such brace could ever exist. However, such an aligner has been created and is currently the most popular brace amongst adults and teenagers.

And when you decide you want to undertake this brace, come to Archway Dental Surgery. Our team has helped thousands of patients to straighten their smiles with Invisalign in Cornwall, and know all the advantages that there are to choosing this aligner.

So, why is Invisalign in Cornwall one of our most popular aligners among adults? Read on to find out!


While you may have already heard this, one of the key reasons for the success of Invisalign in Cornwall is because it is removable.

Why is this a popular feature? Because it allows you to take it out when you are eating food, giving a talk at work, or even when you are going on a date. And as it can be removed, it will not impinge on your oral hygiene.


The basis of this invisible aligner is simple; simply wear each aligner tray for around 2 weeks, switch to the next one and visit our dentist at Archway Dental every 6-8 weeks. No tightening, no additional trips to the hygienist and no fiddly wires, this brace is straightforward to use.


And, as there is no tightening associated with this brace, it is more comfortable to wear.

While there may be some initial pressure once you put this brace in, this will be short-lived, and may also occur when you switch between aligners.

But as this brace uses no metal to push on your teeth, there is no overwhelming feeling of pressure in your jaw, allowing you to undertake this orthodontic treatment without discomfort.

If you do notice any intense discomfort at any stage of wearing this brace, contact our team for a check-up!


Even children aren’t fond of wearing braces for extended periods of time and so, it is reasonable to assume adults aren’t either.

Luckily, due to the design of this invisible brace, the average treatment time ranges from between 6-9 months, meaning you won’t have to endure endless months of dental check-ups and other appointments.


Finally, the reason this brace has boomed in popularity is that, as its name suggests, it is invisible!

Made from clear plastic, it slots over your teeth and seamlessly blends in, perhaps adding an additional shimmer to your smile. It is easy to clean (run it under a lukewarm tap) and easy to remove when you need to. What’s not to like?

‘Green Dentistry’

‘Green Dentistry’

The dental industry is notorious for its large carbon footprint. We know dentistry as teeth, diagnosis, treatments dental care, but each and every practice produces unfriendly waste! Here at Archway we feel we have a role to play in helping to tackle climate change and we are actively working on and identifying ways we can help and deliver services more sustainably.

How can we do this??

  • We are identifying the areas we need to improve on.
  • We are implementing alternatives.
  • Researching and looking at ways we can improve.


Here are a few of the changes we have been working on and will continue to participate towards saving our planet….

  • Changing to Digital X-rays – not only are patients exposed to less radiation but we no longer generate chemicals, paper, lead waste.
  • We have been trying to reduce our paper waste, patient files are electronic.
  • In our waiting areas our magazines are recycled and we have reduced the volume and frequency of magazines.
  • We support the local Kicks Count Charity and have a recycling box in our waiting room and encourage patients or anyone in the community to bring in there dental waste to recycle.
  • We are actively encouraging our patients to have recall reminders via SMS and email.
  • We have just ordered re-usable metal mouthwash cups we can sterilise to get rid our biggest plastic waste!
  • Currently we are working on reducing our paper/plastic waste through our sterilisation pouches, and looking at alternative ways to do this but still be compliant.
  • Using social media to encourage our patients to recycle and participate.

“It’s all our responsibility”


Dry Mouth

Dry Mouth… We now sell ‘Bioxtra Dry Mouth Oral Gel’

Dry mouth is a condition which affects the flow of saliva causing your mouth to feel dry.

It can be caused by simply just getting older, or a side effect of the menopause. It can be a side effect of medication, or medical treatments such radiotherapy to the head and neck. And it can be caused by a medical conditions such as diabetes.

Dry mouth can cause a higher rate of decay, affect the taste of foods and making it harder to eat drier foods and furthermore can cause bad breathe and is generally uncomfortable for the patient.

We now sell Bioextra dry mouth oral gel, it is alcohol and menthol free, and mimics saliva’s natural activity and provides a normal balance of saliva in the mouth with a fresh breath.

We offer many different dental product for sale, inter-dental brushes, floss, electric toothbrushes, Blue M products, toothpastes do pop by and have a look ?

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6 Main Reasons You Need a Regular Dental Health Review

6 Main Reasons You Need A Regular Dental Health Review (Check Up)

1. For oral cancer detection.
2. To look and examine for gum disease and provide professional help with dental hygiene.
3. To check for any cavities, damaged fillings, broken teeth.
3.To offer advice on stopping smoking, incorrect brushing techniques, dietary advice and much more…
4.X-rays if necessary to diagnose problems that cannot be seen by the naked eye.
5.To check jaw opening, lymph nodes and neck area for any abnormalities.
6. To identify any unnoticed signs of larger health issues.

A dental health review (check up) is as important as any other health screening appointment so ensure you attend regularly!!