How does Invisalign work

We already know that Invisalign works using aligners.

Looking at how thin and slimline they are it seems crazy these little things can straighten even really crowded or crooked teeth.

How do aligners work

Firstly, you should know that, ANY kind of orthodontics system used to straighten teeth, works by applying pressure to the teeth, which in turn causes the teeth to move.

When we create your 3D video animation of your treatment, Invisaligns’ clincheck software will show us exactly how many of these aligners it will take to straighten your teeth.

Lets say for example its 15 aligners.

Each aligner is created in a slightly moved or rotated position than the previous one, such that, your first aligner is where your teeth are at the moment, and your last aligner is the position we want your teeth to end up.

Every two weeks, at home, you’ll change over to your next aligner (typically patients come to visit us every 6-8 weeks and we will give you 3-4 aligners to take home with you on each visit). Since your next aligners is in a slightly more moved or rotated position that the last one, this change in position puts gentle pressure on your teeth causing them to move.

Of course there is a bit more science behind it and there a things you might want to know about such as, attachments, reductions and refinement, but, in a nut shell that’s how Invisalign straightens teeth.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign, the clear alternative to braces.

Invisalign is a product which straightens your teeth using nearly invisible, custom made, removable aligners to improve your smile.

It was created for adults who wish to straighten their teeth but who wouldn’t consider traditional fixed braces.

Whilst obviously it is not completely invisible, it is, the brand which has commonly become known by the public as the ‘Invisible brace’.

Invisalign is an aligner based system.

Invisalign, the clear alternative to braces.
Example of an Invisalign aligner

An aligner is basically a clear strip of plastic which covers the teeth, similar to a bleaching tray or night guard but much thinner and made of stronger more rigid material.

“In my opinion Invisalign aligners are by far the best on the market and have been for some time. Cosmetically no other aligner I’ve seen looks as discrete and natural as Invisalign aligners do. As a company, Invisalign also has huge amounts of research, development and technology behind the brand’.” Dr Ricky Adams B.D.S.




The most common question I get at this point of explaining Invisalign to a patient, friend or family, is; but how can something so small and thin straighten my teeth?

To find out, click here to read our article on, How does invisalign work?

Nervous dental patients need fear no more, thanks to advances in modern dentistry

Nervous dental patients may have struggled with their anxiety for years, desperately wanting a healthy mouth and an attractive smile yet wracked with crippling fear. At Adams Dental in North London we understand how much dental phobia can affect your life, impacting not just your oral health but your self-image, general wellbeing, and confidence too.

nervous-dental-patientsThat’s why, at our North London clinic, we are pleased to offer a range of solutions designed to help nervous dental patients get both the treatment they need and the smile they deserve. Because everyone deserves a smile to be proud of, even you. It may seem like a distant dream right now, but if you want to beat your fear your journey begins by contacting our North London dental practice.

If you haven’t visited the dentist in many years, you may feel embarrassed or ashamed by the condition of your teeth. At our North London practice we urge you not to feel this way; we take nervous dental patients’ concerns seriously and know that by passing judgement on your oral health we will only add to the problem. We are determined to help you conquer your anxiety, whatever it takes.

Every nervous dental patient’s story will be unique, so we will start by getting to know a bit about you and, if possible, identifying the root cause of your fear. It may be a negative experience as a child or in the past, or could be triggered by something specific – the sound or feeling of a drill, the sight of a needle, perhaps. Sometimes people can’t identify what causes their anxiety, and we can work with that too.

We will work with you to find the ideal route back to dental health. Among the options for nervous dental patients are using in-chair entertainment (listening to the radio, music, or watching a film) during some treatments to help you relax, hypnotherapy – which can provide helpful ways to cope with future treatment – and conscious sedation, which involves being awake so able to cooperate with treatment, but very relaxed and free from pain.

Nervous dental patients’ North London treatment options

Nervous dental patients can experience serious problems with their oral and general health, as well as with their self-esteem and confidence if their teeth fall into a poor state. Adams Dental in North London has worked successfully with many nervous dental patients, providing gentle, caring, respectful and professional treatment no matter what the cause of your fear.

nervous-dental-patientsMany nervous dental patients feel their fear compounded by additional anxiety that they will be judged by their dentist for allowing their oral health to fall into a bad way. At our North London clinic we will never judge you, no matter what health issues we may find – all we want to do is restore your mouth to healthy condition and help you keep it that way. We also believe that everyone deserves a smile to be proud of, and offer a number of cosmetic dental treatments to help you create the smile that may right now seem like a distant dream.

North London nervous dental patients’ treatment options

There are several routes back to oral health available at our North London dental practice. Our principal dentist is Dental Phobia certified, a recognised accreditation for treating nervous dental patients.


We have a qualified hypnotherapy team at our North London clinic, who can help those anxious about treatment by communicating with your subconscious mind. Hypnotherapy is also useful for people who have a strong gag reflex, who suffer from bruxism (tooth grinding), or who would like help giving up smoking. This therapy doesn’t stop when you walk out of the practice with healthy teeth; instead, you will be furnished with techniques to help you cope and maintain your health going forward.

Conscious sedation

Conscious sedation is different to the general anaesthetic you may have had if you have undergone an operation in a hospital. You won’t be asleep – so will be able to cooperate with your dentist as required – but will be in a deeply peaceful, relaxed, and pain-free state. Most people remember little to nothing about their treatment when it is complete, instead coming out of sedation with a healthy, happy mouth.

Sedation dental treatment to beat fear of the dentist

The rise of sedation dental treatment means that thousands of patients who were once excluded from having good oral health because of fear, anxiety, or phobia are now finding a route back to a healthy, happy mouth in a stress-free environment. Adams Dental in North London offers sedation as part of its commitment to helping nervous patients get the treatment they need. Other options include hypnosis and the ability to use noise-cancelling headphones to drown out common triggers such as the sound of the drill.

sedation-dentistryBenefits of sedation dental treatment

At our North London dental practice we believe that everyone deserves a healthy mouth. But we also know that many people’s fear or phobia of the dentist is so strong that they put off seeking treatment – or simply refuse to go at all.

According to the Oral Health Foundation, 12% of the UK population experiences severe anxiety about visiting the dentist. It’s slightly more common in women than in men, but can affect people of all ages, from all backgrounds, and has a vast array of causes.

Sedation dental treatment is an excellent option for nervous patients. It does not mean you will be unconscious as with a general anaesthetic in hospital – you will be awake, so able to cooperate with your dentist during treatment. However, you will be in a very relaxed state, will feel no pain or discomfort, and will remember little to nothing about treatment when it’s complete.

North London sedation dental treatment options

There are two options for sedation dental treatment at our North London clinic, and we will discuss them both in detail prior to your appointment so that you know anything you need to do before or after your appointment.

The first is inhalation sedation, which is excellent if you are afraid of needles, and wears off soon after treatment is complete. It involves breathing a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen.

The second is IV sedation, which is delivered by a small needle in your hand or arm, and requires you to bring a friend to take you home afterwards, because it takes longer for the sedatives to wear off.

No more fear: how nervous dental patients are overcoming their anxiety

In 2016, nervous dental patients have a number of options available to them to help them beat their fears and get much-needed treatment without anxiety. Dr Ricky Adams, Principal Dentist at Adams Dental in North London, is Dental Phobia certified, and his whole team is committed to providing anxious, nervous, and phobic patients with compassionate, high-quality, professional treatment and care at all times.

nervous-dental-patientsBeing a nervous dental patient is nothing unusual; approximately one in six UK adults is so anxious about treatment that they don’t even go for routine check-ups. This can cause something of a vicious circle, as only visiting the dentist when an emergency arises often means you are already in a state of high anxiety and stress, and often necessitates more invasive treatment that could have been avoided with regular check-ups and hygiene appointments.

The last thing you want if you do work up the courage to seek treatment is to be judged or patronised. We can assure you that this will never happen at our North London clinic. Instead, we will treat nervous dental patients with care, compassion, and respect.

We are more than happy to have an informal chat through your fears and triggers, as well as talking you through all the options we offer for nervous patients at our North London dental practice.

Nervous dental patients: North London treatment options

Below are some of the options we can offer nervous dental patients at our North London clinic:

In-chair entertainment

Some people find that being able to listen to their favourite radio show, music, or podcast can allow them to relax enough to have treatment. You also have the option of watching TV programmes or DVDs during treatment for many procedures. We offer noise-cancelling headphones and DVD glasses at our North London practice.


Hypnotherapy involves communicating with your subconscious to help nervous dental patients beat their fears. It also furnishes you with self-management techniques to use in the future. A qualified hypnotherapist is available at Adams Dental.

Conscious sedation

Whilst not asleep, with this option you will be very relaxed and will remember little about treatment afterwards.

How nervous dental patients can overcome their fears to get back to oral health

Are you a nervous dental patient? Adams Dental in North London can help. We believe that everybody deserves a smile that is happy and healthy, and while we fully understand and empathise with the fears of those who are anxious or phobic about visiting the dentist, we also believe that in the modern day and age anxiety needn’t be a barrier to treatment. Our whole team is committed to working with you to help you get back to oral health – and stay there.

nervous-dental-patientsFear of the dentist has numerous causes, and we are confident that we can help you overcome all of them. Some people have had a negative experience of treatment in the past, whilst others have specific triggers such as the sound of the drill, the sight of a needle, or the sounds and smells of a practice environment. Others think they will be judged because their oral health has fallen into poor condition.

You need not fear judgement at our North London practice; all we want to do is help you get your oral health back. Our practice environment is modern and relaxing, and our principal dentist, Dr Ricky Adams, is Dental Phobia certified to recognise his work with nervous dental patients.

We have a number of options for nervous dental patients in North London, and will be happy to talk you through all of them in a relaxed and informal chat away from the dentist’s chair. Every nervous dental patient’s needs will be unique, so we will work closely with you to find the best way to assist you in overcoming your fears.

North London nervous dental patients: your options


Hypnosis can help you to get treatment, and can furnish you with techniques to manage your condition going forward. We have a qualified hypnotherapist at our North London clinic.

Sedation dentistry

Dental sedation induces a very relaxed state. You will be awake, so able to cooperate with your dentist, but will feel no pain, just peace. You are likely to remember little to nothing about your procedure when it is complete.

Why nervous dental patients have nothing to fear at our North London practice

Nervous dental patients have nothing to fear at North London practice Adams Dental. Our principal dentist, Dr Ricky Adams, is Dental Phobia certified, and the whole team is both experienced in and committed to helping nervous patients to get treatment.

nervous-dental-patientsYou might feel alone if you are a nervous dental patient, but in fact approximately one in ten adults in the UK is so scared of the dentist that they simply do not go. A survey by the Oral Health Foundation, as part of National Smile Month 2016, found that approximately 2% of the UK population have never been to a dentist, whilst 27% only go when they have a problem.

Women are slightly more likely to suffer from this type of anxiety than men, and the top two fears are having a tooth drilled (30%) and having a local anaesthetic injection (28%). At our North London clinic we understand that there are multiple reasons that cause people to become nervous dental patients as well as these triggers; a bad childhood experience, fear of judgement over poor oral health, and fear of being out of control of the situation are just some of them.

Whatever the reason behind your fear – even if you can’t identify a specific trigger – at our North London clinic we can help.

There are several options for nervous dental patients at our North London practice, and the team will take the time to find the perfect one for you. We’ll start with an informal chat to find out any specific triggers you may have, and any thoughts you may have about what could help.

Hypnotherapy offers relief to a lot of nervous dental patients, and furnishes them with self-management techniques for the future. Ensuring you know the signals to give your dentist if you want to pause treatment can also help if you fear not being in control – we don’t mind taking a break!

Conscious sedation is a popular option for nervous dental patients. Whilst you won’t be asleep as you would with general anaesthetic, so able to cooperate with instructions, you will be very relaxed and unaware of treatment.

Helping nervous dental patients in North London

Nervous dental patients deserve a healthy, happy smile, just like anyone else. That’s what we believe at Adams Dental in North London, so if you are anxious, nervous, or even phobic about receiving dental treatment, we urge you to get in touch with us to find out how we can help get you back to full oral health.

nervous-dental-patientsIt’s easy to feel out on your own if you are a nervous dental patient. However, approximately one in ten people is so scared of the dentist that they simply fail to go to routine appointments. Over time, their oral health worsens, and they may live with discomfort or even pain for months or years before an emergency finally forces them to seek treatment.

This can serve to make matters worse, because by the time an emergency occurs they are likely to need extensive and often invasive treatment. This could easily have been avoided if they had kept up routine dental appointments, or even if they had presented to a surgery as soon as a tooth ache, swelling, or other problem arose.

Dr Ricky Adams, principal dentist at our North London practice, is Dental Phobia certified, which means he is officially recognised for his caring and compassionate nature towards nervous dental patients. You can view his certification on the Dental Phobia website.

There are numerous reasons that people give for being nervous dental patients. It could be a bad experience in childhood, or a specific trigger – perhaps the sound of the drill, the sight of a needle, even the sounds and smells of a practice environment. Other people worry about potential treatment they might need, or fear being judged because their teeth and gums have fallen into poor condition.

At our North London clinic we will never judge you. All we want to do is to get you back to full health.

There are a number of options available at our North London practice for nervous dental patients. These include using hypnotherapy, being able to listen to music or watch films during some treatments, and conscious sedation, which brings on a feeling of deep peace.