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Invisalign Lite Invisible Braces: A UK Guide to Costs and Treatment

Contributors:  Amanda Napitu

Invisalign Lite is one of the treatment options with Invisalign clear aligners. It provides mild to moderate teeth straightening, meaning it costs a little less than the full treatment. But what exactly does Invisalign Lite cost in the UK, and what else makes it different to other types of aligner treatment?

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Removable braces to straighten teeth in 6-8 months

Features of Invisalign Lite include:

  • Almost invisible aligner trays which fit over the teeth
  • Aligners changed every two weeks
  • Total treatment time of around seven months
  • Suitable for mild and some moderate tooth alignment problems
  • Trays can be removed for eating and cleaning

Keep reading to find out more about prices and what kind of results to expect. We also look at some real user reviews to discover what people thought of their Invisalign Lite experience. We hope this helps you decide whether this treatment is right for you.

Invisalign Lite is a great choice if you need minor teeth straightening and you don't want fixed metal braces. Clear aligners are almost invisible and work just as well as traditional braces in the majority of cases.

How do Invisalign “invisible braces” work?

The removable aligner tray system from Invisalign offers a way to straighten teeth without the need for fixed brackets and wires. The aligners apply pressure to your teeth in a carefully planned way to move them into the desired position.

You'll need to change your aligners every two weeks, and step by step you'll notice a difference in your smile. You'll have an appointment every 4-8 weeks with your dentist or orthodontist so they can check your progress and provide you with your next sets of aligners. The total length of your treatment will depend on how much correction your teeth require.

Your dentist will plan your treatment after doing a detailed examination of your mouth, including x-rays and mouth scans. They use special software to show you what your teeth should look like following treatment, then the aligners are 3D-printed to precisely fit your teeth.

Would you like to know what you'll look like with straighter teeth? With Invisalign's free SmileView tool, you can find out. Just upload a selfie and you'll have your result in one minute.

One big benefit of invisible braces is they can be removed for 2-4 hours per day. This is partly to allow time for eating and cleaning, but it also means you can take them out for important meetings or big events. Removable braces allow you to brush and floss your teeth just as you would normally.

Aligners must be removed for eating and drinking anything except water, and you need to clean your teeth and aligners before replacing them. So although you have the freedom to eat and drink what you like (which you don't get with fixed braces), constant cleaning can be quite an inconvenience. On the other hand, it may help you improve your oral hygiene habits for life!

You can read more about Invisalign and other aligner brands in our detailed guide.

What is Invisalign Lite?

Invisalign Lite is one of four aligner treatment options available for UK patients:

  • First: This treatment focuses on early intervention for children aged 6-10 years old.
  • Express: Suitable for minor crowding or teeth gaps and purely aesthetic treatments. Also used for correction of minor relapse.
  • Lite: A solution for mild to moderate cases in adults and teenagers, taking 6-8 months on average.
  • Comprehensive: Corrects a wide range of alignment problems in adults and teens, and takes 12-24 months on average.

So, you can think of Invisalign Lite as an in-between option for people whose problem is too complex for the Express solution but doesn't require the full 12-24 month treatment.

The only way to know for sure whether you can have Invisalign Lite or Express instead of Comprehensive is to book an appointment with an Invisalign dentist. They will carry out a full assessment, and discuss your treatment plan and costs.

In the Invisalign Lite review video below you can see what this process was like for a patient named Charley. Her teeth had started going crooked because she didn't wear a retainer after her orthodontic treatment a few years before:

What's the difference between Invisalign Lite vs. Comprehensive?

The three main differences between Invisalign Comprehensive vs. Lite are: the degree of correction that can be achieved, the required treatment time, and the price. The aligners themselves are exactly the same.

If treatment timescale is an important factor in making your decision, you might be wondering, how long does Invisalign take? And how does that compare to Invisalign Lite?

How long does Invisalign Lite take?

The typical Invisalign Lite treatment time is 6-8 months, compared to 12-24 months for Invisalign Comprehensive. This reduced treatment time reflects the limited range of treatable problems. Invisalign Lite is suitable for:

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These aligners are barely noticeable

How many aligners are used for Invisalign Lite?

Invisalign Lite treatment usually involves 14 sets of aligners, changed every one to two weeks according to your treatment plan. Comprehensive Invisalign treatment can use a lot more than this.

Some people with very mild orthodontic issues may be eligible for single arch Invisalign depending on their case and how it may affect their overall bite. And, because fewer aligners are needed for the shorter Invisalign Lite treatment, the cost is lower than Comprehensive treatment.

Another difference between Invisalign Lite and Comprehensive is that with the Lite package there is less flexibility for Invisalign refinements and additional treatment if you aren't happy with the end results. Comprehensive treatment, on the other hand, includes any additional sets of aligners needed to get completely satisfactory results.

With both types, your dentist may need to fit some small attachments to your teeth to help keep the aligners in place and move teeth more effectively. These are made from a tooth-coloured composite and designed to be as inconspicuous as possible.

Here is a summary of the differences between Invisalign Comprehensive, Lite and Express:

Type of Invisalign treatment

Comprehensive

Lite

Express

Cost estimate

£3,500 - £5,500

£2,500 - £4,000

£2,000 - £3,000

Treatment length

12-24 months

6-8 months

3+ months

Suitable for

Moderate and complex cases

Mild and moderate cases

Mild and aesthetic cases

How much does Invisalign Lite cost in the UK?

Typically, treatment with Invisalign Lite costs between £2,500 and £4,000 with a UK dentist. This is compared to £3,500 to £5,500 for Invisalign Comprehensive. However, exact costs will vary. Costs are based on a number of factors including the complexity of your treatment and your dentist's location and expertise.

Please do keep in mind that individual quotes will vary. We recommend getting quotes from several clinics whenever you're considering dental treatment. This will help you find a competitive price from a provider you're happy with.

Unfortunatley, Invisalign aligners are not available with the NHS, but most providers offer payment plans and financing so you can spread the cost of Invisalign Lite into smaller payments over time. Do check what interest rate will apply and how it will affect your total treatment price.

Finally, find out exactly what is included with your treatment cost. Will you have to pay extra for any refinements, aftercare and Invisalign Vivera retainers? What happens if you aren't happy with the final results? Ask to see Invisalign Lite before and after photos from previous patients so you can check how effective their results are.

Cheaper alternatives to Invisalign Lite

If your budget doesn't stretch to £2,500 – £4,000, there are other clear aligner options that may be more suitable. Some of the most popular alternatives to Invisalign Lite, which also treat mild to moderate cases, are direct-to-consumer aligners like NewSmile and SmileDirectClub.

Rather than visiting a dentist's office every time you need a checkup, your dentist tracks your progress via an app. This cuts out some of the costs associated with aligner treatment, making these options much more affordable.

NewSmile aligners cost just £1,295, including whitening and a free set of retainers. You'll need to take your own teeth impressions at home with the kit they provide, and one of their specialists will help you with this via a video call if needed.

SmileDirectClub costs £1,639, also including whitening. One benefit of SmileDirectClub is that you don't have to do putty impressions; they have a network of ‘SmileShop' clinics around the UK, which you can visit for a free 3D scan. They will use this to assess your eligibility and plan your treatment.

Both companies offer a full money-back guarantee if it turns out you are not a good candidate for this treatment.

Remote monitoring can be more convenient for people who can't easily get to a dentist for regular appointments. Plus, both of these brands offer a nighttime-only option. This means you only have to wear your aligners for 10 hours per day, but the overall treatment time will increase.

Of course, there are downsides to not visiting a dentist in-person, and you should carefully consider whether this is a good option for you rather than basing it just on the price and convenience.

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SmileDirectClub has been offering aligner treatment at home for over 8 years, making them one of the most experienced companies in this market.

Treatment takes 4-6 months on average, or 10 months for nighttime-only aligners. Their UK-based customer care is available 24/7 should you need to reach out at any time.

There are several ways you can get started:

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NewSmile is a Canadian company that brought its clear aligners to the UK market in 2022. NewSmile aligners are made from the clearest material and the company offers excellent service at the best price.

They don't have any physical locations, so you'll need to purchase an aligner kit to get started. One of their Impression Specialists will guide you through the process on a video call when you're ready.

NewSmile aligners are very affordable, costing just £1,395 (currently discounted to £1,295). But even better, this price includes whitening foam to use in your aligners, plus your first set of retainers!

Choose their daytime package for treatment in 4-6 months, or nighttime aligners for a more discreet treatment that takes 8-10 months. Both options come with 0% interest payment plans available.

You can read our guide to SmileDirectClub vs Invisalign for more information about the key considerations when choosing between these treatments.

Invisalign Lite reviews

There are many reasons why people choose to use invisible braces to straighten their teeth. The following patient was a good candidate for Invisalign Lite because her teeth were just a little crooked. Although many people thought she had great teeth, she was conscious of them and wanted to get them straightened.

Her Invisalign Lite review goes into some detail about how the treatment works, including attachments, and why it took slightly longer than expected.

She had considered getting veneers, even looking at treatment abroad to cut the cost. But in the end, she decided against that because she didn't want to harm her natural teeth and the £2,800 cost of Invisalign Lite was much less than the lifetime cost of veneers. She did also get some teeth filing and composite bonding to straighten up some uneven teeth.

Another patient, Alice, gives a detailed account in her Invisalign Lite review video below. She shares before and after photos of her teeth and talks about the treatment process. She also has some tips for managing pain and cleaning the aligners.

“The process is so quick with Invisalign! My treatment was 28 weeks… that's just amazing in such a short space of time,” comments Alice while listing her Invisalign Lite pros and cons. “I would definitely recommend this treatment,” she concludes.

If you want to know more about treatment with Invisalign you can read these Invisalign reviews. You'll also find lots of online reviews and videos from patients sharing their experiences.

It's common to have some speech problems while adjusting to wearing aligners. You should also expect some pain and/or discomfort for a day or two after switching to a new set. This is the time when your teeth are under the most pressure from the braces. You can take an over-the-counter painkiller to help relieve this pain or try some toothache home remedies.

Some wearers report that two hours a day is simply not long enough to eat, clean their aligners, and clean and floss their teeth. It's easy for bacteria to build up in the braces so careful cleaning is essential to avoid tooth decay and unpleasant smells.

Alternative treatment options

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Clear braces are an alternative to aligners

If you decide that you would prefer a different style of brace altogether, lingual braces are fixed behind the teeth, making them almost completely invisible. Clear aesthetic braces (pictured) are another way to straighten teeth inconspicuously and can be used for more severe cases too.

Note that whatever kind of orthodontic treatment you choose, you'll need to keep wearing a retainer at night for as long as you want your teeth to stay in their new, straighter position.

You should also take good care of your oral hygiene while undergoing orthodontic treatment. A water flosser can help with this, especially if you opt for fixed braces.

Conclusion

Invisalign Lite is a fast and inconspicuous way to treat minor and moderate teeth alignment issues. In just seven months you could have a straighter smile – without anyone even being aware you were wearing braces!

This orthodontic system has obvious appeal for adults who feel that metal braces would detract from their professional appearance or spoil an important event. However, Invisalign is one of the more expensive teeth aligner options, and you may want to consider some others before committing to any treatment.

Whatever you decide, we hope this article has helped you understand more about your treatment options.

Invisalign Lite Invisible Braces: A UK Guide to Costs and Treatment
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Contributors:
Amanda specialises in writing informative content about dentistry. She has been a regular contributor to Dentaly.org since 2017, and collaborates with dozens of dentists to keep this content accurate and up-to-date.
Sources

National Center for Biotechnology Information: Orthodontic Treatment with Clear Aligners and The Scientific Reality Behind Their Marketing: A Literature Review. Consulted 24th April 2019.

British Orthodontic Society: Clear Aligners. Consulted 24th April 2019.

Prices stated are indicative only and are based on publicised treatment prices at dental clinics across the UK.