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Invisalign – Everything You Need to Know

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At Oakwood Dental Practice in Botley we are proud to offer Invisalign. Dr Grethe Louw is an experienced full invisalign provider and has answered some frequently asked questions below. 

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a teeth straightening solution involving a series of clear, virtually invisible, removable and comfortable aligners to give you a beautiful set of straight teeth.

Invisalign aligners offer the perfect solution as they are clear and have a precision fit – so you will be the only person who knows you are wearing them! This also means you benefit sooner from your evolving perfect smile, which will be visible during treatment – without being hidden behind traditional wire and bracket solutions. Oprah Winfrey and Tom Cruise are just a few well known celebrities who have used this teeth straightening solution – and you can too!

How does Invisalign work?

Innovative 3D printing technology now allows for a brighter, more comfortable way to straighten your teeth using transparent resin trays. These trays are 0.3mm thick, and as the name implies, are transparent. They are created to fit perfectly over your teeth with no uncomfortable parts sticking into your delicate gums or cheeks. What’s more, you may find that these almost invisible braces go totally unnoticed by friends or colleagues. And even though you do need to wear the aligners for 20-22 hours a day, you can take them out for an hour or two for a very special occasion.

One of the fantastic things about Invisalign is that the transparent alignment trays are removable. You can take the trays out to enjoy your meals and for flossing and brushing your teeth.

Invisalign benefits:

  • Virtually invisible – so you can smile and socialise in confidence.
  • Removable – so you can eat, drink, brush and floss as usual.
  • Custom made and close fitting – your speech won’t be affected
  • Smooth and a snug fit – discomfort and damage to gums and surrounding tissue that can be caused by some fixed brace brackets, or loose or broken bracket wires, is eliminated
  • Reduced treatment time – precision digital planning reduces treatment time from some traditional teeth straightening methods
  • Time saving – on average, you only need to make a short visit to us every 6-8 weeks to collect each series of aligners. You would change your aligners every two weeks without having to revisit the clinic.
  • Less invasive – the aligners are removable, clear, smooth and flexible. No issues commonly caused by some bracket and wire brace options.
  • Enjoy the benefits of your improving smile at every stage – as Invisalign aligners are clear and virtually invisible, people will only notice your improving smile and not your braces.

Invisalign can be used to treat a variety of problems including:

  •  Crooked teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Overly crowded teeth
  • A deep bite
  • An underbite
  • An open bite
  • A crossbite

Can everyone use Invisalign? 

Invisalign is suitable for most teeth straightening, apart from more extreme case when jaw adjustment with alternative orthodontic procedures is needed. It may also not be suitable for younger cases where teeth are still growing.

We offer a bespoke treatment plan and finance options to make sure you can get the perfect smile you deserve.

Call in and find out more

Our patients here at Oakwood Dental have the opportunity to take advantage of Invisalign braces in Southampton. You can too by visiting us for a consultation appointment. Why not find out if Invisalign is right for you? Join us for an assessment and let us help you achieve a better smile.

To book your consultation with us please call or email us on either 01489 797902 or, or by clicking on this link:

A new year, a new you!

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Every year we make promises to ourselves, says principal dentist Grethe Louw from Oakwood Dental Practice in Southampton. Whether we want to get fit, start a new hobby or have a change of career, we look to the future with optimism.

Facial aesthetic treatments, Invisalign clear teeth straightening, tooth whitening and implants for replacing missing teeth or anchoring dentures, can help you look as great as you feel on the inside. Treat yourself (or someone else) to a new look for a new year.

Facial Aesthetic Treatments

Christmas and New Year are often a busy time with family visits, events, catching up with friends and lots of parties – so now is the perfect time to consider facial aesthetic treatments!

Anti-Wrinkle Injections (Azzalure) – Can be used to treat frown lines, crow’s feet, forehead and other facial lines. Reduce winkles with bespoke treatments from our talented Botley dentists and we can target the areas you want to treat.

Dermal Fillers (Restylane) – Can be used to add volume to your lips, cheeks, nose to mouth lines, skin laxity and chin. Dermal fillers replace the hyaluronic acid in your skin, which is responsible for making it appear plump and youthful. When we are young we have this in abundance and this is why our skin has volume and elasticity. The ageing process causes the stocks to deplete and dermal fillers work by temporarily replacing them. Subsequent treatments will prolong the previous treatments that you have had.

Felc Nano Plasma (PLEXR)

Before Oakwood Dental Practice's principal dentist Grethe Louw carried out Felc Nano Plasma (PLEXR)

Before Oakwood Dental Practice’s principal dentist Grethe Louw carried out Felc Nano Plasma (PLEXR)

After Oakwood Dental Practice's principal dentist Grethe Louw carried out Felc Nano Plasma (PLEXR)

The stunning results after Felc Nano Plasma (PLEXR) carried out by Oakwood Dental Practice’s principal dentist Grethe Louw in Southampton









We are so excited this new addition to our facial aesthetics treatments! FELC uses the fourth state of matter: Plasma. Using a plasma beam, excess skin tissue is removed without damage to the underlying skin. As you can see from the before and after photos above, the results are truly amazing!


  • Blepharoplasty (saggy/hooded eyelid skin lift/ remodelling).
  • Removal of excess skin.
  • Acne treatment
  • Removal of fibromas, skin tags, and moles
  • Correction of scars from acne etc

Make an appointment to pop in and have a chat with Grethe about how our different facial aesthetic procedures can help you feel great in your own skin. Click here to make an appointment.