Invisalign is a virtually undetectable, easy-to-use, removable, comfortable and hygienic system used to improve your smile. Invisalign can treat alignment problems such as crowding or excess spacing of the teeth as well as more complex cases such as overbites, underbites and even crossbites.
Invisalign uses a series of clear, plastic removable appliances (‘aligners’) that gently move teeth to their desired final positions. Invisalign significantly reduces hygienic and aesthetic limitations associated with braces. This is because you can remove your aligners to clean your teeth, which means your teeth will be less likely to stain and get decay with Invisalign.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign works much like traditional braces. The constant pressure from your aligners will gradually align your teeth without the need for metal brackets and wires. Approximately every two weeks you will swap to a new set of aligners – gradually getting straighter and straighter teeth.
In order to get started your dentist will take a digital scan of your teeth. These scans will be sent to Invisalign headquarters where Invisalign uses cutting-edge three dimensional computer graphics as part of their patented software which manufactures individual Invisalign aligners for each patient. Patients wear each set of aligners for approximately two weeks before moving on to the next set in the series.
How long does Invisalign take?
Treatment duration varies from patient to patient, however, is typically between 6-14 months.
The length of time Invisalign takes will also depend on how dedicated you are to treatment. Compliance is the second most important factor in the success of your Invisalign treatment – other than receiving the Invisalign aligners in the first place.
Should I choose Invisalign or braces?
Many adults choose Invisalign because it is removable and clear. This makes it a great choice if you don’t want the appearance of braces impacting your appearance at work or in your social life. Invisalign can be removed for those important meetings and dates so that you don’t have to feel self-conscious about your smile while receiving treatment.
Does Invisalign work for all problems?
No Invisalign doesn’t work for everything – in some cases braces are your better or only choice. If you need a tooth pulled down then it is likely that you will need traditional braces as Invisalign doesn’t have the wires that make pulling down a tooth possible. Some people choose to combine traditional orthodontics and Invisalign when braces are needed in the initial phase of treatment.
Your dentist will provide an official recommendation based on your individual needs during a consultation at The Dental Practice in Burwood.
How much does Invisalign cost?
Invisalign will cost roughly the same as traditional braces. Your dentist will be able to give you a price recommendation based on your initial assessment at your first appointment.