INVISALIGN

Invisalign

Lets you enjoy virtually invisible teeth straightening.

Invisalign consists of a series of nearly invisible removable aligners that you change every two weeks. Each aligner is individually designed for your teeth using 3D computer imaging technology. As you replace each aligner, your teeth will move gradually until they have straightened to the final position. Average treatment time is normally about 1 year.

Using unique software, you will be able to view a ClinCheck movie that shows the series of movements your teeth will go through during the course of treatment. This allows you to visualise the expected result before you even begin treatment.

Invisalign is removable, so you can eat and drink what you want during treatment. You can also brush and floss normally to maintain good oral hygiene.

Without metal wires or brackets, there is less irritation, and less adjustments and appointments involved than traditional braces.

Invisalign is suitable to treat a wide range of orthodontic issues, including crowding, spacing, crossbites and open bites. It is suitable for people of all ages, and special features are included to cater for teenagers.

 

What does Invisalign treatment involve?

Before commencing Invisalign, it is important to have a thorough examination to detect and treat any active dental and periodontal disease that will compromise the fit of the aligners and final treatment outcome. If you have not had this done in the last 6 months, we can offer you this service.

The dentist will then take impressions of your teeth, which are used to design your treatment using 3D computer imaging technology. Once planning is complete, you will have the opportunity to view the expected outcome from different angles and approve the plan. Once approved, the entire sequence of aligners are manufactured in a computer aided process, and you will normally be issued with a sequence of three aligners every six weeks.

 

Frequently asked questions

 

How much does Invisalign cost?
The cost and treatment of Invisalign is comparable to normal braces. It ranges from $6,000 to $8,000 depending on the complexity of treatment. Our fee includes a complimentary set of clear, removable retainers and a take-home whitening kit.

How are payments staged?
A 50% payment is required upon commencement of treatment, and the remainder is paid off during the course of treatment.

Does insurance cover Invisalign?
If your insurance policy has orthodontic coverage, Invisalign should be covered to the same extent as traditional braces. However, as benefits vary amongst policies, it is best to check with your insurance company.

How long does Invisalign treatment take?
The length of treatment is dependent on the severity of individual cases. Treatment may vary from anywhere between six months to two years, with an average treatment using 20-28 sets of aligners and taking around 10-14 months.

How often must I wear aligners for?
Aligners should be worn all the time during treatment, except when eating, brushing or flossing. This generally equates to a minimum of 22 hours a day.

Is Invisalign painful?
Most people experience temporary mild discomfort for a couple of days when changing aligners. This is typically described as a feeling of pressure. It is normal and a good sign that the aligners are moving the teeth sequentially to the desired position. The discomfort is less than what would be expected during treatment with braces.

Will I have to wear a retainer once Invisalign treatment is completed?
Yes, it is very important to wear retainers once Invisalign treatment is completed to keep the teeth stable and in their new position. Our fee includes a set of complimentary retainers.

How does Invisalign differ veneers?
Invisalign is preferable to veneers to straighten teeth. Unlike veneers, Invisalign doesn’t involve the removal of extensive tooth enamel. Invisalign can be a good adjunct prior to veneers to align teeth to minimise enamel removal and preserve the long term strength of the tooth.

How do I get started with Invisalign?
Call our office for a complimentary suitability assessment with one of our dentists.