Perfect your smile with discreet Invisalign teeth straightening
If you have crooked, gapped or crowded teeth and are seeking options for a straighter smile, Invisalign is a popular solution. Invisalign is an ideal alternative to metal braces because it’s effective, discreet and comfortable.
At Hawthorn Road Family Dental Invisalign teeth straightening forms a significant part of our practice. Patient’s suitability depends on factors like age, whether you have a treatable case, your commitment to wearing Invisalign and the cost.
What can be treated with Invisalign?
Invisalign is an innovative approach to straightening teeth and can be used in a range of cases from mild to complex. In many instances Invisalign can effectively correct:
- Overly crowded teeth
- Overbite / Underbite / Open bite / some Cross bites
While Invisalign is offered in many cases, there are some orthodontic needs that are unlikely treatable with aligners including:
- Dramatic overbite
- Large underbite
- Severe orthodontic issues
For more complex dental issues metal braces may be more efficient, or the only option. Ultimately it is up to your dentist to assess your teeth and determine whether Invisalign is a suitable option.
FAQ: Is Invisalign easier than metal braces for maintenance and hygiene?
Answer: Yes – because they are removable.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign looks similar to a mouthguard but is thinner and virtually invisible. After your dentist decides whether Invisalign is the best solution, they use photos, x-rays and scans to make a treatment plan for you.
The Invisalign aligners are custom made to match your teeth and are worn over the top and or bottom sets of teeth. You actually receive a series of aligners as they are replaced every few weeks. The removable aligners gradually help your teeth align to the desired position.
FAQ: Are Invisalign aligners painful to wear?
Answer: Invisalign are less painful than traditional braces, but still put pressure on your teeth which is necessary for them to realign.
Who is suitable for Invisalign?
There are several factors to consider when deciding whether Invisalign is an option. The patient’s age is relevant because from childhood to teenager years – our teeth are constantly changing as the jaw grows. In general, teens over the age of 13 and adults are the best candidates for the Invisalign treatment.
Another factor will be your commitment to wearing the aligners at least 20 hours a day, so you can achieve the best results and a timely outcome. While the burden on the patient is considerably less than traditional braces – which cannot be temporarily removed, there is still a lifestyle impact to consider.
FAQ – During treatment when can I take my Invisalign aligners out?
Answer – The aligners should only be removed when brushing, flossing, or eating.
How long does Invisalign take to work?
The total length of time you are required to wear Invisalign aligners differs for each individual. It depends on the severity of the correction and also on whether the aligners have been worn diligently.
While the average time is 12-24 months, for simple corrections it could be as quick as 6 months. For more complex cases like crowded teeth it could exceed 24 months. It largely comes down to how far the teeth need to move.
FAQ: After my Invisalign treatment finishes, is that the end?
Answer: Follow-up care is often recommended once your Invisalign treatment is complete, and you may be required to wear a retainer for a period.
What about the cost?
The cost will depend on the complexity and duration of your unique case. While Invisalign is not cheap, it’s best to think of it as a long-term investment where you are likely to save time, money and discomfort in the future.
In your initial consultation we will discuss with you the cost of Invisalign treatment from beginning to end. If you have private health insurance it’s possible part of your treatment will be covered. It’s important to check with your individual health fund – as policies vary.
FAQ: Is Invisalign a similar price to traditional braces?
Answer: Yes, sometimes slightly more.
Visit us for a consultation
At our dental clinic in Caulfield North, we offer expert teeth straightening advice and treatment. We enjoy seeing our patients smile after impressive results from Invisalign treatment.
For advice on whether you are suitable for Invisalign contact us today at our family friendly dental practice. Our helpful and professional staff are happy to assist with any questions and with booking your next appointment.