Invisalign Clear Braces

Invisalign clear braces are an alternative to fixed braces, and can be used to treat mild to complex teeth straightening issues. They are custom-made, to fit each individual, gently moving teeth into a desired position. Smooth and comfortable to wear they are made of a clear medical grade plastic and being removable makes it easier to clean your teeth.

Straightening your teeth could have a positive impact on your overall dental health. Invisalign clear braces are easily removed, so you can continue to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would to maintain good oral hygiene. Because straighter teeth are less susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease, investing in a straighter smile now may even minimise the need for costly dental work in the future.

Made to move

As the Invisalign clear braces discreetly does its work, your life can continue as normal. The aligners are trimmed to your exact gum line so you can comfortably wear them for the recommended 22 hours a day with little disruption, so even when you are not moving, your teeth will be.

Invisalign Clear Braces – The Process

1. The Consultation

Once we have confirmed you’re eligible for treatment, we will take photos, X-rays and digital scans, or a dental impression, of your teeth. These records will be used to create a ClinCheck® 3D treatment plan, just for you.

2. The Braces

After being custom-made, you’ll receive a series of clear braces to wear every day and change at home – on average every 1-2 weeks.

3. The Results

You’ll visit us at Mark Tangri Dental around every 6-8 weeks to monitor progress and receive new clear braces. After finishing your treatment plan, retainers will be required to maintain your new smile.

Invisalign Clear Braces – FAQs

  • What is Invisalign?

    Invisalign treatment is a virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth. Using advanced 3D computer-imaging technology, Invisalign shows you your complete treatment plan based on your dentists prescription, from the initial position of your teeth towards the final desired position. Then a series of clear brace/aligners are custom-made for your teeth to move them little by little.

    Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next in the series, gradually moving towards the projected final position. The treatment time depends on your specific needs and will be decided by your dentist.

  • How does Invisalign work?

    Invisalign aligners move teeth through a series of carefully controlled movements. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign treatment not only controls the amount of movement that each aligner delivers, but also the timing of the movement. So, at each stage, only certain teeth can move, following the Invisalign treatment plan for that particular stage. This results in an efficient force delivery system.

  • What are the benefits of Invisalign?

    Invisalign braces are nearly invisible and typically hardly anyone notices that you’re wearing them.

    Because Invisalign braces are removable, you can eat and drink what you want during treatment by simply removing them. You can also remove the braces to brush and floss as you normally would to maintain your normal oral hygiene routine.

    Unlike traditional fixed braces, there are no metal brackets or wires. This means that in most cases less time is spent with your dentist for adjustments.

    And finally, the Invisalign System allows you to view your virtual results and treatment plan before you begin treatment, so you can see how your teeth are expected to look when your treatment is complete.

  • What are the braces / aligners made of and what do they look like?

    The virtually invisible braces / aligners are made of strong medical grade thermoplastic material, uniquely developed for the Invisalign® System. The braces / aligners are custom-made for you and fit snugly over your teeth.

  • How long does the Invisalign treatment take?

    The time taken depends on the complexity of the treatment and is generally comparable to that of traditional braces. During your consultation, your your dentist can give you more detailed information.

  • Is the Invisalign treatment painful?

    Some people may experience temporary, minor discomfort for a few days when they insert a new brace / aligner at the beginning of each new stage of treatment. This is normal and is typically described as a feeling of pressure. It’s a sign that the braces / aligners are working and it usually goes away in a couple of days.

  • Once Invisalign treatment is complete is a retainer necessary?

    Wearing a retainer after any orthodontic treatment is an important step, because it keeps teeth stable in their new positions. If you want your teeth to remain in their ideal position, it’s best to wear a retainer as directed by your dentist. In many cases your last brace / aligner will be your temporary retainer, until your retention option is determined. Your dentist can advise you on longer term retention options.

  • Are there certain dental conditions that automatically exclude someone from being an eligible patient?

    No – only your dentist can determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment.

  • Are bridges a factor in Invisalign treatment?

    Because bridges firmly link two or more teeth together, they offer significant resistance to tooth movement. Your dentist will be able to work out whether bridges will be a factor in your treatment.

  • Are crowns an issue in Invisalign treatment?

    Crowns (tooth caps) are usually not an issue in Invisalign treatment. However, sometimes in Invisalign treatment small tooth-coloured composites called ‘attachments’ are bonded onto teeth to help achieve certain movements, and these are more difficult to bond on crowns than on teeth. In these cases, the location of the crowns needs to be carefully evaluated. Your dentist can provide further advice.

  • Can Invisalign treatment close gaps?

    Yes. Spaces between teeth are generally easy to close with Invisalign. Consult your dentist to find out whether Invisalign is suitable for you.

  • Are there restrictions on what I can eat while in treatment?

    No. Unlike traditional wires and brackets, with the Invisalign® System you can eat whatever you like while in treatment because you remove your braces / aligners to eat and drink. This also makes it simple to brush and floss your teeth after each meal to maintain good oral hygiene, before re-inserting your aligners.

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