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Invisalign® is the most popular clear dental aligner brand in the world, and with good reason: it has created new smiles for more than eight million happy patients and counting.
Are you thinking about joining that crowd?
Here is what you need to know first.
Invisalign® aligners are clear, removable, plastic trays that are custom-fit to your teeth. They are designed to be just a little too snug on your teeth. That tightness puts pressure on your teeth which makes them move, similar to the way in which regular metal braces work.
Unlike regular braces, however, the aligner trays have no metal parts. They are made from BPA-free plastic and are practically invisible.
We can check your Invisalign® treatment progress remotely with Dental Monitoring!
Crowding happens when there is insufficient space for all of the teeth in your mouth. Crowded teeth are crooked and overlap each other.
Wide spaces between your teeth may make you feel self-conscious about your smile.
In an overbite, the upper front teeth completely cover the lower teeth when they close together.
If your upper and lower teeth do not meet when you close your mouth, then you may have an open bite.
Upper teeth normally close down over the outer edge of the opposing lower teeth. In a crossbite, the lower teeth close over the outside of the upper teeth.
Also called a reverse bite, underbite occurs when the lower jaw and front teeth protrude beyond the upper front teeth.
A protrusion is most obvious when upper front teeth prominently jut outwards beyond the lower front teeth.
Overjet refers to upper front teeth that protrude horizontally away from the lower front teeth. This results in an atypical horizontal distance between the upper and lower teeth.
These models are used to plan your treatment and design your trays. Once your trays are finished, we will show you how to put them in and take care of them.
It will take about two weeks for your teeth to move into alignment with your first tray. At this point, that tray will start to feel slightly looser. Then it is time to move onto the next aligner which will feel much tighter and help move your teeth even further.
You will wear multiple sets of Invisalign® aligners over the course of several months until your teeth are in a healthy and aesthetic alignment. It may take anywhere from three to eighteen months to complete your treatment, but you may see a noticeable difference in your smile in just a few weeks.
We will ask you to come back in to see us once every two months to check on your progress and ensure that your aligners are working well for you.
It is important to wear your Invisalign® trays as instructed for 20 to 22 hours per day. You should only take them out when it is time to clean your teeth or eat a meal. Wearing the aligners consistently is the key to getting results.
This plan is ideal if your treatment is expected to last longer than a year. It includes an unlimited number of aligners so that you can have as many as it takes to get the results you want.
If you have only a few mild to moderate orthodontic issues, then Invisalign® Lite may be sufficient. This treatment takes about six to seven months.
If you are interested in Invisalign® for your children, then this is the option you will want to discuss with the orthodontist. Early orthodontic intervention with Invisalign® may help to reduce your child’s future orthodontic treatment needs.
The fastest of all Invisalign® treatments, Invisalign® Express is intended for only minor cosmetic alignment problems. It takes about three months to complete.
Which one of these plans is right for you? You can find out at a free consultation. The specialist orthodontist will assess your smile and recommend the orthodontic treatments that are best suited to your needs.
Invisalign® trays are easy to take out anytime you need to. Whether it is to eat a snack, floss your teeth or snap a close-up selfie, these convenient aligners come out with ease.
Some people can wear metal braces with confidence and even flaunt them as a fashion accessory. But if you feel that regular braces would not suit your appearance, then you might prefer the metal-free look of Invisalign®.
Invisalign® is an alternative to braces that affords you the chance to smile with confidence, free of any self-consciousness that may result from wearing visible metal braces.
Invisalign® trays are removable, so you can easily take them out to clean them, brush and floss your teeth as usual and then put the aligners back in.
Invisalign® aligners are made from a thin and flexible plastic which is gentle on your gums, lips and cheeks. Mealtimes are also easy with Invisalign® since you can take the trays out to eat as you normally do. There is no need to avoid certain foods while having Invisalign® treatment.
Invisalign® aligners do not have any wires or brackets that could suddenly break and necessitate an urgent trip to the orthodontist.
Invisalign® aligners allow you to carry out your daily activities and hobbies as usual including:
All photographs, impressions and records
A care pack with all the recommended hygiene essentials
A ClinCheck to show your tooth movement even before you start treatment
Retainer care for two years
Invisalign trays for your entire treatment
Regular 8-week review appointments
A fixed and removable retainer
At our Warana practice location, Dr Nguyen offers Dental Monitoring for Invisalign® treatment.
Dental Monitoring is a convenient and secure app that lets Dr Nguyen remotely check on the progress of your Invisalign® treatment. All you have to do is download the Dental Monitoring app and then upload the occasional photo of your smile. Dr Nguyen will be able to see your images on her dashboard, and she will send you feedback and recommendations on which set of aligners to wear next.
The Dental Monitoring app can save you time as you will not have to visit Dr Nguyen in person every time she needs to see how your Invisalign® aligners are working. This app is easy to use and we will show you how to install it and upload your photos. You can even send a secure message within the app to ask Dr Nguyen questions about your treatment!
Backed by 20+ years of research, only Invisalign® aligners use patented SmartTrack® material to straighten your teeth more predictably and comfortably.
Invisalign treatment has now helped over 6 million patients smile with confidence.
Got a special occasion coming up? No problem, just take your aligners out for the event and pop them back in when you're done! Emma talks over the hassle free nature of Invisalign clear aligners in her daily routine.
Invisalign® and braces work a bit differently, but they both aim to achieve the same goal of straightening your teeth. Braces consist of metal brackets that are cemented directly to your teeth and connected by wires and elastic bands. An orthodontist periodically tightens the wires to move your teeth with gentle pressure. Invisalign® aligners are a series of removable, metal-free, plastic trays with no wires or brackets. You will switch to a new set of aligners every two weeks to maintain steady pressure on your teeth.
Your Invisalign® treatment cost will depend on how complex your case is. The only way to get an estimate is to see us for an in-person consultation. Invisalign® costs the same as regular braces at our practice and we offer plenty of financing options to make your orthodontic treatment as affordable as possible.
No. You should take out your aligners before each snack and meal. Eating with your aligners can damage and stain them. Food residue that gets trapped against your teeth beneath the trays can increase your risk of tooth decay.
Yes. Wearing your aligners for the recommended 22 hours per day means that you will be asleep during some of that time. Your teeth may revert to their original positions if you do not consistently wear your aligners overnight. However, we understand that everyone may forget to wear their aligners overnight from time-to-time. If this happens to you often, just let us know so that we can see if you need any adjustments to your treatment plan.
All orthodontic procedures cause some degree of discomfort so it is normal to feel a dull ache from time-to-time with Invisalign®, especially whenever you put in a new aligner tray. Invisalign® does not have any sharp metal parts that can cut your mouth or gums.
That depends on the complexity of your case. Although one of our orthodontists will provide you with an estimate at the beginning of your Invisalign® treatment per your customised plan, we will have to wait and see how your teeth respond. Most Invisalign® cases take about a year while others may take up to a year and a half. If your teeth need only a minor adjustment, then you could see results within three months with the Invisalign® Express treatment plan.
Invisalign® will be our little secret. No one ever has to know that you are having orthodontic treatment since Invisalign® is practically invisible. People might only notice your aligners if you tell them to look closely. To be safe, you can simply remove your Invisalign® aligners for brief sessions when you do not want to risk anyone noticing your orthodontic appliances.
If you need braces but do not wish to wear traditional metal brackets and wires, then chances are good that Invisalign® is suitable for you. The only way to find out for sure is to schedule an appointment with an Invisalign® dentist in Maroochydore or Warana.
Fill out this form to schedule a free consultation with one of our orthodontists in Maroochydore or Warana to find out whether clear aligners or another type of orthodontic treatment is right for you.
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