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Invisalign FAQ

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a virtually invisible alternative to braces. A series of clear plastic aligners are used to gradually move the teeth into alignment. A virtual model of the teeth is created and used to plan the ideal final position of the teeth. A set of custom made clear aligners are then fabricated. The aligners are worn in sequence and changed weekly. They are almost invisible and most people won't notice that you're wearing them.

What's the difference between Invisalign and braces?

Invisalign are clear and removable. They are taken out to eat which means there are no limitations on what you are able to eat. They are removed for brushing which makes cleaning your teeth easy. Being removable means that compliance is in the hands of the patient and if the aligners aren't worn for at least 22 hours a day the results may be affected.

Does it hurt?

Invisalign may cause mild discomfort when a new aligner is worn. Taking a panadol will overcome this. The discomfort is less than traditional braces as the teeth are moved more gradually and the surface of the aligners is smooth.

Does Invisalign affect speech?

Some patients will find a temporary alteration in speech as they adjust to wearing Invisalign. Within a couple of weeks the body adapts and speech returns to normal.

Who can have Invisalign?

Invisalign can be used to treat the vast majority of patients and is suitable for kids, teens and adults. In very severe cases braces are best. If you would like to know if Invisalign is suitable for you, just ask us.

How much does Invisalign cost?

The cost varies depending on how much the teeth have to be moved. At our clinic having Invisalign treatment is about the same cost as braces. A payment plan is offered which splits the cost in to easy monthly payments. A discount is offered for up front payment in full.

When do I have to wear the aligners?

The aligners need to be worn at least 22 hours a day. They are removed to eat and to clean your teeth. If you have a special occasion aligners provide the flexibility to leave them out for the day.

Will my teeth stay straight after treatment?

Retention is important after treatment to keep the teeth in position. A fine wire is glued behind the front 6 upper and lower teeth. This wire is kept in place for life. In addition a plastic retainer is worn whilst sleeping for the first 1-2 years after treatment.

How long does treatment take?

Treatment time varies on how much the teeth need to be moved, how many hours per day the aligners are worn and individual variation in how easily teeth are able to be moved. Treatment times range from 3 months upwards. The average treatment takes 12 - 18 months.

Can it all be done here or do I need to go to Adelaide?

The entire process from start to finish can be complete in our Keith and Bordertown clinics.

Want to know more?

The first step is to come in for a consult. We will assess whether Invisalign will work for you and answer any questions you may have. Call us on 8755 1835 to book a consultation.

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