Will Invisalign clear braces work for me?
Invisalign treatment can be effective for treating mild to moderate malocclusion, but it's not suitable for all types of orthodontic issues. It's important to have your individual situation assessed by an orthodontist before deciding if this treatment is right for you.
You may be a candidate for Invisalign treatment if you have:
- Crooked or protruding teeth
- Overbite, underbite or crossbite
- Wide spacing between your teeth
More complex orthodontic work may not be suitable for the Invisalign appliance. It may be necessary to discuss other options with your Invisalign dentist in these cases.
When you book a consultation with our specialist orthodontist in Northbridge, we'll let you know whether you're a candidate for Invisalign aligners or if you need another treatment such as metal, ceramic or lingual braces to improve your smile.
What does Invisalign treatment involve?
There are five steps to the Invisalign process. We'll explain exactly what the treatment involves during your consultation so you can decide if it's the right choice for you.
1. Invisalign consultation
If you or your child could benefit from Invisalign treatment, we'll give you a complete orthodontic examination to check whether you're a suitable candidate. This is your chance to ask any questions you have about Invisalign cost and other matters. We can also discuss alternative options such as tooth-coloured 'invisible' braces so you can make a fully informed decision.
2. Planning your new smile
Our Invisalign dentist will take a detailed 3D scan of your mouth to design your custom aligners, with no need for uncomfortable physical moulds. We'll then use Invisalign software to design your series of custom aligners. We can also show you a preview of what your new smile should look like at the end of the treatment.
3. Creating your aligners
When we've finalised the design of your Invisalign aligners, this digital design will be sent to a dental laboratory where the aligners will be custom made from SmartTrack® material, designed to feel comfortable and fit perfectly over your teeth. Every aligner is individually checked to make sure it meets high quality standards.
4. Fitting your aligners
When your clear aligners are ready, we'll check that they fit and feel comfortable in your mouth and provide you with your first few sets. Each set should be worn for one to two weeks, depending on your individual needs. We'll demonstrate how to wear and remove the aligners when eating and cleaning your teeth.
5. Regular visits
For the duration of your Invisalign treatment, we'll schedule regular appointments at our North Shore dental clinic. This gives us the chance to check that your treatment is progressing as it should, to provide you with your next sets of aligners and to offer any advice about wearing the aligners or maintaining good oral health.
How long does Invisalign treatment take?
Like any orthodontic treatment, the time it takes to complete the Invisalign process can vary according to the type of orthodontic issue you have and how much your teeth need to move. Generally, the treatment time is between 9–18 months, comparable to braces.
You may start to see noticeable results as early as a few weeks after treatment begins. Invisalign treatment has a greater chance of success if you wear your aligners as often as your dentist recommends – ideally 20 to 22 hours every day.
Is Invisalign treatment painful?
As Invisalign aligners put gentle pressure on the teeth, it's normal to feel minor discomfort when wearing the aligners for the first time. This is a sign that the treatment is working properly, and this discomfort should subside in a few days when your mouth gets used to it.
Invisalign treatment is not usually painful and has less chance of pain or discomfort than traditional braces, as there are no brackets or wires to irritate or injure the soft tissues in the mouth.
What's the cost of Invisalign treatment?
The cost of your treatment depends on how many sets of aligners you need, the complexity of your case and any other special requirements. Generally, the cost of Invisalign treatment is comparable to traditional braces.
When we prepare your personally tailored treatment plan, we'll give you a clear outline of Invisalign cost at our Sydney North Shore dental clinic so you know what to expect and can decide if it's the right choice for you.
Although orthodontic treatment is not usually covered by health insurance, we can offer finance options to help you spread the cost of your treatment across a longer period to make it more affordable.
Book an Invisalign consultation in Northbridge - We Cover all of Sydney North Shore
If you're interested in learning more about Invisalign treatment in Sydney's North Shore, or you want to discuss your other orthodontic options, make an appointment with our Invisalign dentists Dr Alan Riley or Dr Jeffrey Albert at Sailors Bay Dentistry.
Call us today on (02) 9958 0400 or contact us online. Sailors Bay Dentistry is located in Northbridge, close by Lane Cove and Cammeray and accessible from all suburbs in the North Shore.
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