Invisalign is a multi-award-winning alternative to braces that will give you the straight teeth you have always been dreaming of. Invisalign is effective, non-invasive, and practically invisible thanks to the clear aligners.
Invisalign’s invisible teeth straightening technology was first launched back in 1999. It consists of a series of plastic aligners that gradually and gently move the teeth into the desired position. Your Invisalign trained doctor at Glow Dental will take a 3-D image of your teeth and then work with you to create a treatment plan. This will involve a series of custom-made aligners, each of which is worn for two weeks before you switch to the next as the treatment progresses.
These invisible braces can be used by patients of all ages. So if you have always regretted the fact that you didn’t get that orthodontic treatment as a teenager and have gone through life feeling self-conscious about your smile, it is not too late to do something about it!
What Can Invisalign Do for You?
Having crooked or gapped teeth can be truly debilitating. It goes beyond a feeling of self-consciousness about smiling. In many cases, you feel reluctant to even have others look you in the face. This can have a hugely damaging effect on both your personal and professional life, affecting both your self-confidence and the way others perceive you.
However, the potential consequences of misaligned, gapped, or overcrowded teeth are not just cosmetic. They can also be hard to thoroughly clean, leading to dental health problems that include tooth decay and gum disease.
Why Use Invisalign?
Invisalign takes a 21st-century approach to teeth straightening. The stage by stage process of using a series of aligners means your teeth are repositioned in a carefully timed way for maximum effectiveness and minimum discomfort. This level of control is impossible to achieve with conventional metal braces.
But that is just one advantage of using Invisalign aligners. Conventional braces can be highly uncomfortable and are prone to causing irritation and chafing inside the mouth. When using transparent Invisalign dental braces, you may feel some pressure with each change of aligners, but this is often less discomfort and pain when compared to traditional metal braces.
Invisalign is also less disruptive to your day to day life. You can remove the aligners to eat or brush your teeth, so you are not constrained in terms of eating your usual diet and maintaining your regular oral health routine. The fact that you can pop the aligners in and out yourself also means fewer routine visits to your dentist during treatment. With traditional braces, will usually need to see you every three to four weeks.
But most people believe the biggest advantage of all to Invisalign is that the treatment is so discreet. By using clear braces very few people will notice that you are undergoing treatment – until, that is, they suddenly notice something different about your smile!
Types of Invisalign Available
There are four types of Invisalign treatment available:
Invisalign comprehensive represents the most popular treatment. It includes as many aligners as your Invisalign trained doctor deems necessary and is effective for even the most complex treatments.
Invisalign moderate is a variation aimed at minor to moderate cases, involving a limited number of aligners. Given that there is only a small cost difference, most patients prefer the Full option and the associated flexibility of as many aligners as necessary.
Invisalign lite is a short course of treatment that provides a set of 14 aligners. It is suitable for minor cases but has limitations.
Invisalign express is a new treatment programme, suitable for patients who only have minor orthodontic needs such as a single crooked tooth.
The cost of Invisalign treatment varies on a case by case basis. Your dentist will be able to tell you more about this when you come in to see us for your initial consultation, as well as offering advice on which of the above treatment types is most appropriate for your circumstances. We have a common question and answer section below that our patients often find useful.
Common Questions For Invisalign Braces
We aim to find the most suitable aligner for your teeth and at the most efficient cost, given the requirements of your treatment and the number of aligners needed. Our certified Invisalign dentist will confirm the overall costs involved during your consultation, at an approximation anywhere between $5,000 to $11,000.
In the first few weeks of wearing aligners, you may experience a minor lisp, which is very commonly seen in other types of orthodontic treatments. However, your tongue will eventually adapt to the aligners in your mouth and the lisping will recede.
The aligners must remain in place for 22 hours a day and only when the user is eating, is it recommended to remove them. The duration of the treatment will vary for each patient, some cases will be as short as 3 months others can last 2 and half years. The length of time will depend on the severity of each of the cases, but on average the time will be approximately 18 months.
The beauty of using Invisalign is that you can eat whatever you want and at any time you wish. You will need to ensure that you brush after eating and wear the aligners as soon as possible so you reach the required target of 22 hours of use every day.
You may experience some minor aching pain in the first few days of using the aligners, but that will pass, and you will not notice having them on. The pain is completely normal and will be an indication that the aligners are doing their job, which is realigning your teeth. This is far better when compared to using traditional braces that use wires and metal brackets which can cause ulcers and sore spots.
On average your dentist will need to change your aligners During each visit, your dentist will check the progress the aligners have made to your teeth. Depending on the requirements of the treatment for each patient there may be 2 sets of aligners for minor cases, while there may be as many as 6 sets of aligners for more intense cases. Patients need to take them home and wear each set for 2 weeks before they move to the next set. It is patients who will be replacing aligners at 2 weeks interval, not the dentist.
Yes, you will be seeing your dentist every 6-8 weeks interval to make sure everything is tracking and going to the right direction. You will still need to see your dentist for regular check-ups and cleans to make sure your gums and teeth are healthy (orthodontic treatments and any type of braces are contraindicated in the presence of dental decay/gum disease).
As with any long-term treatment, it will be several weeks to start noticing measurable changes in the appearance of your teeth but expect to see reasonable changes within the first 6-10-week period.
We recommend that you should wait until your baby teeth have exfoliated (normally around ages 12-13) before commencing the use of teeth alignment. There is no upper limit, anyone can do Invisalign if straight teeth were in their bucket list. Provided there is no gum disease or dental decay, anyone is ready to go.
We would require an initial down payment of 30% of the total cost and then set-up a monthly payment for the duration of the treatment. In most cases this works out to be around $200 to $300 per month.
We would advise that you check with your insurance provider to discuss if this treatment is covered.
No, our Invisalign aligners are the same for both teenagers and adults.