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Invisalign®

Woman inserting invisible bracesWould you love to show off beautifully aligned teeth? You may have even had some type of orthodontic treatment back when you were a teenager, but your results didn’t last. Though you’d love to have a straighter smile again, you don’t want to have metal “train track” braces. At She’s Apples Dentistry, we’re pleased to offer Invisalign.

Virtually Invisible and Comfortable to Wear

Invisalign can shift your teeth into place using a series of clear aligners. As they’re thin and nearly invisible, nobody but you will know you’re wearing them. The aligners resemble a mouthguard for sport. You’ll wear them for about nine months, then start on the retention period and continue to use them for about another six months.

When you complete your treatment, you can continue to wear your aligners at night or have a metal arch wire applied behind your front teeth. This wire measure ensures that your teeth will remain in their new position.

Major Benefits of Invisalign Over Metal Braces

  • Because Invisalign braces are practically invisible, it’s likely that people won’t even notice that you’re wearing braces.
  • Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign aligners can be removed. You can take the aligners out to eat and drink whatever you want and then brush your teeth before putting them back in. On the other hand, you can’t remove metal braces and they can be very difficult to clean.
  • Invisalign doesn’t have any metal brackets or wires that are irritating to your mouth.
  • As Invisalign doesn’t require metal or wire adjustments, you don’t have to visit your dentist as often.

How We Create Your Aligners

To make your Invisalign aligners, we’ll utilise the most advanced technology. We’ll take photographs of your face and the inside of your mouth. Then, we’ll take X-rays to see how your jaws align. Finally, we’ll make moulds of your teeth. All of this information is sent to the Invisalign laboratory.

Once they’ve studied your case, they’ll send us a report that shows the progression of your teeth moving and your final result.

Your Periodic Checkups

We’ll see you about every six weeks to make sure that your teeth are beginning to shift into the proper place. At each of these consultations, you’ll take home another three pairs of aligners, changing them every two weeks.

Chew on This

We provide our Invisalign patients with something called Munchies®. This orthodontic enhancement device can help to push the aligners into place more firmly, permitting the teeth to move more quickly. The more you chew on them, the better the outcome. Simply chewing on Munchies for a half-hour while you’re watching TV can be highly helpful.

FAQ

How many hours a day do I need to wear the aligners?

Wear them 24 hours a day, removing them to eat hot meals and consume hot drinks. You can drink water with them in. We will give you a little box to put the aligners in while you’re eating. You also can sleep with the aligners in.

Can I eat whatever I’d like with Invisalign?

Yes, that’s one of the most significant benefits of Invisalign. With metal braces, you can’t eat certain foods as they can get trapped in the metal brackets. As you remove your aligners before eating, you can enjoy your favourite foods.

How long does Invisalign usually take?

You can expect it to take at least nine months to a year or more to get results. Your treatment time depends on the degree of crowding or spacing you have.

I’ve been told I have rotated teeth. Do they need to be turned before getting Invisalign?

If we have to rotate some of your teeth, then your treatment will take even longer. Some teeth need to be turned around (e.g., some premolars are 180 degrees rotated, so you need to move them a significant amount).

Is Invisalign painful?

Because Invisalign applies pressure to your teeth, you may experience some mild discomfort in the first few days of wearing each new set of aligners. We find that most of our patients feel that the temporary discomfort is worth having a straighter smile. It’s important to remember that the pressure you feel on your teeth is an indication that your teeth are gradually moving in accordance with your treatment plan. To alleviate any discomfort, we recommend taking over-the-counter pain medications during the first few days after wearing new aligners.

How much does Invisalign cost?

Because multiple factors determine the cost of Invisalign, including the length of treatment and the difficulty of your case, costs will vary from patient to patient. In general, the cost of Invisalign is similar to that of conventional braces. We will provide you with the cost of treatment before beginning, so you know what to expect.

How often must I see the dentist during Invisalign treatment?

You’ll likely visit us every 6 to 10 weeks during the course of your Invisalign treatment. During each appointment, your dentist will ensure your teeth are moving according to plan and that you are ready to receive the next set of Invisalign aligners. Since you won’t have braces or brackets, appointments are typically shorter than if you had metal braces.

If I have overcrowding, what age should I start Invisalign?

If you have an overcrowded mouth, it’s much better to start with Invisalign at a younger age than when you get older. It’s easier to move teeth and expand the jaw when you’re younger.

Will my gums feel sore while wearing Invisalign?

At first, you can have sore gums with new aligners (or painful teeth). You might notice that discomfort because your teeth are moving.

Do I have to wear a retainer when my treatment is over?

Yes, you will need to wear one for 16 hours a day for the rest of your life to avoid your teeth reverting to their former position. The retainer is an Invisalign aligner though we can provide you with a metal one for your front teeth.

HEALTH FUND INFORMATION

Often, health funds cover at least a portion of orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign Sydney CBD. Contact our team today to schedule your initial consultation with us!
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* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.


Invisalign Sydney CBD, Park Street NSW | (02) 9264 5333