Invisalign® is a clear and hygienic alternative to traditional metal braces.
Invisalign consists of a series of nearly invisible removable aligners that you change every two weeks. Each aligner is individually designed for your teeth using 3D computer imaging technology. As you replace each aligner, your teeth will move gradually until they have straightened to the final position. Average treatment time is normally about 18 to 24 months.
Using unique software, you will be able to view a ClinCheck movie that shows the series of movements your teeth will go through during the course of treatment. This allows you to visualise the expected result before you even begin treatment.
Invisalign is removable, so you can eat and drink what you want during treatment. You can also brush and floss normally to maintain good oral hygiene.
Invisalign is suitable to treat a wide range of orthodontic issues, including crowding, spacing, crossbites and open bites.
Straighter teeth are healthier teeth
Research shows that three quarters of us think straight teeth are the key to a nice smile, and that a bright smile makes a person more attractive.
Less considered are the health benefits of straighter teeth. Teeth that are not properly lined in the mouth can lead to periodontal (gum) disease and premature wear of teeth that can worsen over time and even result in tooth loss. Periodontal disease may also contribute to risk for other systemic problems including atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (hardening of the arteries).
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What does Invisalign® treatment involve?
Before commencing Invisalign, it is important to have a thorough examination to detect and treat any active dental and periodontal disease that will compromise the fit of the aligners and final treatment outcome. If you have not had this done in the last 6 months, we can offer you this service.
The dentist will then take impressions of your teeth, which are used to design your treatment using 3D computer imaging technology.
Once planning is complete, you will have the opportunity to view the expected outcome from different angles and approve the plan.
Once approved, the entire sequence of aligners are manufactured in a computer aided process, and you will normally be issued with a sequence of three aligners every six weeks.
What about veneers?
Veneers can be used in conjunction with Invisalign to improve the shape of your teeth. In the case of chipped or irregular teeth, they can be used to finalise your treatment and smile after your teeth have been straightened with Invisalign.
While veneers may offer many advantages in combination with Invisalign in some cases, veneers as a standalone option to address a cosmetic issue can have distinct disadvantages.
With veneers, the entire front surface of the tooth enamel is permanently removed and replaced with a thin piece of specially-shaped porcelain or plastic bonded over the front of the teeth. This is an irreversible procedure as natural tooth enamel is removed to accommodate the veneer. When using veneers to fix crooked teeth, even more tooth enamel may need to be removed to bring teeth into alignment, weakening the teeth and reducing its strength and lifespan. If used in combination with Invisalign, the amount of enamel that needs to be removed is minimised.
Veneers are not a permanent solution. They can chip or break and have a life-expectancy of about 5 to 10 years. Since your tooth enamel has been now missing, most patients have no choice but to replace their veneers, incurring the same high costs every time they have to get a new set.Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, as veneers are a purely cosmetic procedure, they don't correct the position of your teeth or correct bite problems. Instead of straightening teeth as Invisalign does, a veneer simply covers up the imperfections. Invisalign offers a naturally beautiful, healthy way to straighten teeth.