Want to straighten your teeth invisibly and gently? Think Invisalign!
The Invisalign system straightens your teeth by using a series of clear removable trays that are customised to your teeth. Unlike traditional braces where wires and metal brackets can interfere with flossing, brushing and eating – Invisalign trays can be easily removed so you can continue to clean your teeth as you would normally would. Since the aligners are virtually invisible, most people will not even notice you are wearing an Invisalign tray.
At Dentist Mandy, we will sit down with you to discuss if you are suitable for Invisalign and show you the predicted results from the proposed treatment plan. Once you’re happy with the plan, you will be given a set of Invisalign trays that are each precisely manufactured to gently and gradually move your teeth into the desired place.
Invisalign has been clinically proven to effectively treat a wide variety of orthodontic problems such as:
Apart from having a more confident smile, having straighter teeth will make it easier to brush and floss and therefore reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease in the long term.
At Dentist Mandy, we are offering a free Invisalign assessment where we will assess if Invisalign is suitable for you. For a free, no-obligation initial (30 min) Invisalign consult, feel free to call us on (02) 9300 099 or book online.
For patients who are undergoing Invisalign treatment, they will be using virtually invisible aligners. These aligners are made of thermoplastic material, which are similar to teeth-whitening trays, but have a more rigid structure. Each aligner is custom-made to move your teeth. Over time in treatment, you will be given a series of aligners. Each aligner will make slight adjustments to the tooth position. These adjustments have been computerised and formulated in advance by Dentist Mandy specifically for you. When these aligners are placed on your teeth, your teeth will be gradually shifted from their original position. After 6 weeks, you will be given another set of aligners, which will continue the straightening and alignment of your teeth.
The length of Invisalign treatment depends on the severity of your case, and this can only be determined with a consultation with Dentist Mandy. An average case for an adult takes approximately 12 months. However, the length of treatment for a teen patient varies, and it can only be determined by a dentist or orthodontist.
Prices start from $3000 and will vary because every individual case has differing levels of complexity and expectations. Factors include your treatment goals, the difficulty of your case, how long are you in treatment for, where you live and additional factors determined by your dentist or orthodontist. Your private health insurance plan also affects the cost. There are several types of Invisalign: Invisalign i7, Invisalign Lite and Invisalign Full/Teen. Once you have an orthodontic consultation with Dentist Mandy, a price will be quoted for you. This will also include the provision of retainers post-Invisalign treatment.
Unlike traditional braces where brackets are glued onto the tooth surface, Invisalign relies on the compliance of the patient to wear their aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day for the most effective and efficient result for their teeth. Because of this, Invisalign is suitable for treating mild to moderate cases.
Invisalign usually costs slightly more than traditional braces. However, depending on the complexity of treatment, it is comparable with traditional braces. Invisalign treatment at Dentist Mandy involves a number of aligners, forward computerised planning with treatment and the provision of retainers.
Invisalign usually takes longer than traditional braces. This is due to the nature of slight adjustments in each new aligner given to you every 6 weeks. The frequency of your dental visits to receive your new aligners and your compliance to wear your aligners 20 to 22 hours a day also affect the length of treatment. However, Invisalign is virtually invisible, hence patient acceptance with the length of treatment is higher, whereas traditional braces are highly visible.
Patients usually experience temporary, minor discomfort when they wear their new set of aligners. However, this discomfort is short-term and is usually described as a pressure. This indicates slight alteration to the position of the teeth. The slight adjustments mean that Invisalign treatment is much less painful compared to traditional braces.
However, if you do experience mouth soreness and headaches from the pressure and discomfort, take ibuprofen or paracetamol to relieve your symptoms.
Invisalign aligners can be removed for normal brushing and flossing. This allows ease in maintaining good oral hygiene throughout the course of treatment.
To floss, wrap 30-cm of floss around your index fingers until there is around 5-cm in between. Lodge the string in between two teeth, and in a C-shape, move the floss in a push-pull motion gently until all plaque is removed. Repeat this for the other tooth, and then floss all teeth.
Use a soft or extra soft bristled toothbrush. With toothpaste, tilt the brush at a 45-degree angle against the gumline and sweep or roll the brush away from the gumline. Brush in circular motions and slowly sweep the toothbrush cleaning one to two teeth at a time for at least 10 circles, repeating for all surfaces of your teeth. Gently brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of each tooth using short back and forth strokes. Then gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath.