The Invisalign® System is the nearly invisible way to straighten your teeth and improve your smile – without braces.
Invisalign® treatment works through a series of clear, comfortable and removable aligners. Each aligner is slightly different, moving your teeth gradually into the desired position. So if you want to show off your smile and not your braces, find out more about Invisalign® – the nearly invisible way to straighten your teeth.
How it works
Invisalign® straightens your teeth using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. They gradually and gently shift your teeth into place. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference to your daily life.
During the consultation, you and your doctor will discuss your case in detail to determine if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign. This will also be your opportunity to ask any questions about Invisalign, costs, dental/orthodontic insurance, or any other concerns.
A Customised treatment plan is created for you
Your doctor will take x-rays, pictures and impressions of your teeth. From these images your doctor will map out a precise treatment plan, including the exact movements of your teeth, and tell you the approximate length of treatment. Using the same technology your doctor will be able to show you a virtual representation of how your teeth will move with each stage of treatment. While every case is unique to each patient, treatment typically takes approximately a year for adults. For teens the length of treatments is comparable to that of braces.
Receive your custom aligners based on your personalized treatment plan
Based on your individual treatment plan, a series of custom-made, clear aligners is then created specifically for you. These aligners are made of a smooth, comfortable, BPA-free plastic that won’t irritate your cheeks and gums like traditional metal braces often do. Simply wear them throughout the day, and remove them when you eat or to brush and floss your teeth. As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth gently and gradually begin to shift into place. And because they’re virtually invisible, most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them.
Wear a new aligner every two weeks
Approximately every two weeks, you will begin wearing a new set of aligners, advancing you to the next stage of your treatment. To monitor your progress, you will also have occasional check ups with your doctor, usually only every six weeks or so. For best results and a timely outcome, you should wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, throughout your entire treatment. At every stage, you will be able to see how much closer you are to having the smile that reflects the real you.
Reveal your new smile & keep it looking great
Congratulations! This is the time when you celebrate. You have reached the end of treatment and you will be smiling more than ever.Once your treatment is complete, protect the beautiful new smile you have invested in. Ask your doctor if you will need retainers to keep your teeth in their new position.
What it costs
Invisalign braces cost much the same as normal braces, in a range from around $4,500 – $8,000. As with other medical treatments, only your doctor can determine the actual cost based on your specific needs and will work with you to customize your individual plan. In some cases, complex treatment needs may result in costs that exceed the range above. Many Health Funds plans cover some of the cost of treatment, you would need to verify with your own health cover. Payment finance can be arranged through Mac Credit. Ask at reception for information.