Invisalign

Invisalign Sunnybank Hills

Achieve a straighter smile without the need for metal braces.

Have you been told you are too old to have your teeth straightened? Do you want your teeth straightened, but you don’t like the look of the unsightly metal braces when you talk and smile?

Invisalign may be the answer you’ve been looking for. Have a look at an example of a ClinCheck video that you get BEFORE starting your Invisalign treatment. This helps you visualise your final outcome and SAY YES to Invisalign before you even begin!

The history behind Invisalign

How old is this technology?

In 1945, Dr. H.D. Kesling envisioned that one-day modern technology would enable the use of a series of tooth positioners to produce the kinds of movements required for comprehensive orthodontic treatment. Technology has made this vision a reality. Using advanced computer technology, Align generates Invisalign®, a series of customised clear appliances, called “aligners.” Each aligner is worn sequentially by the patient to produce extensive tooth movements in both upper and lower arches.

How old is the company?

Align Technology, Inc., the company that manufactures Invisalign, was founded in 1997. Since then, Align has manufactured over 10,000,000 aligners and 480,000 patients have been in treatment.

Is this a new way to straighten teeth?

For years, orthodontists and dentists have used removable appliances for limited treatment. Today, with the application of computer technology and custom manufacturing, Invisalign treats a broader range of cases with greater precision.

You could say…It combines 21st century technology and revolutionary manufacturing to customise a treatment for each individual patient.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is the new way to straighten teeth without the hassles of having metal braces. Invisalign uses a series of custom made, clear, removable trays called aligners, changed intermittently for 9-18 months to gradually straighten teeth without metal or wires. These aligners are made of clear, strong medical grade plastic that is virtually invisible when worn.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign uses 3-D computer imaging technology to depict the complete treatment plan from the initial position to the final desired position from which a series of custom-made, clear “aligners” are produced.

Each “aligner” moves teeth incrementally and is worn for about two weeks, then replaced by the next in the series until the final position is achieved. Some Orthodontists however may ask you to keep them in for longer than the two-week period. This can be for a number of reasons, e.g.  A tooth isn’t moving as planned.

How does Invisalign effectively move teeth?

Like brackets and arch wires are to braces, Invisalign aligners move teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force on the teeth. The principal difference is that Invisalign not only controls forces, but also controls the timing of the force application. At each stage, only certain teeth are allowed to move, and these movements are determined by the orthodontic treatment plan for that particular stage. This results in an efficient force delivery system.

Does Invisalign hurt?

Invisalign is no different from traditional braces. There will be some discomfort, and sometimes the plastic trays can be slightly sharp in the beginning. It normally takes about 2-3 trays before the teeth and surrounding tissues get used to the trays. To summarise, if you have a low pain threshold, please be prepared for some pain/irritation for the first couple of days, for each new tray.

What about refinements?

Refinements are done at the end of the treatment if you’re teeth have not moved according to plan. It comes free with the full Invisalign treatment; however, if you have the quick Invisalign plan you don’t get these included.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

  • Invisalign is clear. You can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.
  • Invisalign is removable. Unlike braces, you can eat and drink what you want during treatment. You can also brush and floss normally to maintain good oral hygiene.
  • Invisalign is comfortable. There are no metal brackets or wires as with braces to cause mouth irritation, and no metal or wires means you spend less time in the doctor’s chair getting adjustments.
  • Invisalign allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan before you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.

Please browse through our FAQ’s {link to: /faq’s/} page for more information on our Invisalign treatment or contact us at Aperture Dental Practice on (07) 3188 9477.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. In both clinical research and in orthodontic and dental and dental practices around the world, Invisalign has been proven effective at straightening teeth. Over a million patients have either been treated or are in treatment and over 44,000 orthodontists and dentists have been trained on how to use Invisalign.

In most cases, Invisalign has proven to be as effective as straightening teeth as traditional braces. The level of Invisalign experience will determine how an orthodontist or dentist decides how to treat a patient, be it with Invisalign or traditional braces. Some severe cases may require treatment using Invisalign together with other teeth straightening techniques.

Yes, but in moderation. Be sure to clean the teeth thoroughly at the end of the night to avoid any wearing of the enamel.

While Invisalign can be used with virtually any treatment philosophy, specific training is needed. All orthodontists and dentists interested in treating patients with Invisalign must attend training before cases will be accepted from their office. Close to 30,000 orthodontists and dentists worldwide are certified to use Invisalign.

There are over a million patients being treated with Invisalign and the numbers are growing daily. Invisalign was launched in Australia in February 2002 and already have already over 500 Australian dentists and orthodontists are accredited to treat patients with Invisalign.

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