Invisalign treatment consists of a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that you change every two weeks for the next set of aligners.
Each aligner is individually manufactured for your teeth, and your teeth only. As you replace each aligner, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week – until they have straightened to the final position prescribed by you after discussing and deciding with your dentist.
A virtual treatment plan shows the series of movements your teeth will go through over the course of the treatment. This allows you to see upfront what your teeth are expected to look like at the end of the treatment.
If you’re ready for a smile that transforms your appearance, Invisalign is your answer. Invisalign is the best way to transform your smile without interfering with your day-to-day life. Check out the benefits below/make an appointment today with one of our friendly dentist…..
Will it work for me?
A confident smile and increased self-esteem aren’t the only benefits of correcting your smile with Invisalign, your oral health can be positively enhanced as well. Learn more about several common issues below that an experienced Invisalign-trained dental practice can work with you to correct.
Overcrowded teeth occur when there is simply a lack of room within your jaw for all of your teeth to fit normally. When left untreated, overly crowded teeth can cause an increased chance of gum disease as your teeth are harder to clean and can prevent the normal function of teeth.
Widely spaced teeth occur when you have extra space within your jaw. This could be due to small sized teeth, abnormal growth of the jaw bones, genetics, missing teeth and/or tongue protrusion. When teeth are missing, this issue can also be caused by the other teeth shifting due to extra space. Spacing issues can lead to some periodontal diseases including gingivitis and periodontitis that, left untreated, can lead to tooth loss.
Crossbites occur when the upper and lower jaws are both misaligned. It usually causes one or more upper teeth to bite on the inside of the lower teeth, and can happen on both the front and/or the sides of the mouth. This issue can cause wear of the teeth, gum disease and bone loss.
Overbites occur when the upper teeth overlap significantly with the lower teeth. It’s typically caused by either genetics, bad oral habits, or over development of the bone that supports the teeth. This issue can lead to gum problems or irritation, and/or wear on the lower teeth and can cause painful jaw and joint problems.
Underbites occur when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth, usually caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw, or both. It can also be caused by missing upper teeth. This issue can prevent the normal function of front teeth or molars which can lead to tooth wear. It can also cause painful jaw and joint problems.
It is important that you visit our experienced Invisalign-trained dental practice to see how well Invisalign fits your specific needs. And of course, there are other considerations when making the decision to straighten your teeth. Think about how Invisalign can fit in your life by providing a virtually invisible option to getting the smile you want.
Invisalign for teenagers
The great benefit of Invisalign is that it provides an aesthetic, more flexible way to give teenagers the confidence of a great smile. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are comfortable, removable and nearly invisible, which means teenagers can carry on enjoying life without the restrictions, irritation and self-consciousness associated with the metal brackets and wires. As Invisalign aligners are removable, teenagers can continue brushing and flossing normally. This can lead to better overall dental health in the future.
What options are available to teenagers?
Invisalign has several treatment options available for teenagers, depending on the stage of teeth development. Some teenagers will be suitable for the same Invisalign treatment as adult patients. Younger teenagers, or those who haven’t got all of their adult teeth erupted can be treated with Invisalign Teen – a treatment designed specifically for teenagers. We can determine which treatment best suits your individual needs and the condition of your teeth.
Why Invisalign Teen?
Invisalign Teen has been developed with teenagers, parents and leading orthodontists who understand the active lifestyles and unique treatment needs of teenage patients. The Invisalign Teen aligners are made with the same Invisalign technology used for Invisalign aligners, moving teeth gradually without the need for metal or wires. Because teens (and their mouths) are constantly on the move, we’ve added a few special features:
- Blue compliance-indicators fade from blue to clear to help your dental practice, you, and your teenager to gauge wear time.
- Special features are now designed for canines, second premolars and second and third molar teeth.
- Six free individual replacement aligners are included in case any get lost or misplaced.
- To find out more about Invisalign for teenagers, please talk to your dental practice who’ll be able to suggest the best treatment option for you.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is the virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth and achieve the dazzling smile you’ve always dreamed of. Using advanced 3D computer-imaging technology, Invisalign depicts your complete treatment plan based on your dental practice’s prescription, from the initial position of your teeth to the final desired position. Then a series of clear aligners are custom-made for your teeth – and your teeth only – to move them little by little. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next in the series, until the final position of your teeth is achieved. Your Invisalign treatment time will be determined by your dentist or orthodontist, based on your specific needs.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
Invisalign aligners are practically invisible. No one may even notice that you’re wearing these virtually invisible ‘braces’, making Invisalign a seamless fit with your lifestyle and day-to-day interactions with others.
Invisalign aligners are removable. Unlike fixed metal braces, you have the flexibility to eat and drink what you want during treatment by simply removing the aligners. And you can also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would for fresh breath and to maintain good oral hygiene.
Invisalign aligners are comfortable. Unlike traditional fixed braces, there are no metal brackets or wires that could cause irritation to your mouth. This also means that in most cases less time is spent at your dentist for adjustments.
Finally, Invisalign allows you to view your virtual results and treatment plan before you even begin treatment, so you can see how your straight teeth are expected to look when your treatment is complete.
Is this a new way to straighten teeth?
Dentists and orthodontists have, in the past, successfully used removable appliances for years. But with the application of Align Technology’s 3D computer technology and mass-customisation, the Invisalign System can be used to treat almost anyone who wants straighter teeth. The unique Invisalign software allows patients to see their treatment from beginning to end even before the start of treatment.
How do I get started with Invisalign?
Just make an appointment with an Invisalign-trained dentist or orthodontist for an initial consultation. Find an experienced Invisalign practice in your area, today.
Can I go to any dental practice for treatment with Invisalign?
While Invisalign can be used with virtually any treatment philosophy, special training is needed. All orthodontists and dentists interested in treating patients with Invisalign must attend training to become qualified and proficient in the various requirements for treating patients before treatment submissions will be accepted from their office. More than 64,000 dentists and orthodontists worldwide are already trained to treat patients using Invisalign. Find an experienced Invisalign-trained dentist or orthodontist near you.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign aligners move teeth with an appropriate placement of controlled movement on the teeth. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign not only controls the amount of movement per aligner, but also the timing of the movement. So at each stage, only certain teeth are allowed to move, as determined by the orthodontic treatment plan for that particular stage. This results in an efficient force delivery system that moves teeth into the desired prescribed position.
What are aligners made of and what do they look like?
The virtually invisible aligners are made of strong, medical grade thermoplastic material, uniquely developed for the Invisalign treatment plan. The aligners are custom-made for you and fit snugly over your teeth. Some orthodontists have referred to them as ‘contact lenses for teeth’.
How old is the company?
Align Technology, Inc., the company that manufactures Invisalign, was founded in 1997.
How old is the 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. Align Technology has made this vision a reality. Using advanced computer technology, Align Technology produces Invisalign, a series of customised clear aligners. Each aligner is worn sequentially by the patient to produce extensive tooth movements in both upper and lower arches.
How many patients are being treated with Invisalign?
More than 1.5 million patients worldwide have been treated with Invisalign. The number of Invisalign smiles grows daily.
Does Invisalign have ISO certification?
ISO is an international organisation which promotes standardisation and grants Quality Certifications. Align is certified to the ISO 13485:2003 standard. This standard is granted to companies which comply with the regulatory requirements for medical equipment and devices.
Do Invisalign aligners contain Bisphenol-A (BPA)?
No. Invisalign aligners do not contain Bisphenol-A or phthalate plasticisers. Invisalign aligners are made of USP Class VI medical grade, high molecular weight, polyurethane resins. Tests have been conducted to determine the biocompatibility of these materials, and show that they are biocompatible and pass all applicable regulatory requirements and thresholds for human wear in the mouth. Of course, as with any medical device, you should consult with your dental practice about your aligner treatment and any applicable risks of use.
Where is Invisalign available?
At this time, Invisalign is marketed in many countries worldwide including the United States, Canada, Brazil, Japan, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain to name but a few. Invisalign Australia Pty Ltd also holds exclusive distribution rights for Invisalign in New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Taiwan, Korea and Malaysia.