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Invisalign Clear Aligners

The Discreet Route to a Straighter Smile

If you have misaligned or crooked teeth, it can have a huge impact on your self-esteem. And, when you’re feeling less than confident about your appearance, the thought of orthodontic treatment to fix the problem can be extremely daunting.

While traditional metal braces have come a long way in the last decade, they are not without their challenges:

  • They are clearly visible in your mouth
  • They restrict the types of food you can eat
  • They can cause discomfort

This is where Invisalign makes a difference, offering a discreet way to straighten teeth.With Invisalign teeth straightening, you can drastically improve your smile without impacting your life in the process.

Book a FREE Invisalign Assessment. We will examine your mouth, eliminate all risk factors and assess the correct course of treatment.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a revolutionary dental treatment that has changed the field of orthodontics. Invisalign teeth straightening involves wearing a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually shift the position of your teeth. Unlike traditional braces, there are no brackets and wires and none of the related restrictions. Invisalign clear aligners are made from flexible plastic, Invisalign’s patented SmartTrack material, that has been specifically designed to be comfortable whilst delivering the required pressure to make small yet precise movements.

Invented over 20 years ago, Invisalign was the first brand of clear aligner to hit the mainstream, and has now been used by millions of patients worldwide to transform their smiles. And, the company has continued to refine the solution with a huge investment in research and development to ensure the best-quality, most effective materials are combined with innovative technology and specialised techniques.

How Do Invisalign Clear Braces Work?

Instead of using brackets, wires and bands like traditional braces, Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners, similar to teeth whitening trays, to gradually move your teeth. However, unlike teeth whitening trays, each aligner is made specifically for you using 3D computer imaging technology.

With an end-to-end treatment plan, and an entire series of custom-made aligners, you can understand every step of your treatment as well as what your smile will look like when your teeth reach the final desired position.

Then, all you have to do is let them work their magic, while you carry on with your life.

Does Invisalign Work as Well as Traditional Braces?

In many cases, Invisalign clear braces can be used in place of traditional braces for a more comfortable, discreet, and convenient treatment.

If Invisalign is recommended for you, then the results are in your hands. If you wear your aligners as directed, there is no reason why Invisalign clear braces can’t work as well as traditional braces. And usually faster too.

TRADITIONAL BRACES
Invisalign
Treatment Time
Around 24 months
Around 6-18 months
Cost
From $2,000
Around 24 months
Maintenance
High. Brackets and wires must be brushed thoroughly twice a day and after meals.
Low. Trays can be cleaned by brushing and rinsing in lukewarm water.
Dental Visits
Monthly progress tracking and adjustments.
Treatment progress checks every 4-6 weeks.
Aftercare
A retainer is often required after treatment.
A retainer is often required after treatment.
Comfort
Wires and brackets may cause pain and sensitivity, and there may be additional discomfort from tooth movements after adjustments are made.
There may be some discomfort from tooth movements when aligner trays are changed.
Lifestyle
Eating sticky or hard foods is not recommended.
Aligners must be removed before eating or drinking anything other than water.
Other Pros
Less chance of user error as braces aren’t removable.
They are invisible and removable.
Other Cons
-Can cause discolouration
-Not suitable for contact sports
-Must remove before eating
-Discipline required to brush after eating
-Not suitable for children or people with
bridgework, bite issues with back teeth

Invisalign Vs Remote Aligner Treatments

While Invisalign was the first brand of clear aligner, it is no surprise that other companies have been hot on its heels. In fact, there are now around 27 different brands of clear aligners. The competitors seemingly offer similar treatments using similar products. However, while the aligners might look similar to the untrained eye, they don’t work in the same way and provide exactly the same benefits.

Both Invisalign and other remote treatment aligners aim to do the same thing, provide a comfortable and discreet alternative to traditional braces. However, while on a basic level they are similar, using a series of clear plastic trays to gently force tooth movements, they actually differ greatly:

Service

Invisalign is supervised in-person by an Invisalign dentist throughout, and aligners are custom-made based on digital scans. Remote aligner treatments are also custom-made with digital scans, the major difference is that after you receive your aligners in the post, the treatment is supervised remotely by a licensed dentist.

Scope

While most remote aligner treatments openly inform patients that they treat mild to moderate cases, they don’t fix all bite issues or severe alignments. Invisalign, on the other hand, works to not only straighten teeth but to correct an overbite, underbite and crossbite.

Materials

While both Invisalign and other remote aligner treatments use clear plastic aligners, they are not made from the same material. Invisalign’s team of engineers have vigorously tested more than 260 different materials. The result is an aligner that provides a more comfortable fit while applying just the right amount of force.

Value

Remote aligner treatments can be less expensive than Invisalign, as it involves no face-to-face interaction with a dentist. With Invisalign, all treatment is supervised by a dental professional from a dental clinic. So, while the cost might be higher, your customised treatment plan is monitored in-person rather than remotely.

Can You Speed Up Your Invisalign Treatment Time?

It all comes down to Invisalign’s new patented SmartTrack material. As well as being more comfortable and providing a superior fit compared to their previous aligner, it applies the exact amount of pressure required. And, most importantly, that pressure is constant over time. Other clear aligners may look the same on the surface, and they may feel the same initially, but does the material loosen after a few days? If that happens, the amount of pressure on the teeth reduces, meaning more time is needed to achieve the same outcome. With Invisalign clear aligners, force is applied consistently throughout. The result is that Invisalign aligners are often able to be changed weekly instead of fortnightly, making your Invisalign treatment faster.

Who Is Invisalign Right For?

Invisalign is suitable for teenagers and adults alike, offering a virtually invisible way of straightening teeth. What’s more, thanks to the advanced technology used by Invisalign, the treatment can fix everything from simple to complex teeth-straightening and bite issues.

Of course, the best way to understand how Invisalign teeth straightening could help improve your smile is to come in for a consultation at the practice. We can talk you through the entire process, including the commitment you’ll need to get the best results from the treatment.

Who Is Invisalign Right For?

The process of straightening your smile with Invisalign is simple, comfortable and, ultimately, highly successful. There are three main stages to the treatment process:

1. Your Consultation

The first step towards a straighter smile is an initial assessment with your Invisalign dentist. The dentist will evaluate your smile, take 3D scans and build a customised treatment plan. This gives you a chance to not only see a high-resolution interactive image of your teeth, but to get an accurate view of the intended outcome. Only once you are entirely happy will your custom aligners be created.

2. Your Treatment

The success of this part of the treatment is largely in your hands. You will receive a set of aligners and each one will need to be worn for 22 hours a day, with a new aligner used every one to two weeks as per your Invisalign dentist’s advice. As long as you keep up your part of the deal, your aligners will gradually shift your teeth into place. You’ll also visit your dentist every 4-6 weeks to make sure that everything is on track.

3. Your Future

Once you have your new smile firmly in place, you will need to keep on top of your oral health. This will likely mean wearing a retainer to help keep your teeth in place, usually only at night after a while. Then it’s simply a case of keeping up with your oral hygiene, visiting your dentist regularly, and smiling from ear to ear.

How Long Does Invisalign Take to Work?

When it comes to Invisalign teeth straightening, your treatment will be dependent on how much work is required. However, for the average adult, you will need to wear your aligners for around 6-15 months. Do bear in mind, however, that it depends on your individual circumstances. If you have severe misalignment or complex issues, your treatment time will likely be longer.

How Much Does Invisalign Cost?

Similarly to the length of your treatment, the cost of Invisalign is dependent on your circumstances. If you have a complex case that needs to be fixed, then it is going to cost you more. However, usually the cost of Invisalign treatment is comparable to that of braces. And, you don’t have to pay for the whole treatment upfront, whether through your health insurance or a monthly payment plan, there are many ways to manage the cost and get the smile you deserve.

Invisalign Payment Plans

We understand that the Invisalign cost can be a significant investment in your future, which is why we offer several flexible and affordable monthly payment plans:

  • Denticare – a 2-year interest-free plan, with a 20% deposit and a $39 set up fee
  • Mifund – a six-month interest-free payment plan, with interest added at 13.5% thereafter.
  • Mifund – a 36-month payment plan with a 9.49% interest rate.

And, don’t forget, if you’re a health fund member with major dental cover, you may be eligible to claim a rebate for your Invisalign treatment too.

Who Is Invisalign Right For?

As Invisalign is all about moving your teeth, it is normal for there to be some discomfort, especially for the first few days after using a new aligner. However, the discomfort, usually some sensitivity or feeling of pressure, is a sign that the treatment is doing its job. What’s more, the aligners are made of a highly-flexible SmartTrack material. As the aligners retain constant pressure, Invisalign is able to move your teeth with as little pressure as necessary, which makes them as comfortable as can be.

Why Choose Bexley Dental?

When it comes to Invisalign Sydney, not all dentists are created equal. While some may offer the Invisalign treatment, they haven’t necessarily attended the specialised training sessions and ongoing clinical training that is required for successful results.

Bexley Dental is a fully-certified provider of the Invisalign treatment, and we have been treating patients for many years. Having dealt with many different cases, we are expertly placed to not only resolve the cosmetics of your smile, but to ensure your bite is healthy and your oral health is on the right track for the future.

Why Choose Bexley Dental?

Dr John Farrington-Breeze

With a caring and cheerful nature, you’re sure to be put at ease with Invisalign Dentist Dr. Breeze. More than that, however, Dr Breeze has a Degree in Biological Sciences, a Bachelor of Dental Surgery, and a Postgraduate Certificate in General Dentistry. And, while he is passionate about all areas of general dentistry, he has a special interest in Invisalign.

Dr Joseph Kazzi

While he started his career at Bexley Dental as an Oral Health Therapist, Dr Kazzi is now a fully-qualified dentist who graduated with the highest honours no less. With many years of patient care under his belt and having completed orthodontic training with Invisalign Australia, your future smile will be in safe hands.

Why Choose Bexley Dental?

Invisalign is a clear aligner orthodontic system which moves your teeth gently and precisely. It works in a series of clear SmartTrack aligners (right), each one moving your teeth a little at a time before moving onto the next one.

At Bexley Dental we use the state-of-the-art iTero scanner to take a 3D scan of your teeth, which means no uncomfortable impressions! After this we digitally plan how and where to move your teeth, and the aligners are made by Invisalign and sent to us. You will get your first Invisalign aligner 3-4 weeks after the scan is taken.

It depends on how much your teeth need moving and how much your bite needs correcting. Usually it is within 6-15 months.

Unlike traditional braces, most people will not realise that you are straightening your teeth while wearing Invisalign as it is transparent.

Our Invisalign patients describe the sensation they feel as tightness when changing to each new aligner. Over the course of wearing each aligner this tightness disappears as the teeth move into their new position.

We will usually see you every 6 weeks to review the progress of your teeth movements.

Absolutely! Rinsing your aligners with cold water is recommended each time you remove them. You should get into the habit of gently clean your aligners twice a day using antibacterial soap, not toothpaste, which can be abrasive and may scratch your aligners making them more noticeable on your teeth. To keep the aligners in tip-top-condition, soak your Invisalign aligners in denture cleaner once a week.

Yes. Invisalign needs to be worn for a minimum of 22 hours a day in order to move the teeth in the planned direction (this is 2 hours less than braces!). The clear aligners are only removed to eat and drink anything that is coloured or containing sugar. Teeth should then be brushed and the aligners replaced immediately after.

Yes! When worn correctly, Invisalign will get your teeth in the exact same position that braces will, and usually just as quick.

No! Unlike braces you can eat what you like. Just remove the aligners, eat whatever you like, clean your teeth and put them back.

You may find that in the first week of starting your Invisalign treatment that you have a slight lisp. This quickly goes away as your tongue adjusts to having the aligners on your teeth.

Attachments (or buttons) are small, tooth coloured shapes, placed on certain teeth to allow Invisalign to move them effectively. A tooth that is tipped or rotated will usually need an attachment to bring it into the perfect position. After the Invisalign is finished, these attachments are removed.

You will need to go back to your previous set of aligners whilst we order a new set from Invisalign. The replacement aligners will incur a charge of $90 AUD

You will need to go back to your previous set of aligners whilst we order a new set from Invisalign. The replacement aligners will incur a charge of $90 AUD

No matter what is used to move teeth (braces or Invisalign), teeth need to be kept in their new position or else they will move back. A removable retainer is used to ensure all of your teeth are kept in their final position. This is a clear tray (similar to your Invisalign) that is worn at night. The removable retainer is included in your Invisalign fee. A fixed retainer is a wire fixed to the inside of your teeth and can be placed so that a removable retainer can be worn less frequently as time goes on (see photo below). This is a small extra fee at the end of your treatment if you wish to do so. Having at least one form of retainer for life is essential to keeping your teeth in their new position.
  • Pay up front: Receive a 5% discount off the total fee.
  • Pay as You Go: 35% deposit paid at your initial visit. The remaining balance is then divided into equal amounts to be paid at each review appointment.
  • Customised Payment plan. This can be with $0 deposit and as little as $47 per week with MiFund (interest applies).
The total fee for your Invisalign treatment will be $…………………. This includes your consultation, X-rays, photographs, design and manufacture of the Invisalign aligners, all appointments required, and removable retainers at the end of treatment. It also includes FREE tooth whitening that can be completed during or immediately after your teeth are straight.

Most Health Insurance companies cover a portion of Orthodontic treatment, dependent on your policy and level of cover. Once you receive your treatment plan, you can to contact your fund to enquire about your rebate.

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Book a FREE Invisalign Assessment

We will examine your mouth, eliminate all risk factors and assess the correct course of treatment.