15 Things You Should Definitely Know If Choosing Invisalign

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15 Things You Should Definitely Know If Choosing Invisalign

15 Things You Should Definitely Know If Choosing Invisalign

Invisalign is a versatile aligner system that provides an alternative to fixed brace treatment for most orthodontic scenarios.

15 things you should know:

• A good look: Invisalign aligners look nothing like regular braces and the aligners are practically invisible. Unless someone gets a bit too close, it is virtually impossible for anyone to know you are wearing an Invisalign aligner at all!

• You’ll be attached: Most people who undergo Invisalign will need to have small and discreet tooth-coloured adhesives called “attachments” placed on their teeth to assist the aligners to work. These attachments allow the aligners to perform more complex tooth movements that previously were only possible with fixed braces.

• Eating is not cheating: You can still eat all the foods that you normally like to eat, since the aligners are always removed for eating and drinking only! After a good toothbrushing and rinse, the Invisalign aligners can be quickly popped back in to continue their good work.

• The three keys to success: Only remove your aligners for three reason: ) eating,  2.) drinking (plain water excepted) and 3.) cleaning your teeth and aligners. The more time the aligners stay out of your mouth, the less effective the treatment will be

• Less is more: Especially when it comes to taking out your aligners! Invisalign aligners need to be worn for a minimum of 22 hours per day and more if possible.  So, in essence, the less time the aligners are out, the more benefit you will gain from your Invisalign treatment. Each individual Invisalign aligner can be worn for a minimum of one week or a maximum of two weeks.

• The pain is real: Whilst pain is most certainly a pain, when straightening teeth, it is a reassuring sign that the desired movement is occurring. The pain will regress quickly usually within 3-4 days!

• No more tears: Whilst pain from the teeth is a normal part of the tooth straightening process with Invisalign aligners, mouth ulcers which commonly occur with fixed braces, rarely occur with Invisalign. Because of the highly polished and smooth surfaces of Invisalign aligners, they generally settle in very well and are much more comfortable to wear than fixed braces.

• The Floss: the great news is… you can still floss! You will be able to not only brush your teeth as normal with Invisalign but you will also be able to floss to your heart’s content (at least once a day!)  as the aligners can be removed for all routine oral hygiene procedures aswell as when you visit the hygienist for a professional clean. That way, there is no impediment to your oral health routine!

• Heard but not seen… Whilst aligners are highly aesthetic and are not easily seen, the ‘give-away’ in the early days is the (very) short-term lisp that temporarily affects your speech. Rest assured this only occurs at the very start and your linguistic skills will rapidly revert to normal as you adjust to wearing them. It’s worth bearing in mind however, if making presentations to colleagues at work or school (or even reciting  the complete works of Shakespeare!)  it would probably be best to plan ahead for when your aligners are fully settled and you feel confident speaking with them. Normally 3-4 days and all is settled.

• Price matters: Whilst orthodontic treatment with Invisalign aligners has historically been a more expensive treatment option, over recent years things have changed and at HelloOrtho we guarantee some of the most affordable Invisalign costs not only in Melbourne, if not Australia. Treatment costs start at $4500 for one arch and gradually increase based on the complexity of the case and the likely timelines involved.

• Chow down: You will be given Invisalign “aligner chewies” and encouraged to chew in the aligners into place for the first few days. These chewies will help to maximise the potential of each individual aligner

• Coffee break? You may become slightly more aware of your coffee and snack intake when using Invisalign especially when deciding if it’s worth removing your aligners multiple times per day.  It’s a personal decision but worth giving it some thought.

• IPR: Sounds fancy but it actually stands for Inter-proximal enamel reduction a commonly used technique for creating space to align crooked teeth. It involves a highly controlled mechanism of polishing between the contact points of the teeth in order to allow the teeth to align. IPR is only usually needed in cases of overcrowding and is often used during Invisalign treatment aswell as conventional fixed brace treatments.

• Don’t wish it away: Watching you teeth move in the early phase of Invisalign or any orthodontic treatment for that matter, is a bit like watching grass grow! Teeth can only move at their own safe pace so it may be at least 3 months before you can see any noticeable changes. Rest assured, most of the work is going on under the surface within the bone of the gums, where you can’t see.

• Keep it real: Once you have achieved your well-deserved beautiful smile, you  will still need to wear retainers once your Invisalign treatment is complete. Rest assured, retainers look exactly the same as Invislaign aligners, but with no attachments. Retention is an integral part of your Invisalign.

Invisalign FAQ’s

 

Question: Which is better Invisalign or Braces?

Answer: Both Invisalign aligner  treatment and fixed braces will achieve an excellent orthodontic outcome. To say one is better than the other would not necessarily be true or fair, however, the question is which one is right for you? In terms of comfort, Invisalign is obviously better however it s always best to speak to your Specialist Orthodontist to discuss which option might be more suited to your individual needs.

Question: How often (to) wear Invisalign?

Answer: Invisalign aligners need to be worn for a minimum of 22 hours out of a 24 hour day, or more if it is possible. The aligners should only be removed for eating, drinking (apart from plain water) and for cleaning your teeth and your aligners. The average course of Invisalign treatment will last approximately one year. 

Question: Can Invisalign fix (an) overbite?

Answer: Yes, in many cases Invisalign can at the very least partly or often full correct and overbite in addition to straightening  your teeth.

Question: Can Invisalign fix (an) Underbite?

Answer: Yes, depending on the complexity of the underbite, Invisalign can work for such cases.

Question: How much will Invisalign cost?

Answer: The cost of Invisalign depends on a few factors such as whether you want only one arch to be treated or both upper and lower arch treatment. Prices for a single arch with a relatively mild problem start at $4500 and the maximum you will pay for a complex upper and lower arch case will be $8500. Your Orthodontist will advise if you are a suitable candidate for Invisalign treatment.

Question: Is Invisalign painful?

Answer: It is virtually impossible to move teeth without causing some degree of discomfort. Invisalign aligners themselves do not hurt, however, the much-anticipated tooth movement that results can lead to a temporary yet tolerable level of pain. Most people do well with regular pain relief on a need-only basis. After the initial settling in phase, the pain and discomfort subsides and often disappears completely. Mouth ulcers which commonly occur with fixed braces, rarely occur with Invisalign and because of the highly polished and smooth surfaces of Invisalign aligners, they generally settle in very well and are generally very well tolerated by patients.

Question: Can Invisalign fix crooked teeth?

Answer: Yes. Invisalign can straighten both crooked/over-crowded teeth and spacing between the teeth. Speak to our friendly Specialist Orthodontist, Dr. Hagan, to assess your individual suitability for Invisalign treatment.

Question: Which is faster, Invisalign or braces?

Answer: It really depends on the case so it is hard to give an exact estimate of which treatment will end up finishing quicker. In most cases, treatment times for Invisalign and Fixed braces are about equal.

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