Let’s be honest… Invisalign aligners are not a perfect “no braces” alternative. However, aligners have some clear advantages over conventional braces. They are clear and aesthetic, they are healthier for the gums and teeth, they are removable, and they work better than braces for some bite and teeth alignment problems.
It is important to realise that there are also some disadvantages. This makes it extremely important for us to understand every patient’s expectations and treatment requirements, to be able to deliver the very best results.
There are many Invisalign products available which can affect the cost of the treatment, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. These include: the Comprehensive Package, Moderate Package, Lite Package, Express Package and Vivera Retainers (previously known as Invisalign Full, Invisalign Teen, Invisalign Lite, Invisalign 7).
Invisalign is a very accurate teeth straightening system that has been used in over 5 million patients world wide. It uses small clear and invisible trays to move teeth very gently and progressively into a desired position. The aligners are changed on average every 10-14 days. Some teeth may move faster than 7 days and some may take closer to 14 days to settle into an aligner. By moving through the sequential aligners, we are able to predictably move each of your teeth towards a goal – the end result is that if your orthodontist uses Invisalign, the results will be as good as if braces were used to provide that beautiful smile.
Although dentists can provide Invisalign treatment, a specialist orthodontist has had a tremendous amount of extra training, expertise and knowledge, allowing him/her to plan every tooth movement that is to occur with precision and predictability. This means getting you the smile that you deserve! A tremendous amount of time is spent planning Invisalign cases and every patients needs are considered, ensuring safe and predictable results for every patient, avoiding many risks and complications that can occur along the way… not to mention, the movement will happen in the fastest possible time.
Specialist Orthodontist = same costs + faster treatment + best results + less problems… a no brainer!
- Being treated by an EXPERT specialist – knowledgeable and experienced
- Safer treatment
- Fast treatment
- Predictable treatment
- Quality results
- You can eat anything and everything – when the aligners are taken out
- Minimising problems that can occur
- Knowing how to correct and fix things if they don’t “track” or go to plan
- Affordable treatment, you pay for the final result which is easily achieved by a specialist
The advantages of Invisalign are many and include:
- Invisible and highly aesthetic, making it suitable for children and adults wanting a non-braces alternative
- Very comfortable (more comfortable to wear than braces)
- Easy to clean your teeth
- Easy to eat with
- Cleaner and more hygienic for the teeth and gums
- Better for the gum health, especially for patients with a history of gum disease
- The Invisalign aligners are removable
- Works better than braces (for some bite and teeth alignment issues)
- Pre-planned, more accurate and controlled movement of teeth
- Readily and easily closes gaps
The very best thing about aligners can also be a disadvantage. They are removable and need to be worn a minimum of 16 hours per day for them to work. The Aligners are exceptionally accurate but also delicate, so lots of TLC needs to be provided for them. In summery:
- Aligners are removable
- They need to be worn a minimum of 16 hours per day
- They can be lost or damaged
- There is a special way to care for them
The average case is around the $8800 mark… However, this is a tricky question to answer as no two peoples teeth are identical. Also, there are many different types of Invisalign treatment: Invisalign Full; Invisalign Teen; Invisalign Lite; Invisalign i7; Invisalign Vivera retainers.
You can now appreciate that there is a huge range of costs for a patient, the cost can start at $500 dollars and extend for very difficult cases to an excess of $12,500 (a case that requires bite/jaw corrections and lengthy treatment). This is why it is really important to see a specialist orthodontist who is experienced in Invisalign, who will advise you if treatment with Invisalign is right for you and which Invisalign treatment would be the most appropriate option.
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Wear the aligners! Other than your orthodontist doing the behind the scenes treatment planning, designing, and customisation of your Invisalign aligners, the success of treatment comes down to you wearing the Invisalign aligners all day long –23 hours per day, a MINIMUM. Most of the treatment complications arise when patients do not wear their aligners consistently or for long enough, the treatment tends to takes longer and can be uncomfortable, when attempting to move erratically between aligners.
Try and follow instructions given carefully. The instructions will include wear time, using chewing tabs, wearing elastics, caring for your appliances, and being able to monitor the treatment progression. Our specialist orthodontists will ensure that they are there every step of the way. At any stage, if you have questions or queries, if you are worried about anything, pick up the phone and talk to us. If we cannot fix it over the phone, we will sort you out with an urgent appointment to come in for a check… often, the very same day!
It is through amazing advancements in computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing (CAD-CAM) technology that we are able to provide and use Invisalign to carry out, what we could only do with braces previously. The aligners are printed to high accuracy to match the desired position of the teeth. After using a few aligners, we can move any tooth or group of teeth, in any which way we need. Having said this, some movements are easier and some are harder with the aligners.
Never break, lose or throw out previous aligners. We require these often to step a tooth or group of teeth back, in order to be able to move forward, especially if teeth are not tracking with the movement predicted. Keep all the aligners until the very end.
Because of the predictive nature of the technology, we sometimes require refinements and adjustments to the aligners. For this to happen, you often need to take updated scans and photos along the way to communicate back to Invisalign, for a new set of aligners.