Invisalign is a popular method of orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth and correct bite. As the name suggests, Invisalign Clear Aligners are “invisible” or barely seen – vastly different from traditional braces which are made from stainless steel. The aligners are made from clear, thin plastic and are custom designed to fit your teeth. They sit over the entire upper and/or lower set of teeth, gently pushing them into the proper straightness and alignment. Invisalign works gradually, with a new aligner being created every two weeks to continually shift the teeth a little more with each new appliance. Our team of staff and dentists in Kangaroo Flat (Bendigo) are with you every step of the way during this orthodontic process.
Clear aligners vs braces – Benefits of Invisalign include:
Practically invisible braces: Invisalign aligners are made of clear, thin plastic – leaving them virtually undetectable in day-to-day life. As a result, wearers experience less self-consciousness that may stem from orthodontic treatment.
Easy, pain free application: Each aligner simply slides on and off. There’s no need for glues and brackets or an extensive uncomfortable application process.
No eating restrictions: Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign does not require you to change your eating habits. Simply slip off the appliance while eating whatever foods you like, and put it back in place when you’re done.
Brushing teeth is easy: Tooth brushing and flossing is unaffected by the aligners. Simply slip off the appliance while brushing and flossing, and put it back in place when you’re done.
No food stuck in braces: Unlike traditional braces, no food gets stuck in Invisalign braces. There are no brackets, wires or surfaces that can hold pieces of food, and all eating is done with the appliance removed.
Easy cleaning: Invisalign Clear Aligners are easily and quickly cleaned each night. They can be cleaned through soaking or by gently rubbing with soap and water.
Less painful braces: While there is a possibility of some discomfort from Invisalign, pain is greatly reduced when compared with traditional braces. The risk of cuts and grazes on soft tissue is almost completely removed, as smooth plastic is aligning teeth as opposed to metal brackets and wires.
Invisalign is a great option for anyone considering teeth-straightening treatment with orthodontics. While clear aligners can suit most patients, not everyone qualifies for this treatment – some severe situations may call for straightening misaligned teeth with traditional orthodontic appliances. Our Bendigo dentists will suggest the best orthodontic treatment for each individual on a case by case basis.
What can Invisalign fix? Clear braces can correct a wide variety of issues including:
Can I have Invisalign? Things to consider:
Age plays a part. Whilst no one is too old to wear clear braces, age requirements apply for younger patients. Teenagers can be candidates for Invisalign as long as all of their permanent (adult) teeth are present.
Like traditional braces, wearing Invisalign clear aligners is a commitment – but in a different way. You will receive new aligners every two weeks, and these must be worn for at least 22 hours a day and be removed when eating. Losing a set of aligners may incur an additional cost.
Invisalign can assist you in keeping on top of your oral health. Removeable braces make brushing and flossing an easy task when compared with fixed brackets. This can help reduce the risk of small cavities starting in the hard to reach areas of your teeth.
Any tooth decay or gum disease will have to be managed prior to getting any orthodontic treatment – including Invisalign. Once these things are controlled, straightened teeth can greatly assist in lowering your risk of cavities and periodontitis.
Straightening teeth with Invisalign can reduce the time you spend in the dental chair. Traditional appliances can tend to require more time for appointments, whereas multiple sets of clear aligners can be taken home at a time for you to change over biweekly.
Orthodontic treatment with Invisalign can be a particularly good option for working professionals and teenagers whose day-today activities may be affected by visible braces. Wearers of clear teeth aligners experience less self-consciousness that may usually stem from orthodontic treatment.
Wanting to get Orthodontic treatment with Invisalign in Bendigo? The first step is to receive a professional consultation with our experienced and friendly dentists here at High Street Dental Kangaroo Flat. They will do a pain free examination that may include x-rays. This will help them determine the best orthodontic treatment for each individual on a case by case basis.
If clear aligners are a suitable option for you, the team at High Street Dental will begin work immediately to get you started on your teeth-straightening journey! We can also answer any questions you have about orthodontic treatment – including questions about Invisalign payment plans.
So, what are you waiting for? Give us a call today!