Orthodontics

All Smiles understands the importance of how straight teeth can improve a patients smile and confidence.

Orthodontists specialise in the design, application and control of corrective appliances, such as braces or dental aligners, to align teeth, lips and jaws to achieve facial balance and straight teeth.

Invisalign

As with traditional orthodontics, the aim of Invisalign is to correct orthodontic problems by aligning the teeth and jaw.

With the Invisalign system, gone are the metal braces attached to the teeth. The system works with clear trays that are removable. As the patient progresses through the program, the trays (called 'aligners') get tighter fitting, moving teeth into the required position to create a beautiful straight smile!

When might Invisalign be recommended by my Dentist?

    Invisalign may be an option if:

  • Teeth are overcrowded
  • There are gaps between teeth
  • There is an over bite, deep bite, open or cross bite

Benefits of Invisalign

Many adults avoid traditional orthodontics for aesthetic reasons. As an adult it can be embarrassing to have to wear metal braces - wearing Invisalign avoids this problem. The aligners are clear and barely noticeable when in the mouth.

If the patient has an occasion like a wedding or work function, the Invisalign aligners can be removed easily for the event - this is much more difficult to achieve with metal braces.

Invisalign aligners can be removed to eat and drink, and to brush and floss your teeth - reducing the traditional problem of having to be careful with what foods you consume, having food stuck in braces and the difficulty of cleaning teeth with braces on. Being able to brush and floss the teeth without the hindrance of braces, may also reduce the chance of tooth decay and gum disease.

Invisalign aligners are made of plastic, so the irritation and pain sometimes caused by metal braces will not occur.

Invisalign may involve a shorter time period than traditional braces, but this will depend on the individual patient.

What is the Invisalign process?

Invisalign Consultation with Dentist

Consult with the dentist to discuss what you would like to achieve with your smile. The Dentist will be able to advise if you are a suitable candidate for Invisalign. If you are, impressions of your teeth will be taken and sent off to Invisalign for processing.

Invisalign Treatment plan

The impressions on your teeth will be turned into a computerised 3D representation by Invisalign. Based on your Dentist's treatment plan, the Invisalign team will show how your teeth will change during the program and what final results you can expect.

Invisalign Aligners

Once your treatment plan has been agreed upon, the aligners are made by Invisalign. Aligners are generally worn for 2 weeks before you progress to the next stage. The number of aligners needed depends on the patient.

Treatment process begins

Invisalign aligners should be worn for around 20-22 hours per day - only removed to eat, drink or clean your teeth. Progress checks with your Dentist are usually required every 4-6 weeks. Depending on your smile, the program may take between 9 and 18 months to complete.

Cost of Invisalign

The cost of Invisalign can vary depending on the amount of work that is required, but is almost comparable to what you might pay for traditional orthodontic appliances. Once you have a consultation with the dentist they will be able to provide you with a cost for the treatment. If you have dental health insurance with orthodontic cover, Invisalign is generally covered. Speak with your health insurer for clarification

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