Your invisible removable aligner treatment consists of a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners. Each aligner is manufactured so that it is personalized to your teeth. A virtual 3D treatment plan will be done to show the series of movements your teeth will go through over the course of the treatment.
Invisible Orthodontics – FAQ
- Are there restrictions on what I can eat while in treatment?
No. Unlike traditional wires and brackets, you can eat whatever you like while in treatment because you remove your aligners to eat and drink. Thus, there is no need to restrict consuming any of your favourite foods and snacks. Also, it is important that you brush and floss your teeth after each meal and prior to re-inserting your aligners to maintain proper hygiene.
- How often must the aligners be worn?
Aligners should be worn all the time during treatment, except when eating, brushing or flossing teeth.
- Will the aligners affect speech?
The vast majority of patients report no effect on speech. However, as with traditional orthodontic appliances, there is an initial adjustment period associated with having something new in the mouth.
- Can I smoke while wearing the aligners?
Smoking is discouraged while wearing aligners because it is possible for the aligners to become stained / discoloured.
- Can I chew gum while wearing aligners?
Chewing gum while wearing aligners is not advised as gum can stick to aligners. It is recommended that aligners be removed for all meals and snacks.
- What’s the best way to clean my aligners?
The best way to clean your aligners is by brushing and rinsing them in lukewarm water and using the Invisalign Cleaning Crystals or special cleaning tablets. It’s important that you brush your teeth after each meal and prior to re-inserting your aligners to maintain proper hygiene.
- Is the Invisible removable aligner treatment painful?
Some people may experience temporary, minor discomfort for a few days, at the beginning of each new stage of treatment when they insert a new aligner. This is normal and is typically described as a feeling of pressure. It is a sign that the aligners are working – moving your teeth gradually, helping you to achieve the final results. This discomfort typically goes away in a couple of days.
- How long does the Invisible removable aligner treatment take?
The duration of treatment depends on the complexity of the treatment and is generally equal to that of traditional braces. Typically treatment can last between 9 and 18 months, or longer. During your consultation, our dentists can provide you with more detailed information.
- How often must I see my dental practitioner once I have started treatment?
Appointment intervals are generally the same as with traditional braces but can be much quicker with less time spent in the dentist’s chair during appointments as no adjustments need to be made to wires/brackets. Patients typically visit their dental provider every 4 to 6 weeks to ensure the treatment is progressing as planned, and to receive their next few sets of Invisalign aligners, but your dentist or orthodontist will decide based on your treatment.
- How much does Invisible removable aligner cost?
As with other types of orthodontic treatment, the cost of Invisible removable aligner is dependent on the complexity of your case and your course of treatment – but the cost is generally comparable to traditional braces. Please feel free to ask our dentists if your have any enquiries.
Invisible Orthodontics Procedure
Step 1: Initial Consultation
During the initial consultation, our dentist will discuss the issues you have with your teeth and explore what kind of results you’re hoping to achieve. If the corresponding treatment is suitable for you, a treatment plan will be mapped out with your goals in mind. Our dentist will take impressions of your teeth and will send these to the laboratories for processing.
Step 2: Treatment Plan
The impressions of your teeth will be digitized in order for our dentist to review a computerized 3D image of your teeth. Our dentist will prescribe and review the precise tooth movements throughout the duration of your personal treatment plan. You’ll be able to see a virtual representation of your teeth before, during, and after the treatment, so you can see what your smile is expected to look like once you’ve finished the treatment.
Step 3: Bespoke Aligners
Once you and our dentist have agreed to the treatment plan, bespoke aligners are then custom-made for you and have to be worn for approximately two weeks before you switch to the next aligner in the series. While the number of aligners varies for each individual, a full treatment typically includes 18-36 aligners for both the upper and lower teeth, which will take approximately 9-18 months, or more, depending on your individual case.
Step 4: Treatment Process
Aligners should be worn day and night, except when eating, brushing or flossing teeth in order to complete your treatment in the timeline determined by you and our dentist. You’ll go in for checkups every 4-6 weeks to monitor your progress and to receive your next series of aligners. During the entire treatment process, you’ll notice small movements, and your teeth will gradually move into an even and healthy smile.
3D iTero Element® scanner
The 3D iTero Scanner is one of a new breed of technology that is revolutionising dentistry.
These types of advanced intra-oral scanners work by capturing thousands of pictures of the inside of your mouth, and then assembling them into an incredibly accurate 3D model of your mouth, teeth and gums.
This allows your dentist or orthodontist to fully assess and inspect every aspect of your condition, and accurately plan out the stages of your treatment.
Fewer redos and a better aligner fit than with goopy physical impressions.
No goop. No gagging.
3. Invisalign Outcome Simulator
See new smile before you even start.