We use Invisalign Australia to provide "aligners" (near invisible braces) to the general public. The aligners are similar to the moulds used in teeth whitening, except they are designed to provide pressure on the teeth that need straightening. Invisalign is appropriate for many people, but often cannot be used in situations where a person's teeth are severely crowned or unaligned.

Translucent Invisalign aligner to be placed over teeth
Invisalign aligner
By Smikey Io (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

The process for getting aligners normally involves:

  1. A consultation with one of our dentists to determine appropriateness
  2. Teeth (bite) impressions are taken and analysed to determine the cost of treatment and expected duration
  3. Final teeth impressions are made and a computer model showing the course of treatment is generated
  4. Regular appoitnments from the start to the finish of treatment, normally over 10-18 months, to ensure progress

The video below shows an animation of the invisalign process.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of Invisalign?

Invisalign retainers are "invisible" or not easily noticed, unlike braces, which are generally quite obvious. Invisalign is popular amongst adults who want to have their teeth cosmetically straigtened but do not want to draw attention to this during treatment. Additionally, braces have can break in places, requiring dentist or orthodontist repair time, whilst aligners rarely have complications. Invisalign, however, is not suitable in rare cases where teeth are too crowded, there are underlying jaw problems or there are teeth alignment issues. Your dentist will advise you of this after your initial consultation.

Should I get Invisalign?

The first step is to have a consultation with one of our dentists. They will be able to offer you choices with how to align any of your teeth which are not straight. Call us on (08) 9881 5573 or contact us via other methods to start the process.

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