Invisalign Clear Braces
People of any age can benefit from a straight smile. In addition to looking more uniform and attractive, properly aligned teeth are often healthier and function better. One of the objections we often hear from our adult patients is that they cannot imagine two years or more wearing brackets and wires, which is why we have introduced Invisalign clear braces at Clifton Hill Dental.
Invisalign clear braces from our Clifton Hill, VIC dental clinic fit well into the adult lifestyle because they provide a very discreet way of straightening the teeth. The clear plastic aligners that come with treatment are virtually invisible. Whether you are in the boardroom at a meeting or at a fancy social dress party, most people won’t even know you are wearing the aligners.
We welcome your call to our Clifton Hill, VIC dental clinic to learn more about Invisalign and to find out if they are right for you. Because we get many enquiries about Invisalign, we have put together the following information so you can find out more about this modern way to straighten teeth.
- What is Invisalign?
- Which problems can invisible braces correct?
- How does Invisalign treatment work?
- What are the benefits of Invisalign?
- How long does Invisalign treatment take?
- My teeth have relapsed since braces; can Invisalign help?
- Why is it important to straighten teeth with orthodontics?
- Are you ready for your dream smile?
What is Invisalign?
Rather than traditional brackets and wires, a series of clear, BPA-free plastic aligners, used in sequence, gradually move teeth. Ideal alignment supports a comfortable bite, reduced wear and proper spacing between teeth.
Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible. In some situations, small buttons on the teeth, called attachments, will assist the aligners to reposition teeth correctly and efficiently. Once you complete treatment, we will remove attachments from teeth, leaving behind no trace of them.
Dr Nick Malamas typically recommends Invisalign for compliant older teen and adult patients of our Clifton Hill, VIC dental clinic. Children often achieve better results with traditional orthodontics.
Which problems can invisible braces correct?
Invisible braces with clear aligners can correct several problems with your teeth, such as:
- Crowded or rotated teeth
- Gaps or spaces between teeth
Contact Clifton Hill Dental to determine if invisible braces in Clifton Hill, VIC are the right solution for you. It’s never too late to have a straight smile.
How does Invisalign treatment work?
After you arrange a time to come to our Clifton Hill, VIC dental clinic, we will conduct a full oral evaluation to determine the extent of the orthodontic conditions and to present all available treatment options—including Invisalign and traditional braces. At this exam, your dentist will describe what to expect with both services, including how long treatment will last and the cost of each alternative.
If you decide to proceed with Invisalign, we will take impressions to create moulds of teeth, along with digital dental x-rays and diagnostic photographs. We will then gather all of the necessary information to share with the Invisalign dental lab, which will create custom aligners trays just for you.
Because Invisalign aligners are removable, following instructions is essential to keep your progress on schedule.
- Wear aligners for at least 22 hours per day.
- Remove them to eat or drink hot liquids.
- Rinse them with cool water before placing them back in the mouth.
- Clean teeth thoroughly after eating.
- Clean aligners completely twice daily.
- Wear aligners for about two weeks before graduating to the next pair.
- Be sure to maintain regular dental check-ups and cleans.
- Contact our dental clinic if trays are damaged or lost.
- After treatment, be sure to wear the retainer as directed.
We will also arrange regular appointments to monitor the movement of the teeth and make any adjustments to the treatment plan.
Be sure to keep the aligners out of the hot sun, which can warp the custom trays, and out of the way of pets, who love to chew on them.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
In addition to their crystal-clear appearance, Invisalign offers a number of other benefits that our Clifton Hill, VIC dental patients appreciate.
- Smooth and comfortable
- Unrestricted diet
- Removable for special occasions
- Easier to clean teeth
- Shorter appointments
How long does Invisalign treatment take?
Treatment times vary from patient to patient, depending on the nature of the dental issues to be corrected. Shorter treatment times can also hinge on patient compliance; if the Invisalign clear plastic aligners are not worn for the recommended 22 hours per day, this will impact how long it takes you to reach your smile goals.
When you come to our Clifton Hill, VIC dental clinic to talk about Invisalign, Dr Malamas will work on a treatment programme based on your needs and your smile goals. At that time, you will have a better idea on how much time your treatment might take.
My teeth have relapsed since braces; can Invisalign help?
If you had traditional braces when you were younger but have experienced some degree of relapse after treatment, Invisalign at our Clifton Hill, VIC dental clinic could be an excellent option for you. We have used Invisalign treatment successfully on patients who, as an example, experienced relapse after not wearing their retainer as directed.
Teeth move and shift slightly all the time, and the purpose of a retainer is to help keep that from happening. Even after Invisalign treatment, you’ll be directed to wear a retainer. If you don’t, your teeth could eventually drift back into their misaligned position.
The good news for patients who might have already had metal wires and brackets once may not have to wear them again if it is determined that Invisalign clear braces is an effective treatment. We will review your case and advise you as to whether or not Invisalign is a good course of treatment. We can also give you an idea of how long treatment might take.
If your teeth have drifted back into a crooked position after having traditional braces, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Clifton Hill, VIC dental clinic to arrange an appointment with Dr Malamas.
Why is it important to straighten teeth with orthodontics?
In addition to feeling great about the way you look, straight teeth are essential to good oral health. Properly aligned teeth are healthier, easier to keep clean and function properly. Misalignment, or crooked teeth, can cause some notable oral health issues in both kids and adults.
- Difficulty speaking properly
- Discomfort when chewing
- Fewer restorative options
- Jaw pain and dysfunction
- Teeth grinding
- Periodontal disease
- Dental decay
Dr Malamas offers orthodontic solutions for both children and adults. Traditional braces work best for kids and complex cases and involve using brackets and an adjustable wire to gradually move teeth into proper alignment.
Invisalign offers a discreet alternative for adult patients wishing to straighten their teeth for aesthetic purposes or as part of a restorative treatment plan that may include fillings, bonding, crowns and veneers. Invisalign is often the first phase of a full smile makeover as it improves restorative results.
Treatment length and cost varies depending on your needs. We will be happy to discuss your options when you arrange an orthodontic consultation for yourself or your child at Clifton Hill Dental. You are never too old for a healthy, beautiful smile, and our dedicated team will help you achieve your goals for your smile.
Are you ready for your dream smile?
Invisalign can sometimes mean shorter treatment times for patients. To find out more about this innovative orthodontic treatment, contact our Clifton Hill dental clinic to arrange a consultation. We warmly welcome new patients and offer orthodontic dentistry for children, teens and adults. We proudly provide services to patients in Clifton Hill, Thornbury, Northcote, and surrounding areas.