Invisalign Clear Braces
With Richmond Fine Dentistry and Invisalign, Melbourne has a dentist it can trust for professional and high quality Invisalign orthodontics.
We have introduced Invisalign to our practice and we’re really excited about the benefits for our patients. Invisalign is the technique of using a series of practically invisible plates to realign teeth, rather than braces.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is the modern and effective technique of using a series of clear plates to realign teeth rather than the traditional, permanently fixed metal braces. Invisalign starts straightening your smile soon after starting so results are seen and enjoyed early on. A great smile can improve your self-confidence and oral health.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign uses clear aligners created specifically for your own mouth to gradually and gently move your teeth into place. Every couple of weeks a new, specially modified aligner is worn, moving the teeth little by little until they have straightened into the prescribed position determined by your dentist.
Like traditional braces, Invisalign works by exerting consistent pressure on your teeth to move them slowly into place. Because the aligners change every few weeks, your dentist can target different areas over the time of your treatment.
Depending on your individual treatment plan, you may use as little as seven aligners, or as many as forty. Your dentist will use X-rays, pictures, and impressions to create a precise 3-D image of your teeth and to configure your aligner trays accordingly.
Invisalign aligners are made of strong, medical grade thermoplastic material, which is, importantly, BPA free.
How long does treatment take with Invisalign?
Obviously, everybody’s teeth are different, and so the time frame for treatment varies according to the corrections that need to take place. In your initial consultation, your dentist will tell you the likely length of treatment, and how many individual aligners you will need. Treatment can vary between 6 months and 2 years, with the average length of treatment being about a year. In some cases, your teeth may take longer than predicted to align fully. In these instances there may be some additional ‘refinement’ aligners. If needed, these do not cost extra but can add some time to the overall treatment.
Once treatment has concluded, as with most braces systems, a temporary retainer will need to be worn for some time after to stabilise teeth in their new positions. This will be custom made for you once your teeth are aligned.
Does Invisalign treatment hurt?
Invisalign is one of the most comfortable orthodontic options available. The aligners are smooth with no sharp or protruding edges, so they won’t graze or rub in your mouth. While there may be some discomfort with each new aligner, this will fade within a few days. This is simply the result of the pressure of the aligner moving your teeth.
Is Invisalign right for me?
While Invisalign can successfully straighten teeth in a broad range of cases, it is not suitable for every situation. Read more about choosing Invisalign, and come and see us for a comprehensive assessment.
How much will it cost?
As treatment plans vary widely between patients, the cost of Invisalign treatment also varies. Find out about the different types of treatment, and our payment options.
For more information, or to book an Invisalign assessment, contact Richmond Fine Dentistry. We’d be happy to help you learn more about Invisalign.
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