What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a virtually invisible orthodontic treatment. The clear aligner system allows you to get straighter teeth without braces.
Unlike traditional orthodontics, you can remove Invisalign aligners to eat the foods you love the most. You can also brush and floss your teeth as you normally would.
Invisalign treatment is discreet. This means, you won’t be able to see any wires or metal brackets as you would with braces.
What is the treatment process for Invisalign?
During your first appointment, your dentist will discuss your case and assess your suitability for treatment. You will also be able to ask questions you may have.
In the next step, your dentist will take digital impressions of your teeth using a 3D intra-oral scanner. This scan allows you to see a 3D visualisation of your smile after treatment.
In a few weeks you will receive a series of custom-made clear aligners. Each aligner is designed for a two- to three-week period before it is replaced with the next one.
Invisalign is designed to move your teeth incrementally. As you move through your treatment, each set of aligners will get you closer to your smile goal.
Every 6-8 weeks, you will need to come in for a dental visit to assess your progress. At these incremental appointments, you will be able to pick up your next set of aligners.
It is very important that you wear your aligner for 20-22 hours a day to achieve desired results. You should remove your aligner when you eat, brush your teeth and floss.
Is Invisalign the right solution for me?
Invisalign is suitable for most adults and teenage patients. However, not everyone is a suitable candidate for this orthodontic treatment.
There are a few reasons which may prevent you from receiving this treatment. For example, the state of your oral health or the cause for your crooked teeth could be a factor. Your dentist will be able to assess in your first consultation if Invisalign is the right solution for you.
Invisalign treatment has been designed to treat a variety of orthodontic issues. In general, Invisalign can help with dental issues such as overbites, underbites, crossbites, open bites, gaps between your teeth, crowding, and crooked teeth.
Invisalign may not be the right solution for complex or severe cases of all these situations mentioned above. It is also important to note results may vary between cases.
What is Invisalign Go?
Invisalign Go is a new clear aligner system that can straighten your teeth with less time and less cost. It is designed by the same company that created Invisalign.
Invisalign Go treatment can be completed in 3-6 months (compared to 2-3 years for Invisalign). The exact treatment time length will be determined by the degree of movement your teeth require.
Like traditional Invisalign, Invisalign Go uses clear, removable aligners to gently and gradually straighten your teeth. It can help treat crowding, spacing, overbites, crossbites, or help in preparation for a smile makeover. It is a great alternative to treat mild to moderate misalignment cases.
How much does Invisalign treatment cost?
The exact costs for your treatment depend on the complexity of your case and how long you will need the treatment. Depending on your case, treatment costs can vary between $5,000 and $7,500. After your initial consultation and scan, your dentist will be able to give you an accurate quote for your case.
Does my private health fund cover the cost for Invisalign?
Your health fund may cover some of the treatment costs depending on your policy provider and the type of dental extras cover. If orthodontics is part of your cover, you may be able to claim a part of the treatment cost.
Please ask our friendly receptionists for the treatment item numbers for Invisalign. Before treatment, it is also a good idea to check with your health fund to see if you are covered.
Invisalign at Coastal Dental Care
Currently, our practices at Banora Point, Mudgeeraba, Redland Bay and Tugun offer Invisalign treatment. Alternatively, Invisalign Go is also available at Runaway Bay, Tugun, Mudgeeraba, Cabarita, Robina Town and Mermaid Beach.
Please call our friendly team or book an appointment for a consultation online.