Frequently Asked Questions
We understand you may have some Invisalign questions and have provided answers to the most common we receive. Feel free to contact our friendly team if you have additional.
How long will the Invisalign treatment take?
The time taken to complete treatment depends on the complexity of your orthodontic needs, but the average is 12 to 18 months.
After a consultation with one of our specialist orthodontists, you will receive a full treatment outline. This will give you an approximate timeframe, including the time required for any general dental work in preparation for your Invisalign treatment.
Why see a specialist orthodontist rather than a general dentist for my Invisalign?
Specialist orthodontists have three to four years of additional education and training in the specific field of orthodontics, which qualifies them for registration with the Dental Board of Australia as a specialist. Seeing a specialist orthodontist means you receive specialist care by a highly trained expert.
How often do the aligners have to be worn?
Aligners should be worn all the time – day and night – with the exception of when you remove them to eat, brush and floss your teeth or if you remove them for special occasions.
I’ve had orthodontic treatment before and don’t like how my teeth look. Can I still have Invisalign?
Yes. Most people who have had orthodontic treatment and are not completely happy are eligible for Invisalign treatment. In many cases the treatment is shorter and cheaper.
How often must I see my orthodontist during Invisalign treatment?
You will need to visit your orthodontist every six to eight weeks for a progress review and to collect your next set of aligners. The cost of these appointments is included in your treatment plan.
Can I claim Invisalign treatment on my private health insurance?
If you have orthodontic cover as part of your health insurance policy, your Invisalign treatment may be covered. Several health funds will provide a rebate only when a specialist orthodontist carries out the treatment. We suggest you check with your health fund as policies differ from fund to fund.
Is Invisalign treatment painful?
Some people may experience minor discomfort at the beginning of each new stage of treatment, when a new aligner is inserted. Patients typically describe this as a feeling of pressure. It is normal and is actually a good sign as it indicates the aligner is working. The sensation typically goes away once you become accustomed to the aligner – usually within a few days.
What happens if I lose my aligners?
Replacement aligners can be purchased for $100 per set.
Will I still need retainers on completion of Invisalign treatment and is this an extra cost?
Yes, you will require retainers to keep your teeth in position; but no, there is no additional charge for these at Smile Solutions. We include this cost when we quote up front for all treatment, appointments and aligners.
Are there restrictions on what I can eat?
Not at all. Because you remove the aligners to eat, you can eat whatever you like. We do recommend you brush and floss your teeth after each meal before reinserting the aligners.
Will Invisalign affect my speech?
The vast majority of patients report no effect at all on their speech. However, as with traditional orthodontic appliances, having something new in your mouth brings an initial adjustment period.
What are the different types of Invisalign?
Invisalign Full is an average of 25 aligners and complete correction delivering the ultimate results.
Invisalign Lite is a maximum of 14 aligners delivering moderate change. Lite is best suited to simpler cases requiring limited tooth movement.
Invisalign i7 is only 7 aligners best suited to patients with a relapse after braces from a younger age or very mild movement requirements.
Invisalign Teen is the discreet way to straighten teenagers teeth with added benefits such as wear indicators to check usage and additional replacements included in case an aligner is lost.
To check wether you may be suitable for Invisalign, complete our quick questionnaire.
The best way to get all the information is to book a complimentary consultation. We will assess your suitability and which Invisalign is right for you. You will receive a comprehensive quote and treatment plan and you’ll even get to see a projection of what your smile will look like at the end.
Book your free consultation now by phoning 13 13 96.