“Invisalign is one of the most exciting new treatment modalities in dentistry. When choosing a suitable clinician for your Invisalign, there are two factors all our general dentists recommend, and I want you to consider.
Firstly, we at Smile Solutions prefer to have you treated by registered orthodontists who are Dental Board recognised specialists in the field of dental occlusion and alignment. Secondly, we recommend orthodontists, with vast experience in Invisalign as opposed to just conventional braces. At Smile Solutions, we have orthodontists with the highest recognition given by Invisalign Australia, namely Diamond Status, awarded only to Invisalign providers who carry out the most number of Invisalign cases each year. Now let’s hear from Dr David Austin about how Invisalign works.
Interviewer: I’m here with David, how are you?
Dr David Austin: I’m well thank you, and you?
Interviewer: Very well thank you. So tell me what is Invisalign and how does it work?
Dr David Austin: Invisalign is virtually the invisible way to straighten your teeth and improve your smile without braces. To prepare for treatment we take virtual impressions of your upper and lower teeth with the state of the art scanner called iTero. This technology replaces those uncomfortable and messy impressions of days gone by. The iTero handheld scanner allows us to capture accurate 3D images of your existing teeth and bite. We can then email these images straight to Invisalign International Headquarters where your clear aligners will be made. Invisalign treatment comprises a series of clear aligners that are individually made for your orthodontic requirements. Invisalign gradually moves your teeth into alignment by changing aligners every 2 to 3 weeks, until your teeth are in the correct position.
Interviewer: and is Invisalign suitable for anyone?
Dr David Austin: Yes, we successfully treat a wide range of problems, including crooked, crowded and spaced teeth. Sometimes even more complex cases such as over bites, under bites and cross bites can even be treated with Invisalign. In rare cases where is Invisalign is not suitable due to the complexity of the bite, patients can explore other options such internal lingual braces and clear braces.
Interviewer: so with Invisalign your teeth are being gradually moved, is it painful then?
Dr David Austin: When you change your aligners every 2 to 3 weeks, the aligners can initially feel a little bit tight, but it’s not terribly painful. When patients notice the feeling of pressure they know the treatment is working and the teeth are moving to the right position.
Interviewer: Can Invisalign treat more complex cases?
Dr David Austin: Yes, Invisalign is very suitable for both the treatment of complex and simple orthodontic problems.
Interviewer: It’s just such a wonderful option especially for adults, I guess?
Dr David Austin: Indeed. We frequently get patients who ask for Invisalign specifically as a first treatment option.
Interviewer: So it looks like there is actually nothing even on the teeth.
Dr David Austin: Yes, Invisalign is a very aesthetic treatment option and is very difficult to notice. The aligner is very easy to remove from the teeth by pulling from the back towards the front, and around to the back of the other side.
Interviewer: Do you wear them 24 hours a day?
Dr David Austin: Yes, Invisalign aligners should be worn for 24 hours a day and just removed for eating, drinking and cleaning.
Interviewer: and will my speech be affected?
Dr David Austin: Initially as with any orthodontic appliance, the speech may be effected in a minor way, however, after a day or so the speech returns to normal.
Interviewer: and how long overall will I have to wear them?
Dr David Austin: In general we would expect you to wear the aligners for approximately 12 to 16 months. Depending on the case and the complexity, the treatment time can actually be less than conventional fixed appliance braces.
Interviewer: Is Invisalign suitable for all ages?
Dr David Austin: Yes, we even have Invisalign specific for adolescents.”