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More Information about Invisalign

What is the Invisalign system?

The Invisalign system is a virtually invisible and hygienic orthodontic treatment that uses an innovative approach to effectively straighten teeth. With our proprietary SmartForce Technology, the Invisalign system uses a series of custom-made removable aligners created for you and only you.

These aligners are made of a virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth to gradually move them to the ideal position. Most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them, allowing you to keep your lifestyle during treatment. At Clear Orthodontic Studio we aim to be your expert in aligner treatment.

How does the Invisalign treatment work?

Once you and Dr Ash agree that Invisalign treatment is right for you, he will further plan and design your custom aligners using the 3D software, refered to as ClinCheck. We will then supply and fit the aligners and either montior you through our remote monitoring app and/or through visits to the practice. 

How many patients have undergone Invisalign treatment?

More than 5.5 million patients worldwide have now started Invisalign treatment and the number of Invisalign smiles continue to grow.

What do Invisalign aligners look like?

Invisalign aligners look similar to clear retainers, teeth-whitening trays, or gum shields. A series of Invisalign aligners are custom-made for you and each aligner will contain the patient identification number (PID number) and the Invisalign logo.

Who makes Invisalign aligners?

Invisalign aligners are designed, manufactured and marketed by Align Technology, Inc. Align Technology was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in San Jose, California with offices worldwide and manufacturing operation unit in Juarez, Mexico. The Invisalign system is offered directly by Align Technology in more than 100 countries.

How old is Invisalign technology?

Invisalign clear aligner technology began as a vision in 1945 with their first treatment. In 1999, Align Technology pioneered the invisible orthodontic market with the introduction of the Invisalign system. By 2001, 1 million clear aligners had been manufactured.

By combining digital treatment planning, including 3D technology, and mass-customisation, Invisalign treatment transformed the orthodontic industry. In 2018 over 5.5 million patients have started Invisalign treatment.

What else does the manufacturer of Invisalign aligners make?

Align Technology, the makers of Invisalign aligners, is a global medical device company. They provide industry-leading innovative products such as Invisalign aligners, iTero intraoral scanners, and OrthoCAD digital services that help dental professionals achieve the clinical results they expect, as well as providing effective, leading-edge dental options to patients.

Advantages of Invisalign treatment

What are the advantages of Invisalign treatment?

Invisalign aligners are an effective way to straighten teeth. There are also several other specific advantages to Invisalign treatment:

  • Virtually invisible:
  • Invisalign aligners are the clear alternative to braces, giving you a virtually invisible treatment option that lets you keep your confidence, beautiful smile, and lifestyle even when you are in treatment.
  • More Comfortable:
    Invisalign aligners are comfortable, with no metal brackets to irritate your gums or the inside of your mouth.
  • Maintain oral hygiene:
    Invisalign aligners are removable, so it’s easier to clean your teeth and maintain your oral health during treatment.
  • Potentially fewer doctor visits:
    Invisalign treatment typically requires fewer doctor visits than some types of braces. Especially with our remote monitoring app technology. 
  • Visualise the progressive movement:
    Invisalign Treatment allows you to visualise each stage of the treatment process, from the beginning to the end.

Also, some patients may require additional steps like refinement, to complete the treatment.

What is teeth alignment?

Teeth alignment is the straightening and correction of misaligned or crooked teeth, which can be caused by gaps, crowding, overlapping teeth or tooth size discrepancy. Teeth alignment allows for healthier teeth and gums, easier cleaning, overall health benefits, as well as confidence from having a smile with straighter teeth.

What factors should I consider in choosing treatment?

Factors to consider in choosing the most appropriate treatment include:

  • Primary characteristics of the chosen treatment such as:
    • Effectiveness:
      How the chosen treatment will make your teeth look once treatment is over.
    • The doctor performing the treatment:
      Specifically, finding a doctor who is skilled and trained in your preferred treatment approach and with whom you’re comfortable with.
    • The cost of the treatment:
      Including the total cost of the treatment, and also the potential cost of consultations and retention, and the personal cost of having a visible treatment in terms of confidence and lifestyle effects.
  • Other factors to consider include:
    • Duration of treatment and frequency of doctor visits,
      including that of the initial treatment and any retention.
    • Comfort of treatment,
      including whether the device can irritate your gums or the inside of your mouth.
    • Convenience, including whether the device can be removed to help you maintain your oral health during treatment.
    • Need for extractions.

Invisalign vs. other treatment

What’s the difference between Invisalign aligners and other methods of correcting and aligning teeth?

Other methods of aligning teeth include traditional braces, ceramic braces, and lingual braces. In comparing these teeth alignment methods, it’s useful to consider aesthetics, efficiency, effect on oral hygiene, comfort during treatment, compliance and removal:

  Invisalign aligners Traditional braces Ceramic braces Lingual braces
Description The Invisalign system uses a series of clear, removable plastic trays (aligners) that fit over teeth. Aligners are custom-made and changed every 2 weeks to gradually move teeth into the desired position. Traditional braces are stainless steel brackets and wires that are attached to the outside of the teeth. Wires are adjusted throughout treatment to gradually move teeth into the desired position. Traditional ceramic braces are clear brackets that are attached to the outside of the teeth. Wires can be either tooth-coloured or metal. Wires are adjusted throughout treatment to gradually move teeth into the desired position. Lingual braces are metal brackets and wires that are bonded to the back of teeth. Wires are adjusted throughout treatment in order to gradually move teeth into the desired position.
Aesthetics Virtually invisible. Highly visible. Less visible than traditional braces but more visible than lingual braces and Invisalign aligners. Virtually invisible.
Efficiency Suitable for most cases from mild to moderate complexity. Treatment outcomes are dependent on the experience level of the practitioner. Suitable for nearly all cases. Suitable for most cases from mild to moderate complexity. However, it can be more difficult for doctors to manage lingual brace treatment as compared to traditional braces.
Oral Hygiene Invisalign aligners can be removed for normal brushing and flossing, making it easier to maintain a good level of oral hygiene throughout the course of treatment. Oral hygiene is harder to maintain with fixed braces when brushing and flossing. For these reasons, fixed appliance patients can find they have increased plaque accumulation and gingival inflammation during treatment. Because of their position on the back of teeth, it’s more difficult to brush and floss normally during treatment. This increases the chances of plaque retention and possible tooth decay.
Comfort Most people experience temporary, minor discomfort at the beginning of each new stage of treatment. This short-term effect is typically described as a feeling of pressure. Speech may be temporarily affected at the beginning of treatment. Mouth sores/ulcers can be caused by the irritation from components of the braces. Broken brackets and wires can also cause discomfort and may require urgent attention from your treating practitioner. Lingual appliances can have an effect on the tongue position and may affect speech throughout treatment. Mouth sores/ulcers can also be caused by the irritation from components of the braces.
Compliance Research shows that because aligners are virtually invisible, there is a high level of patient acceptance with Invisalign treatment. However, levels of compliance with elastic wear can vary from patient to patient being treated with aligners. High level of compliance braces is fixed to the teeth for the duration of treatment. However, levels of compliance with elastic wear can vary from patient to patient.
Removable Removable, but aligners should be worn a minimum of 20-22 hours a day for best results. Not removable. Braces are fixed to the teeth for the duration of orthodontic treatment.

Learn more from our detailed treatment comparison.

About Invisalign-trained doctors

What is the difference between a general dentist and a specialist orthodontist?

As an orthodontist, Dr Ash has completed five years of dentistry and then undertook a further three years of full-time study and gained a Masters Degree as an Orthodontic Specialist.

Do I need a referral to see an orthodontist?

You don’t need a referral to go to an orthodontist.

What does it mean by “Invisalign Platinum” providers?

The Invisalign volume-based tier designations (e.g. Platinum Elite (PE), Platinum (P), Diamond (D) and Black Diamond (BD) are based on the number of historical Invisalign cases that a provider has submitted over a defined period of time.

The tier system does not represent a doctor’s clinical experience or clinical skills in orthodontic treatment. The Invisalign provider tier level designations are not recognised as speciality areas by any applicable dental associations and have no relevance to a practitioner’s dental or orthodontic skill, or a particular treatment outcome. An Invisalign provider’s Invisalign volume-based tier designation is simply a tool that a patient can use for considering a practitioner’s experience with Invisalign treatment.

You should always make your own judgement in selecting a practice and provider to start your Invisalign treatment. It should also be noted that the clinical outcome from Invisalign treatment is based on a lot of different factors that can include the condition of your teeth, compliance, the treatment plan, and the doctor’s orthodontic experience.

 
If I move or switch doctors, what happens to the fee that was paid to the original doctor?

Since Invisalign treatment is customised to you, pricing and terms are set by each doctor. As you change doctors, you will need to settle your account with your current doctor and let them know you would like to make a change. Be sure to ask the new clinic what to expect when you are in treatment. If you’re about to start treatment, but think it’s likely you may have to switch doctors (for example, if you’re moving homes), coming to an agreement up front with your doctor regarding costs and payment schedules is a good idea.

How do I see which practices provide Invisalign treatment?

There are many Invisalign-trained doctors available, but very few that are orthodontists and fewer with the experience and further training completed at Clear Orthodontic Studio.

Treatment Information & Duration

Do I need to wear my aligners all day?

You should wear each aligner for 20 to 22 hours a day during your treatment for the best results and a timely outcome.

How often do I need to see my doctor during Invisalign treatment?

If you choose to utilise our remote monitoring, we can reduce the number of in practise visits to a minimum. Otherwise, we would need to see you every six to eight weeks. 

Can I get all my aligners at once?

For most patients utilising the Dental Monitoring technology yes. 

How do I store my Invisalign aligners when I’m not wearing them?

Two aligner cases are included in your patient starter kit.

How often should I change my aligners?

Usually, your aligners are changed weekly. However, using our dental monitoring app most patients find they can change their aligners every four days. We will advise you according to your individual situation. 

How long before I can start seeing results?

Results with the Invisalign System usually start showing a few months after starting treatment.

Cost

How much does Invisalign treatment cost?

Costs depend on the complexity of treatment. However as a dedicated aligner practice we can reduce costs and pass on the savings. We aim for our prices to be comparable to metal braces. 

Will the check-ups include a consultation fee?

No, these are complimentary.

Does Clear Orthodontic Studio offer payment plans for Invisalign treatment?

We offer flexible interest-free payment plans to suit most budgets. We’ll discuss these with you at your initial assessment. 

 
Is there a price reduction if I only need the top (or bottom) aligner?

The cost of treatment is based upon your individual needs and complexity of treatment. A consultation is required to give you an accurate price. We aim to keep the price similar to those of braces.

Does my health insurance cover Invisalign treatment?

If your insurance policy has orthodontic coverage, Invisalign treatment could be covered to a similar extent as conventional braces. However, as medical benefits differ significantly from policy to policy, it’ll be safer to check with your health insurance provider.

Is Invisalign treatment more expensive than metal braces?

As Clear Orthodontic Studio is a dedicated aligner practice, we aim to keep our price close to those of metal braces. 

Life with Invisalign & Compliance

Do I need to wear my aligners all day?

You should wear each aligner for 20 to 22 hours a day during your treatment for the best results and a timely outcome.

Are there restrictions on what I can eat while on treatment?

No, you can usually eat what you want while in treatment because the Invisalign aligners are removed when eating or drinking. Thus, there’s no need to refrain from your favourite foods and drinks unless instructed by your doctor. However, it’s recommended that you floss and brush your teeth after each meal and prior to re-inserting your aligners to maintain proper oral hygiene. 

 
Can I drink hot or cold beverages while wearing my aligners?

Except for cool water, we recommend that you don’t drink while wearing the aligners. This is to avoid cavities and stains forming on your teeth, or warping your aligners with hot beverages.

Can I drink alcohol while wearing the aligners?

You should remove your aligners to consume anything except for water. Leaving aligners on while drinking may stain them and you may risk developing tooth decay while consuming fluids with sugar in them.

Can I smoke while wearing the aligners?

We don’t encourage smoking while wearing aligners because it’s possible for them to become discoloured.

Can I chew gum while wearing the aligners?

You should not chew gum while wearing your aligners as the gum may stick to the aligners. We recommend removing your aligners for all meals and snacks, including chewing gum.

Can the aligners slip off while I’m sleeping?

It’s very unlikely that your aligners will ever fall out, no matter what you’re doing at the time (whether it’s sleeping, talking or laughing). Invisalign aligners are designed to fit firmly on the teeth so this should not be a cause for concern.

Will wearing the aligners affect my speech?

Similar to other orthodontic treatments, the Invisalign aligners may temporarily affect the speech of some people for a day or two. However, as your tongue gets used to having aligners in your mouth, any misarticulation or minor speech impediment caused by the aligners should disappear. Please speak to our team about ways to help you get used to your aligners more quickly. 

If I feel that my teeth look straight enough, can I stop the treatment?

It’s important that you follow the treatment plan developed by your doctor to ensure the best outcome. Dr Ash will determine the recommended treatment duration for you depending on several considerations, including the spacing between your teeth and the need for retention. 

I am moving to a different country. How can I continue my treatment?

Invisalign treatment is available in more than 100 countries worldwide, and you can transfer your Invisalign treatment to another Invisalign-trained doctor to continue your treatment. Please speak to your current Invisalign-trained doctor about the process. 

Can I wear aligners if I’m pregnant?

The aligners are made of non-toxic, medical-grade plastic and can be worn during pregnancy. If you’re concerned, please consult your healthcare professional.

Is Invisalign treatment painful?

While Invisalign treatment may move your teeth without the pain and anxiety of other straightening methods, some people might experience temporary, minor discomfort for a few days at the beginning of each new stage of treatment.

This is normal and is typically described as a feeling of pressure. It’s a sign that the Invisalign aligners are sequentially moving your teeth to their final positions. This discomfort usually goes away a couple of days after you insert the new aligner in the series.

I am experiencing pain and discomfort while using my aligners. What should I do?

If you notice a sharp pain or have significant discomfort, stop using the aligners and contact one of our team.

Are there any warnings or contraindications with the use of Invisalign aligners?

Invisalign treatment is contraindicated in patients with active periodontal disease. If you have periodontal (gum) disease, you should consult your doctor before undergoing Invisalign treatment.  

Warnings with Invisalign treatment include:
In rare instances, some patients may be allergic to the aligner material. If this occurs, discontinue use and speak to one of our team immediately.

In rare instances, patients with hereditary angioedema (HAE), a genetic disorder, may experience rapid local swelling of tissues including the larynx. This may be triggered by mild stimuli including dental procedures. If this occurs, discontinue use and speak to one of our team immediately.

Orthodontic appliances, or parts thereof, may be accidentally swallowed or inhaled and may be harmful.

If I feel that my teeth look straight enough, can I stop the treatment?

It’s important that you follow the treatment plan developed by your doctor to ensure the best outcome. Dr Ash will determine the recommended treatment duration for you depending on several considerations, including the spacing between your teeth and the need for retention. 

If I’m travelling, can I get additional aligners at my appointment with the doctor?

We provide our patients with all of their aligners at the beginning of treatment and provide guidance on when to change aligners either through the Dental Monitoring app or in-person appointments. 

My attachments have turned yellow. What can I do?

Please speak to a member of our team and we can provide a number of solutions as well as preventative measures. 

Why do some of my aligners have bumps or ridges on them?

Depending on your specific treatment, some of the movements may require either “attachments” or “ridges” to help the aligner grip the teeth. These bumps or wells are where the aligner grips the attachment the doctor places on your teeth.

The attachments are actually small pieces of composite the doctor affixes to your teeth that are then gripped by bumps on your aligners. The ridges are slim indentations in your aligners. Dr Ash will use one or both of these features to achieve the desired movement.

Are the aligners really invisible?

Aligners are virtually invisible and discreet, so most people will not even notice that you’re wearing them.

Clear Orthodontic Studio

We are leading edge in technologies and developments of orthodontics offering affordability, honesty, time efficiency and transparency with a big focus on customer service.

(08) 6594 3000
info@clearorthodonticstudio.com.au
Unit 10 / 36 Eric street
Cottesloe WA 
Western Australia

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