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FAQ’s About Invisalign Clear Braces

Most people know about traditional metal braces, but for those getting braces for the first time, the Invisalign system is a new option you may not know a lot about. If you’re considering Invisalign Clear Braces, you’ve probably got some questions about the braces, the process, how they work and whether you meet the treatment requirements. 


What are Invisalign braces and how do they work?


Invisalign braces are clear braces that use a series of clear, plastic aligners to gradually move your teeth into the correct position. Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign is removable, allowing you to eat and drink what you want without damaging the aligners. 


The aligners are developed using computer-generated images and impressions of your mouth, and these aligners work over several months to force your teeth into the correct position. 


There are certainly some benefits to having Invisalign treatment over traditional braces, including:

  • Clear – Invisalign aligners are produced from a clear BPA-free plastic, which means they are mostly invisible to other people. They are great for people with anxiety, or those working in professional roles. 
  • Convenience – as mentioned, Invisalign can be removed as needed however it is recommended that they are worn for between 20-22 hours a day. 
  • Shorter Treatment Length –  the treatment length for Invisalign is generally much shorter than metal braces because of how they work. Those with Invisalign will usually only have to wear the braces for 6 to 18 months, compared to traditional braces which is often around two years. . 


Who is a good candidate for Invisalign braces treatment?


Invisalign braces are suitable for almost anyone wanting to straighten their teeth. Quite often we see these used on both teenagers and adults who prefer a more invisible look. They are a good treatment option for those with mild to moderate orthodontic problems. 


Teenagers will benefit from Invisalign treatment due to the shorter treatment times and easier use, while adults will benefit if they want flexibility and want to achieve straighter teeth without a visible metal brace. 


While most people are good candidates for Invisalign treatment, it is certainly worth chatting with your orthodontist. Those needing corrective work on their back teeth may not be suitable for this treatment and require a different option. 


How often do I need to wear my Invisalign braces?

Unlike metal braces, Invisalign braces can be removed when eating, drinking and brushing your teeth. It is recommended that they are worn for 20-22 hours a day to get the best results in the best time frame. The flexibility of Invisalign is why people are attracted to them, and having aligners that are removable can really allow you to enjoy a full lifestyle without having to think about where you are eating or needing to carry a toothbrush with you everywhere. 


How long does the Invisalign treatment take to complete?


Much like any other medical treatment, the length of time you’ll need to wear Invisalign aligners for all depends on the severity of your orthodontic issues. Typically, you can expect anywhere between 6 months and 18 months, however your orthodontist will discuss this with you when tralking about treatment options. 


Are there any side effects associated with Invisalign braces treatment?


In good news for those needing orthodontic treatment, there are no major side effects associated with Invisalign. There are however some minor side effects which are to be expected when you are moving your teeth into place. 


Some of the minor side effects that patients experience include:

  • Toothache
  • Speech interference as the aligners can initially press against the lips and tongue
  • Cheek biting
  • Headache & jaw pain
  • Dry mouth 
  • Change in what you can eat as teeth may initially be sensitive to food


How much do Invisalign braces cost, and is financing available?


Invisalign braces can be a little more expensive than traditional metal braces, with the typical cost between $3000 and $6500. Financing is available and we invite you to talk to our team about payment options.


Can I still eat my favourite foods while wearing Invisalign braces?


Absolutely you can still eat your favourite foods. Initially you may have some trouble as your teeth are a little more sensitive, however you will get used to this and be able to eat a full range of foods. Invisalign is removable so you can take them out to eat your favourite foods and brush your teeth. Just make sure you get the minimum recommended wear time for the best results. 


Do I need to wear a retainer after completing my Invisalign treatment?


Depending on the type of treatment you have had, and any future ongoing work needed, you may need to wear a retainer after your Invisalign treatment to keep your teeth in the correct position. Talk to your orthodontist about ongoing treatment and any need for retainers. 


Where can I find more information about Invisalign clear braces?


If you have any questions about orthodontic treatment or Invisalign clear braces, we’d love to talk to you. Our orthodontic team want to ensure you have all the information you need to make the best decision for your dental treatment. 

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Dr Henry Wong is a local dental graduate, having done his studies at the University of Queensland. He has had over 20 years of practical experience, providing a wide range of services in the various fields of dentistry. He has a strong interest in Dental Implants, Orthodontics (braces and aligners) and Cosmetic Dentistry. Henry regularly attends a range of continuing education courses, and is very much up to date with his continuing professional development requirements.

Dr Henry enjoys spending time with his family and young daughter. They are often the reluctant subjects one of his other interests; photography. He likes to unwind by listening to comedy podcasts and tending to his growing collection of indoor plants.