All You Need To Know About Invisalign

The beauty of Invisalign is that it is an entirely metal-free orthodontic solution to straightening those pearly whites. Simple, effective, and virtually transparent. There’s no wonder people all over the world have opted for clear aligners to resolve their crooked teeth. Whilst you may have heard how convenient and easy they are, it’s always good to do your research before making such a big decision. And so, without further ado, let us walk you through our top ten facts before taking the plunge.

1. They fix more misalignments than just crooked teeth

Over the years, feedback we have often received from patients is that they’re positively impressed by how effective Invisalign can be. Patients with severe misalignment often assume traditional braces are the only way forward but with the progressive developments
within the Australian dental industry, that is no longer the case. The good news, Coolangatta Dental Group base the route of all orthodontic journeys on a case-by-case basis with state-of-the-art technology and highly experienced dental staff. Whilst Invisalign isn’t suitable for everyone, it has yielded amazing results on all types of malocclusions. Our advice? Have a chat with an orthodontist or treatment consultant at Coolangatta Dental Group to gain a deeper understanding on how Invisalign could change your life.

2. Treatment time varies for everyone

Naturally, patients always ask us how long their Invisalign treatment will take, and the answer is always an indefinite ‘it depends.’ Orthodontic treatment differs from patient to patient, making it difficult to provide a definitive answer. Typically speaking, treatment time with Invisalign aligners can be as short as six months. However, a more conservative timeframe is 12 months to 18 months. In more complex cases, such as crowded teeth, the treatment time could be 24 months or even longer. No two mouths are the same and so, our team will always treat every case individually.

3. Transparency

One of the key factors that have made Invisalign so popular is how inconspicuous they are. No doubt your newsfeeds would have been clogged with content over the years which have inferred they are virtually invisible and this, for the most part, is true. At a first glance it will most likely look as though there isn’t anything in your mouth, but of course, if you’re in a deep and up-close conversation with someone, they may be slightly noticeable. That being said, they are far less obvious than traditional metal braces, and truly satisfying for those feeling self-conscious about having orthodontic work, especially patients in their later years.

4. Consider them a custom-made solution

Technically all braces are custom-made, but Invisalign takes it to another level. Your treatment journey is a customized journey, according to your needs and desires, and so, nobody will have the same aligners as you do. Your Invisalign roadmap will start with a digital 3D scan of your teeth, which is a precise model of your natural teeth. This
assessment is what we base your treatment plan and Invisalign trays on. This strategy is systematically integrated into each aligner which you will change yourself at home every two weeks, keeping them customized and comfortable.

5. Oral hygiene is still a priority

Though it might feel as though Invisalign is protecting your teeth, and there is a temptation to be complacent, it’s vital that patients don’t start using them as a “get out of jail free card” that justifies less effort with their oral hygiene. Consistent flossing, brushing twice a day and after every time you eat are the keys takeaways to protecting your mouth and aligners from bacteria, cavities and tooth decay. Should you wish to ‘up’ your oral hygene game, rinse with mouthwash twice a day to make your Invisalign journey as smooth as possible!

6. Care is required

Did you know ensuring your aligners are clean is JUST as important as keeping your teeth clean? Think about it this way, they are going to be spending 22 hours a day in your mouth, and the last thing we want is germs or bacteria permeating in your mouth. The key is how you clean, we repeat, the key is how you clean them. Whilst some may think brushing them with toothpaste is the logical solution, doing so can actually damage your aligners, which would not be ideal. At Coolangatta Dental Group, we recommend specialist Invisalign cleaners that will help keep them as hygienic as possible with just a simple soak to ensure the job is done properly.

7. Minimal Discomfort

Most patients who opt for Invisalign experience significantly less discomfort than traditional metal braces. Whilst they may be the more comfortable route, it’s important to remember that they are designed to realign your teeth – and so you’re inevitably going to feel something! Ensuring your chosen dental practitioner is open and transparent (mind the pun) with you is something you should be mindful of. Going in with your eyes open will mean the discomfort won’t be a shock, and your expectations will be aligned with what is to come. Making an informed decision is the important thing. As the saying goes, fail to prepare, prepare to fail. When you do experience a little discomfort, panadol or nurofen can be helpful.

8. Time management

Who doesn’t appreciate a long lunch? If you’re somebody who enjoys taking their time when it comes to enjoying your meals, you may need to make a few adjustments. For Invisalign to work its magic, you will need to wear them for at least 22 hours a day. That doesn’t mean you have to totally reschedule your meal times, you’ll simply need to start monitoring the clock. Your smile will thank you! Your fluid intake doesn’t need to change however, so long as you’re sipping through a straw. If you’re interested in Invisalign braces, come visit us! At Coolangatta Dental Group, our specialist orthodontists provide Invisalign using flexible payment plans. To arrange an appointment, call us on 07 5599 1799 or book an appointment online to visit any of our three clinics located in Ballina, Runaway Bay and Coolangatta.