Invisalign® The Clear Alternative to Braces®

Get straighter teeth with invisible braces in Sydney CBD

Do you want straighter teeth, but don't like the idea of braces? Invisalign treatment avoids the need to wear a fixed brace while still moving your teeth using sets of removable aligners. These are made from clear plastic, making them harder to see in the mouth and more discreet.

These 'invisible braces' can be used for most mild to moderate orthodontic needs, depending on the individual. Our dentists in Sydney CBD will examine your mouth and recommend the best treatment to help bring your teeth and jaws into the correct alignment.

Call (02) 9221 1530 to talk to our team and schedule an Invisalign consultation in Sydney. You can also book online.

What are Invisalign braces?

Invisalign clear aligners are individually manufactured to fit over your teeth in a similar way to a mouthguard. Like traditional braces, the aligners apply minor force to move the teeth – little by little, week by week – until they reach their desired positions. They are made from 0.75mm thick plastic resin.

Each set of aligners is worn for around two weeks before being replaced by the next set in the series. These are designed using Align Technology's ClinCheck® 3D imaging software that plans out every step of the process to help you get the straight and balanced smile you want.

Who can benefit from Invisalign treatment?

The Invisalign system has helped more than 5.5 million people to straighten their smiles worldwide. Our Sydney CBD dentists offer several types of Invisalign aligners for adults and older teenagers who want an orthodontic treatment that won't significantly interfere in their day-to-day life.

This treatment has proven effective for treating a range of orthodontic conditions, including:

  • Overbite – when the upper front teeth extend over the lower teeth, also called a deep bite
  • Underbite – the lower front teeth lie in front of the upper teeth
  • Crossbite – some of the upper teeth are overlapped by the lower teeth
  • Open bite – the upper and lower teeth don't come together when you close your mouth
  • Crowded teeth – when there's not enough space for your teeth, causing them to push together
  • Gaps between teeth – spaces between the teeth where food can get trapped

If you have a more severe underbite or crossbite, we may recommend braces or Invisalign treatment combined with oral surgery. We'll let you know if you're a candidate for Invisalign aligners during your initial consultation.

Pros and cons of Invisalign aligners

Invisalign treatment is a popular alternative to braces for adults and older teens in Australia, but it's not always the right choice for everyone. Following are some of the main reasons for and against the procedure, depending on your situation and preferences.

Advantages

  • Invisalign clear aligners are virtually invisible when worn, so they won't affect your appearance or self-confidence.
  • The aligners can be removed when eating or brushing and flossing your teeth, as long as you wear them for at least 20 hours per day.
  • Avoids most of the discomfort and hazards of traditional braces.
  • You won't have to give up your favourite foods, as long as you maintain good oral health.
  • Fewer visits to the dentist are needed compared to braces.

Disadvantages

  • Can't correct more severe bite problems, unless combined with surgery.
  • Not available for children or younger teenagers.

We'll make sure you have all the information you need about Invisalign costs and risks so you can make a fully informed decision about what's best for you.

Call us today on (02) 9221 1530 to find out more or book an appointment with our Invisalign-trained dentists in Sydney CBD.

How the Invisalign system works

Like traditional braces, Invisalign aligners use controlled forces to correct malocclusions and misalignments of the teeth. The difference is that the Invisalign system has more precise control over force applications, with each set of aligners being individually designed. Each set is worn for around two weeks before moving on to the next.

If you choose to have Invisalign treatment with Sydney Dental Surgeons, our Invisalign-trained dentists Dr George Connell or Dr Jonathon Lam will see you every 6 to 8 weeks to check that your treatment is working as planned and provide you with several sets of aligners to use in the meantime.

Invisalign treatment usually takes between 9 and 15 months, depending on the individual. This can involve 18 to 30 sets of aligners.

Invisalign procedure

If you choose to have Invisalign treatment with Sydney Dental Surgeons, we'll explain what's involved in the process step by step.

  1. We'll first give you a complete orthodontic assessment to determine whether Invisalign treatment is suitable. We'll take digital images and x-rays of your bite that are used to plan your treatment.
  2. We'll scan the 3D impressions of your bite using Invisalign ClinCheck software. This will map out your treatment and determine the number of sets of aligners needed. At this stage, you can see a visualisation of what your smile should look like if you follow your treatment plan.
  3. On your next visit, we'll provide you with your first few sets of custom aligners and demonstrate how to wear and remove them safely. Each set should be worn for approximately two weeks.
  4. We'll arrange check-ups every 4 to 6 weeks to monitor your progress and provide you with the next few sets of aligners until your treatment is complete.

You will need to wear a retainer after your Invisalign treatment has completed to prevent your new smile from shifting back. This retainer will also be designed to be discreet.

Invisalign treatment FAQ

Will Invisalign aligners affect my lifestyle?

One of the advantages of the Invisalign process over traditional braces is that you don't have to give up certain foods, sports or other activities while undergoing the treatment. It's also easier to brush and floss your teeth compared to wearing braces.

As the transparent aligners are virtually invisible in your mouth, they're less likely to be noticed by other people or to show up in photos. You'll also have fewer visits to the dentist compared to traditional braces and can avoid the need for emergency brace repairs when a bracket or wire comes loose.

The Invisalign process is tailored for every individual's unique needs, so there's no set treatment time. Most patients at our Sydney CBD dental clinic complete Invisalign treatment in 9 to 15 months. You should start to see visible results within a few months of the treatment beginning.

During this time, you should wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day to improve the chance of a successful outcome. Invisalign for teenagers includes compliance indicators to show their parents and our dentists whether they're wearing them as often as needed.

It's normal to feel some minor discomfort when you first wear each new set of aligners, as it can take some time for your teeth to adjust.

The treatment is designed to minimise discomfort by applying gentle forces. It avoids the possible complications of braces, such as brackets or wires coming loose, irritating the gums and lips or causing injuries.

If you experience unusual pain or discomfort, or your aligners are damaged, make an emergency appointment with our dentists.

Invisalign aligners are low maintenance. You simply need to rinse them every night and brush away any food or bacteria using a toothbrush and plain water. We can also provide a cleaning solution to help them maintain their clear appearance.

You should avoid leaving your aligners in direct sunlight or close to sources of heat, as this could cause the plastic to warp or affect their appearance. They should ideally be worn for at least 20 hours per day, including during sleep.

The cost of Invisalign treatment varies from individual to individual, as it depends on the type of aligners you choose, how many are needed and other treatment aspects. We'll give you a breakdown of the costs during your consultation, so you can decide if the treatment is affordable.

At Sydney Dental Surgeons, we offer dental payment plans to help make the Invisalign cost more manageable by breaking it down into regular payments.

If you decide that Invisalign aligners aren't right for you, we can discuss other treatments that could help you to straighten your teeth or improve your smile.

  • Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic option that can straighten slightly crooked teeth or close minor gaps. These are attached to the front of the teeth to change their appearance.
  • If you only want to correct the shape or alignment of individual teeth, this could be achieved with dental crowns.

Book a consultation for Invisalign treatment in Sydney CBD

Want to know more about Invisalign aligners, or ready to start your treatment? Call (02) 9221 1530 to book an initial consultation with our dentists or make an appointment online.

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