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Invisalign

Orthodontics Invisalign at Peninsula Dental Frankston Vic

Invisalign is the latest craze in Orthodontic solutions.

While it has been around for roughly 20 years now, it still has a long way to go to gain ground on the well known and used braces that have been around for hundreds of years.

A virtually invisible and hygienic treatment, the Invisalign system uses an innovative approach to straighten your teeth.

These treatments use a series of custom-made aligners that are removable and fit only you. All you have to do is to wear these aligners, made of plastic, over your teeth to gradually move them to the right spot.

Because of their near see-through appearance, people will more than likely not even notice you are wearing them meaning you don’t need to feel embarrassed about your teeth unlike braces.

Cost of Invisalign

How Much Does It Cost?

In most cases the cost of Invisalign is comparable to that of traditional braces.

However as with other medical treatments, our dentist can determine cost based on your specific needs.

Other factors may include your treatment goals, the difficulty of your case, how long you are in treatment, your orthodontic insurance coverage and additional factors determined by your dentist.

How Does It Work?

There are 6 main steps to the Invisalign System:

 

  • We will take a range of x-rays and impressions to help create your dental plan
  • These records are then used to create an in-depth 3D dental plan
  • The customised aligners are sent back to us after being built
  • Your custom-made aligners will be given to you (typically 3-4 sets at a time) for you to wear everyday and change them at home every 2 weeks.
  • Visits to your doctor roughly every 6-8 weeks for check ups and to get your next set of aligners
  • Once your treatment is finished, a retainer may be required to help hold your teeth in their new place

FAQ General

Does Invisalign Really Work?

Yes.

In both clinical research and in orthodontic and dental practices around the world, Invisalign has been proven effective at straightening teeth.

Over 2 million patients with a wide variety of dental challenges have been treated with Invisalign.

Invisalign was developed with orthodontists and is used in more than 50 countries around the world.

Does Is Work as Well as Normal Braces?

Invisalign has proven to be as effective at straightening teeth as traditional braces.

Patients with severe crowding or bite problems may require interdisciplinary treatments in which Invisalign is used in combination with other teeth straightening techniques.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign uses 3D computer imaging technology to depict the complete treatment plan from the initial position to the final desired position from which a series of custom-made “aligners” are produced.

Each aligner moves teeth incrementally and is worn for about two weeks, then replaced by the next in the series until the final desired position is achieved.

What Are the Primary Benefits of Invisalign?

There are four primary benefits of Invisalign:

  1. Invisalign is nearly invisible – you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.
  2. Invisalign is removable – you can eat and drink what you want in treatment; you can also brush and floss normally to maintain good oral hygiene.
  3. Invisalign is comfortable – there are no metal brackets or wires to cause mouth irritation: no metal or wires also means you spend less time in the doctor’s chair getting adjustments.
  4. Invisalign allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan before you start – so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.
What Are Aligners Made Of?

Aligners are made of clear, strong medical grade non-toxic plastic that is virtually invisible when worn.

What Do Aligners Look Like?

Aligners are nearly invisible and look similar to clear tooth-whitening trays, but are custom-made for a better fit to move teeth.

Some orthodontists have referred to them as “contact lenses for teeth.”

How Long Will Treatment Take?

The length of treatment is dependent on the severity of each individual patient’s orthodontic issues.

Treatment may vary from anywhere between six months to two years with an average treatment taking around 12 to 14 months.

Is This a New Way to Straigten Teeth?

For years, orthodontists have used removable appliances for limited treatment.

Today, with the application of computer technology and mass-customised manufacturing, Invisalign is able to treat a broader range of orthodontic issues with greater precision.

How Many Patients Are Being Treated With Invisalign?

Over 1.5 million patients worldwide have been treated with Invisalign and the number grows daily.

Invisalign was launched in Australia in February 2002 and already over one thousand Australian orthodontists and dentists have been trained to treat patients with Invisalign.

How Does Invisalign Effectively Move Teeth?

Like brackets and arch wires, the Invisalign aligner moves teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force on the teeth.

The principal difference is that Invisalign not only controls forces, but also controls the timing of the force application.

With each aligner, only certain teeth are allowed to move, and these movements are determined by the orthodontic treatment plan for that particular aligner.

This results in an efficient force delivery system.

FAQ Getting Started

How Do I Get Started With Invisalign?

Just make an appointment with our trained dentist for an initial consultation by calling 03 8790 0320.

Does Invisalign Have a Guarantee?

Invisalign is as effective at straightening teeth as traditional methods of orthodontics but largely depends upon a patient’s biology and compliance with treatment.

As such, Invisalign cannot guarantee that a patient’s teeth will move exactly as predicted.We will closeley monitor the treatment as it progresses.

If necessary, additional treatment with Invisalign or other forms may be needed.

Discuss this further with us during your initial consultation.

Can I Claim Any Rebate on Invisalign Treatment?

Yes.

There is a government rebate that is available to a taxpayer whose eligible net medical expenses in the year of income exceed $2,000 (net of Medicare and any health fund refund).

The amount of the rebate is 20% of the excess over $2,000 but cannot exceed the amount of tax otherwise paid. The rebate is claimed when the patient lodges their annual income tax return.

For example, a patient undergoes Invisalign treatment at a cost of $6500.

Assuming the patient can claim $1000 back from a private health fund and none from Medicare, the rebate would be as follows: [($6500-$1000) – $2000J x 20% = $700

FAQ Case Selection

How Do I Know If I'm a Candidate for Invisalign?

In your initial consultation, we will discus whether the Invisalign treatment suits you after carefully examining your teeth.

What Is the Minimum Age That Invisalign Can Treat?

Almost all teenagers over the age of 14 are eligible for treatment with Invisalign as long as their second (twelve year old) molars are fully erupted.

I am currently wearing braces - can i make the switch to the invisalign?

Many patients are being treated with some form of combination of braces and Invisalign.

Does the Procedure Work on Overbites (Overjets) and How?

Yes, Invisalign can correct mild to moderate overbites.

The aligners create a force on the front teeth causing them to intrude, thus correcting the overbite.

Are There Certain Dental Conditions That Automatically Exclude You From Being an Eligible Patient?

Yes, certain dental conditions can restrict you from being an eligible patient – for further information, please consult us.

Cases that are difficult or unsuitable for Invisalign may include up-righting severely tipped teeth, cases where not all the permanent teeth have erupted, cases with multiple missing teeth, patients with poor periodontal condition or patients that want to change their facial profile.

Can Invisalign Close Gaps (Space Closure)?

Yes.

Spaces between teeth are generally easy to close with Invisalign.

However, the size and location of the spaces will need to be evaluated.

Can I Receive Limited Treatment With Invisalign?

Invisalign can be used to provide a limited form of orthodontic treatment e.g. orthodontic relapse or minor crowding cases for a lesser fee.

Check with us to see if this is suitable for you and what the charges will be.

How Long Will It Take to Begin Treatment After the Initial Consultation?

After or during the initial consultation, We will need to take x-rays, photos and moulds of your teeth.

These records will be sent to the USA to be used to manufacture your custom made aligners.

This process will take approximately 6 weeks (from the time the records are sent to the USA to the time treatment can begin).

How Often Must I See the Dentist?

We will schedule regular appointments – usually about once every six weeks.

This is the only way we can be sure that the treatment is progressing as planned.

Will the Treatment Be Painful?

Most people 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 is a sign that the Invisalign aligners are working – sequentially moving your teeth to their final destination.

This discomfort typically goes away a couple of days after you insert the new aligner in the series.

Will Wearing the Aligners Affect My Speech?

Like all orthodontic treatments, aligners may temporarily affect the speech of some people and you may have a slight lisp for a day or two.

However, as your tongue gets used to having aligners in your mouth, any lisp or minor speech impediment caused by the aligners should disappear.

Are There Restrictions on What I Can Eat While in Treatment?

No. Unlike traditional orthodontics, you can usually eat whatever you desire while in treatment because you remove your aligners to eat and drink.

Thus, there is no need to restrict your consumption of any of your favourite foods and snacks, unless instructed otherwise by us. Also, it is important that you brush your teeth after each meal and prior to reinserting your aligners to maintain proper hygiene.

Can I Drink With Aligners Still On?

You should remove your aligners to drink anything else except water.

Leaving aligners on while drinking may stain them and the patient risks decay drinking fluids with sugar in them.

Will Smoking Stain the Aligners?

We discourage smoking while wearing aligners because it is possible for the aligners to become discoloured.

Can I Chew Gum While Wearing Aligners?

No, gum will stick to the aligners. We recommend removing your aligners for all meals and snacks.

Should I Go for Invisalign or Conventional Braces?

This is a question only you can answer.

Have a look at our Invisalign vs Braces page to get all the information, or contact us now

What Happens After Treatment to Prevent My Teeth From Moving Again?

This depends on the outcome of the treatment.

Some patients might need a position or conventional retainer. Other patients might need a clear plastic retainer similar to Invisalign aligners. We will discuss this at the end of the treatment.

Every patient is different and outcomes vary.

How Often Must I Wear My Aligners?

Aligners should be worn all day except when eating, brushing and flossing.

What Happens If the Aligners No Longer Fit?

In this case you should contact us immediately so we can diagnose what remedial action is needed to bring the treatment back on course.

This may involve moving back one or two stages in treatment to a previous aligner or possibly some additional orthodontic treatment.

What Happens If the Aligners No Longer Fit?

In this case you should contact us immediately so we can diagnose what remedial action is needed to bring the treatment back on course.

This may involve moving back one or two stages in treatment to a previous aligner or possibly some additional orthodontic treatment.