Does Invisalign really work?
Yes, studies show that 98% of patients who have been treated with Invisalign are satisfied with the results. And, in both clinical research and in dental practices around the world, Invisalign has been proven effective at straightening teeth. Invisalign can not treat all orthodontic conditions. More than 1.5 million people have either been treated or are in treatment with Invisalign. Talk to your orthodontist to determine if Invisalign is right for you.
What are Invisalign aligners made of?
Invisalign aligners are made of polyurethane, a clear, strong, non-toxic medical grade plastic. The aligners are difficult to see when worn.
What do the aligners look like?
Invisalign aligners look like a clear covering over the teeth, similar to clear tooth-whitening trays. Each aligner is custom-designed for the patient so it fits very snugly next to your teeth.
How long will treatment take?
Invisalign treatment takes, on average, 12 to 14 months, but each case varies. Studies show treatment time with Invisalign tends to be shorter by approximately 4 months than with traditional braces.
How does Invisalign effectively move teeth?
The Invisalign aligner applies constant, controlled force on individual teeth to gradually move them into a new position. Then, the next aligner in the series continues this force and movement until the teeth are fully positioned in the final desired position designed by your orthodontist. The difference between Invisalign and traditional braces is that Invisalign controls the timing of the force. Each aligner is designed to allow only certain teeth to move during a certain stage. This results in a shorter treatment time.
Has Invisalign conducted clinical tests and studies?
Yes, the Invisalign company was required to conduct clinical tests and studies prior to releasing its product commercially. These studies show the effectiveness and safety of the product. In addition, a number of United States and Australian dentists have published clinical articles about Invisalign.
Can I claim a rebate on Invisalign treatment?
You may be able to claim a rebate on your Invisalign treatment. If your eligible medical expenses are more than $1,500, you may qualify for a government rebate of 20% of the expenses over $1,500. The rebate can be claimed on your yearly income taxes. You may also claim Invisalign expenses through your Private Health Insurance fund. Please check with your accountant to see if you are eligible for these rebates.
Are there certain dental conditions that automatically exclude me from being an eligible patient?
Invisalign is not the best orthodontic treatment for a number of conditions, including severely tipped teeth, multiple missing teeth, a severe overbite or underbite, and teeth that have not yet erupted.
How long will it take to begin treatment after my initial consultation?
After your initial consultation, we will take x-rays, photographs, and moulds of your teeth. We will then design your treatment plan and send all this information to the Invisalign company. They will custom-manufacture your series of aligners. We should receive these aligners within 6 weeks after we take moulds of your teeth.
Is Invisalign treatment painful?
There will be some discomfort during treatment. Most people experience temporary, minor discomfort for a few days at each new stage of treatment, but patients have said that treatment with Invisalign is much more comfortable than treatment with traditional, fixed braces. The discomfort that patients feel is typically described as a feeling of pressure. This shows that the aligners are working, and this discomfort typically goes away after a couple of days.
Will the aligners affect my speech?
The aligners may temporarily affect your speech for a few days. However, as your tongue gets used to the aligners, any lisp or minor speech impediment should disappear.