Invisalign – The virtually invisible and hygienic alternative to braces

Invisalign  lets you keep smiling during your treatment. Invisalign uses a series of custom-made, clear, removable aligners that gradually move teeth toward the smile you’ve always wanted. Invisalign is so discreet; most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them.

Invisalign allows you to achieve straight teeth without using ugly braces. You change your invisible aligners every two weeks for the next set of aligners. As you replace each set of aligners, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week, until they have straightened to the final position.

What’s more, a virtual treatment plan generated by Invisialign’s software shows the series of movements your teeth will go through over the course of the treatment. This allows you to see up front what your teeth are expected to look like at the end of the treatment.

If you’re ready for a new smile, Invisalign is your answer. It’s fast, convenient, invisible and comfortable!


Invisalign FAQ’s

What is the Invisalign System?

Invisalign is the virtually invisible way to straighten teeth without braces. The Invisalign System uses a combination of proprietary virtual modelling software, rapid manufacturing, mass customisation and virtually clear, removal ‘aligners’ to straighten teeth without metal or wires. The Invisalign system is prescribed to patients through trained Invisalign Orthodontists or Dentists, and only they can determine a patient’s suitability and exact treatment plan.

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 1.4 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 Invisalign work as well as normal braces?

Invisalign has been proven to be as effective at straightening teeth as traditional braces in cases where the case is not complex. Patients with severe crowding or bite problems may require fixed braces.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign uses 3-D 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.

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.

How many patients are being treated with Invisalign?

Over 1.4 million patients worldwide have been treated with invisalign. Invisalign was launched in Australia in February 2002 and is now available in over 50 countries worldwide.

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.

Does insurance cover Invisalign?

If your insurance policy has orthodontic coverage, Invisalign should be covered to a similar extent as conventional braces as Invisalign is normally prescribed for a full course or orthodontic treatment. However, dental funds differ significantly from policy to policy, each patient should check with their health fund.