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North Sydney Orthodontics Invisalign
September 30, 2014 Dr Charles Daniels

North Sydney Orthodontics Invisalign

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a way to straighten crooked teeth without braces. Invisalign works best for adults but can be suitable in the older teenager.Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners that are nearly invisible, and almost no one can tell you’re wearing them. The invisalign system is continuously evolving and improving and with a worldwide database of treatment experience of more than 1 million patients -invisalign is the outstanding world laboratory in this type of orthodontic treatment.

What’s great about Invisalign?

Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing are no problem. They are also comfortable, with no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment. If it weren’t for the remarkable way it was transforming your smile, you’d hardly even notice it.

traditional braces vs invisalign

How Does Invisalign Work?

You wear each set of aligners for about 2 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move little by little, week by week until they have straightened to the final position Dr. Daniels  has prescribed. You’ll visit Dr. Daniels about once every 6 weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time averages 9-15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.

How to start Invisalign

Following your initial consultation, Dr Daniels will advise how Invisalign can work for you. A full treatment plan with all the alternative methods available will be provided. Once you are happy to proceed the working impression of your teeth is obtained and submitted to Invisalign.
Invisalign creates a virtual model of your teeth and  carefully translates the treatment prescription into a sequence of stages. We then show you the clin-check planned tooth movements on the computer before finalising the manufacture of your custom aligners to make your teeth straight.
You then wear each set of aligners for two to three weeks, moving your teeth gradually:  millimetre by millimetre. We check you every 6-8 weekly to ensure your progress matches the predicted plan

What are the benefits of Invisalign compared to braces ?

Invisalign is nearly invisible – you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing. 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 and prevent the possibility of decay or gum disease.

Invisalign allows you to view your own computerised treatment plan before you start and how long treatment should take. We invite you to view the computer plan and give us the go ahead only when you are satisfied with the planned tooth positions.

What is the cost of a consultation for Invisalign?

Invisalign treatment is suitable for a large number of teenagers and adult patients. We offer a Invisalign free consultation – a short consultation limited to discussion of Invisalign suitability, to make it easy to find out whether this treatment method suits you. If you wish to discuss all of the available methods for getting your teeth straight our usual consultation  fee of $110.00 will apply.  A percentage of this fee is claimable through almost all health insurance companies.

HOWEVER Due to the large number of new patients who fail to show up for their booked appointment we now insist on a phone payment of $50 when you make your appointment.  This will be put towards your consultation costs or refunded when you appear for your appointment.  You will forfeit your deposit if you fail to attend the consultation appointment.

What is the cost of Invisalign ?

Suitability check for invisalign $free

The overall cost for Invisalign can be as little as $6000.00

These fees are correct for treatments commencing during 2014

Will insurance cover any of the cost of my Invisalign treatment ?

Yes, providing you have orthodontic coverage (braces), Invisalign should be covered to the same extent as conventional braces

Who is suitable for Invisalign treatment ?

Invisalign can treat most patients with fully grown molars. Both adults, adolescents and teenagers may be suitable. It works for a wide range of people whose teeth are mildly crowded or have spaces between them, as well as for those whose teeth may have shifted after having worn braces in their youth. Invisalign can be used in other more advanced cases when combined with other orthodontic treatments such as partial braces. If a tooth is very round in shape or requires complex movement then an almost invisible bump, known as an attachment, is temporarily bonded onto the specific tooth. This procedure causes absolutely no pain or discomfort and helps the aligner to grip the tooth and move it into position.

Can any dentist do Invisalign ?

Invisalign quality improvement have developed protocols to maximize the effectiveness of treatment but the process is still under the control of the clinician providing your treatment. Many dentists are carrying out invisalign but we believe that the best chance of success is when orthodontic treatment is provided by a fully trained orthodontist who is familiar with the potential difficulties of tooth movement.  Everyone knows practice makes perfect  and orthodontists move teeth all day every day  and don’t do anything else – our entire focus is on creating beautiful smiles with braces,  invisalign or whatever appliance is necessary -so put your trust in a fully trained orthodontist for best results!

Do I need to have teeth removed for Invisalign treatment?

It depends on the problem. Previously, invisalign has only been used when teeth are not removed but it is possible to combine invisalign with more complex mechanics including extractions when necessary to obtain the best result possible. If your teeth are mildly crowded often space can be found by slightly expanding the dental arch, moving the molar teeth back, making some teeth a fraction of a millimetre narrower or moving teeth forward that are pushed too far back.

How long does Invisalign take to complete treatment ?

Typically the treatment duration is similar to braces. An average time frame is 11 months but could take less than 6 months or around two years in more complex cases. The degree of changes required to obtain the desired results will determine the number of aligners required and the number of aligners determines the duration of treatment. An approximation of the duration of treatment is obtained from the number of required aligners which we find out at the clincheck setup stage.

Is Invisalign treatment painful ?

Most people experience temporary, minor discomfort for a few days at the beginning of each new stage of treatment. This is a normal part of all orthodontic treatments.

Will Invisalign 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

Will my teeth remain straight after Invisalign treatment ?

Like all orthodontic treatment relapse of alignment is a possibility so a retention strategy is required to keep teeth straight once active treatment is completed.  The type of available retainers will be discussed with you and your initial retainers are included free in your invisalign treatment costs.

Why should I get North Sydney Orthodontics to do my Invisalign?

North Sydney Orthodontics is a specialist orthodontic practice that is not only accredited in invisalign but all tooth movement methods. All available methods to obtain straight teeth are offered, and we will give you unbiased advice about the limitations and advantages of different treatment methods for your particular case.

How can satisfaction be guaranteed?

1)We do this by showing you the computer simulation of the planned result before treatment starts and modify the plan if necessary. Once you are happy to authorize the manufacture of the aligners your invisalign treatment can progress

2) We have the know how to do whatever is required to make your invisalign treatment a success

I was always very conscious of the responsibility that being a professional person brings, and I have always striven to be the best practitioner I can be and advise and treat my patients in their best interest.
Specialists in tooth alignment and correction of bite problems