Invisalign & Clear Braces
At My Family Dental, our Invisalign services provide Queensland residents in Bowen, Emerald, Ingham, Innisfail, and Townsville with beautiful smiles, and we aim to give our patients the best experience. Contact us today for a consultation and to learn more about our expert team.
Invisalign is an effective teeth-straightening solution for most people, but it’s essential to familiarize yourself with all the facts before starting treatment.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a non-invasive orthodontic system designed for those who do not want to wear braces. Users wear their aligners during the day, change aligners at their dentist’s instruction, and continue the process until treatment is complete.
What Does Invisalign Treat?
Invisalign treats a variety of issues, including:
- Overlapping teeth
- Crooked teeth
Invisalign helps anyone who feels their teeth are not aligned or suffers from discomfort due to a crooked smile. Some patients see their teeth change after braces treatment, and clear aligners help these patients avoid another round of braces.
Is Invisalign Invisible?
Invisalign aligners are practically invisible. They hide in your mouth and are only noticeable under intense scrutiny.
Working, exercising, driving, and sleeping is comfortable with aligners. Aligners can come out once or twice a day to clean and eat, and your dentist makes changes when they feel it is necessary.
Can I See the Results?
Invisalign allows you to see results without the obstruction of metal brackets. Patients with braces must wait until their treatment is complete, but Invisalign patients can remove their aligners to see their smiles in the mirror.
The dentist will track your progress and note any issues that arise during treatment. Invisalign is flexible and helps your dentist adjust treatment to avoid complications.
How Long Should I Wear My Aligners Every Day?
Patients are instructed to wear their Invisalign aligners for around 22 hours a day. Taking the aligners out to eat, drink, and brush teeth give patients a break.
You will wear each aligner for about two weeks before moving to the next set. Each aligner tray moves teeth slightly closer to where they should be without damaging your gum tissue. You cannot see the difference, but each aligner will feel different.
In most cases, Invisalign requires 12 months to complete treatment. Patients may see results in little as 28 weeks, but dentists cannot make any promises. Packages offer refinements every year, two years, or longer.
Ask your dentist for assistance if you notice an aligner is not working, feel intense pain, or do not get the results you desire.
Is Invisalign Comfortable?
Invisalign is comfortable and will not irritate your teeth or gums. The soft material does not cut your gums, and you will not see the swelling that is often associated with braces.
You may feel minor discomfort as your teeth move, but this is normal and shows the aligners are working. After a few weeks, the system feels more comfortable.
Is Speaking Difficult With Invisalign?
Speaking with Invisalign aligners involves a learning curve like any other orthodontic product. You will feel as though you have a lisp or cannot enunciate as you would for the first two to three weeks, but you will feel comfortable speaking after you grow accustomed to the aligners.
Should I Clean My Aligners?
Clean your aligners at least twice a day. Aligners may collect debris and food from your teeth throughout the day, and it’s vital to keep them as clean as possible.
If you feel your aligners are too dirty or stained, reach out to our staff for assistance.
What Are My Options?
We offer packages for patients depending on how many services you require. The basic package comes with a few aligners and a single refinement per year, and more advanced packages offer several dozen aligners and a few refinements each year.
We are happy to speak with you about Invisalign during your routine cleaning and schedule an appointment for an exam and treatment. Our team can answer your questions about Invisalign, aligners, and adjustments. We offer payment options for every budget to accommodate all patients.
Should I Get Invisalign Before Cosmetic Procedures?
We recommend you get Invisalign before undergoing any cosmetic procedures. You can straighten your teeth before scheduling teeth whitening or getting veneers, crowns, or bridges.