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What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is one of the leaders in the clear aligner orthodontic industry. The transparent, removable aligners straighten your teeth by applying gentle pressure on key points throughout your smile.

If the idea of metal braces is standing between you and a straighter smile, Invisalign is a great alternative.

Invisalign straightens your teeth with a series of clear, virtually invisible, computer-designed custom-moulded aligners. Invisalign uses breakthrough technology that lets you have the smile
you’ve always wanted.

Advantages of Invisalign treatment over braces:

Nearly Invisible

Invisalign clear aligners are virtually invisible. This means you can always smile with confidence, as compared to traditional braces where the wires and metal brackets can be seen.

Removable

Invisalign aligners are made with SmartTrack flexible material, making it super easy to remove and put on, unlike braces which are fixed. Now, you can enjoy your favourite food any time
you want.

Less pain

SmartStage and SmartForce technologies are designed to.. there will only be gradual and gentle yet effective teeth movement throughout your treatment, as compared to braces which may irritate and
cause pain.

Less doctor visits

Depending on the complexity of your case and with some Invisalign treatment options you may be finished in as little as six months. But you could start seeing results in a matter of weeks.

Clearer timelines

Invisalign treatment allows you to visualise every stage of the treatment, helping to give you a clearer picture of the treatment duration. With braces your treating doctor will give an indication of approximate duration at the beginning of treatment.

Better oral health

Since Invisalign aligners are removable, you can still floss and brush your teeth as per normal whereas braces may make it difficult for you to clean in between the metal brackets which can result in plaque accumulation and poor oral hygiene.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Teeth alignment is the straightening and correction of misaligned or crooked teeth, which can be caused by gaps, crowding, overlapping teeth or tooth size discrepancy. Teeth alignment allows for healthier teeth and gums, easier cleaning, overall health benefits, as well as confidence from having a smile with straighter teeth.

Factors to consider in choosing the most appropriate treatment include:

  • Primary characteristics of the chosen treatment such as:
    • Effectiveness: How the chosen treatment will make your teeth look once treatment is over.
    • The doctor performing the treatment: Specifically, finding a doctor who is skilled and trained in your preferred treatment approach and whom you’re comfortable with.
    • The cost of the treatment: Including the total cost of the treatment, and also the potential cost of consultations and retention, and the personal cost of having a visible treatment in terms of confidence and lifestyle effects.
  • Other factors to consider include:
    • Duration of treatment and frequency of doctor visits, including that of the initial treatment and any retention.
    • Comfort of treatment, including whether the device can irritate your gums or the inside of your mouth.
    • Convenience, including whether the device can be removed to help you maintain your oral health during treatment.
    • Need for extractions.

Invisalign treatment can be a great solution for both adults and teens looking for a virtually invisible method to improve their smile. Our innovations and technological advancements make it possible to fix nearly all common teeth-straightening and bite issues, from simple to complex — all without interrupting your busy life. And, thanks to a discreet blue dot on the outside of teen aligners, parents can be sure their child is wearing their clear aligners enough.

During your consultation, we will discuss your teeth-straightening goals with you and examine your smile in order to determine your specific needs. We may also talk to you about how quickly you could reach your new smile, as well as your individual treatment cost.

We will most likely recommend scheduling a dental check-up and cleaning before you begin Invisalign treatment, to make sure your teeth and gums are in top health and to avoid unnecessary risks.

The length of treatment depends on multiple factors, like how complex your case is and how often you wear your aligners. We will determine exactly how long your treatment could take based on your specific needs. On average, Invisalign treatment time is 12 to 18 months2though you can start seeing results in a matter of weeks.

COVID-19 UPDATE

As always, your safety and the safety of our team is our priority.

The Team at Lumina Dental are maintaining full safety measures in accordance with ADA and NSW Health Guidelines.

This means that we are doing the following:

• Limiting the numbers in the clinic at any time
• Conducting a COVID-19 questionnaire and screening
• Patient temperature checks
• Hand sanitiser, wipes, sprays and washes at all points of contact including at the entry to the clinic
• Regular deep cleaning of communal areas
• All patients are treated with pre-procedural mouth rinses