Orthodontic treatment for adults has come a long way in recent years. It used to be that, if you didn’t correct your tooth alignment during your younger years, you would end up with a crooked smile forever. Well, that’s not the case anymore with advanced cosmetic treatments such as Invisalign.
What is Invisalign Treatment?
Invisalign treatment is a type of teeth straightening treatment , commonly referred to as clear-aligners, that are designed by an orthodontist to help straighten your teeth.
Invisalign was originally developed in 1997 by Zia Chishti, in California, after struggling with his own orthodontic retainer treatment.
Invisalign acts as a transparent and non-fixed alternative to other teeth alignment treatments such as braces or metal retainers.
How does Invisalign Treatment work?
Invisalign uses a series of custom-made, virtually invisible aligners that you need to change every two weeks until your teeth have moved into the correct position. Each set of aligners builds on the previous set’s work, so set by set they are straightening your teeth over the course of your treatment.
The aligners are made from a clear, medical grade plastic so are virtually invisible. They look like a thin sports mouthguard and are tailored to fit the individual shape of your teeth and jaw. It is recommended you wear them for 20-22 hours per day to get the best results, but this means you can take them out for meals and when cleaning your teeth. They also give you the flexibility to take them out for family occasions or important client meetings at work.
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What Invisalign treatments are available?
Invisalign has designed four different types of aligners to suit all patient needs. At Aria Dental, we offer:
Invisalign Comprehensive: This is the most effective option if you need major orthodontic work. The aligners should start to deliver the results you want to see in around 12 to 18 months.
Invisalign Lite: For minor correction to the six front teeth, Invisalign Lite can straighten your teeth in as little as six months.
Invisalign Express: Problems with the six front teeth can also be corrected with Invisalign Express. You can expect to see results in just three months.
Invisalign also have a specific version just for children.
Invisalign First: Designed for children, Invisalign First aligners help to prepare the teeth and jaw if our Invisalign provider has identified potential orthodontic problems in your child. These aligners help to take a proactive approach to treatment and could help to reduce the extent of orthodontic work your child may require in their teenage years.
Invisalign aligners are also suitable for teens and we can include a blue dot wear indicator on each set of aligners as a reminder to wear them for the recommended 22 hours a day.
Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign aligners are popular for many reasons.
They’re hygienic: Patients can keep on top of their oral hygiene, because you can remove the aligners when eating, brushing and flossing.
They’re virtually invisible: The fact Invisalign aligners are clear means most people don’t even notice you’re wearing them.
They fit in with your lifestyle: The removable aligners make it possible to carry on playing sport and musical instruments – just remove the aligners and carry on as normal!
They straighten teeth quickly: In many cases, Invisalign treatment can be much faster than traditional braces. Your Invisalign provider will be able to tell you more about how long your treatment is expected to last.
For Invisalign Clear Aligners & Orthodontic Aria Dental Perth, book your consultation with Dr Alex Foo at Aria Dental and start your journey to a beautiful smile.
Dr Alex Foo – Invisalign Perth Dentist
Dr Alex Foo is an award winning dentist with multiple recognitions and awards in general, cosmetic and prosthodontic dentistry.
Dr Foo is a certified Platinum Invisalign Provider, QuickStraightTeeth and CFAST braces clinician. Be it using braces or clear aligners, Alex can straighten and align your teeth. He is highly trained in using dental implants, Invisalign, braces, composite resin and porcelain veneers to perform cosmetic improvements and smile make-overs.
Am I Eligible for Invisalign Treatment?
According to the Australian Society of Orthodontics, children 8-10 or older may be eligible for Invisalign treatment if their symptoms are mild to moderate in complexity. To determine if your an eligible candidate for Invisalign, as with all medical treatments, there are some things to consider when determining if Invisalign is suitable for you:
Physically – although Invisalign treatment is suitable for kids and older, you may need to seek a professional opinion to determine if your mis-alignment can be fixed with Invisalign, or if you need more advanced treatment.
Commitment – since the average Invisalign treatment time can be between 12 – 18 months and they are removable, the treatment requires a certain level of personal commitment to ensure the aligner remains in the mouth for at least 22 hours a day.
Insurance – Invisalign treatment is eligible by most private health insurance providers, but it’s important to check your specific provider or cover to make sure you aren’t missing out with your rebate amount.
How much does Invisalign Treatment cost in Perth?
The cost of an Invisalign treatment in Perth can range from $6,000 – $9,000 for full treatment and $4,000 – $5,000 for minor treatments. However, these costs depend on factors such as;
- Length of treatment
- Number of aligners needed
- Mid-treatment adjustments
Invisalign treatment is classified as orthodontic work, which is covered by private health insurance, but it is important to check your policy coverage first. If you need to change providers or increase your limit you will likely need to wait 12 months before you can claim.
As with any orthodontic treatment, it is important to understand that every patient has different requirements, so Invisalign costs may differ accordingly.
Invisalign Payment Options
We recommend taking time to investigate your financial options before proceeding with your dental implant treatment plan. Discuss your treatment with your Health Fund, your family and/or your trusted financial adviser.
When accepting your treatment plan, our Dental Implant Treatment Coordinator will guide you through your treatment journey, including paying for your treatment and key payment dates. Whether it is self-funded or third-party financed, we do require you to settle your account in a timely manner, in accordance with our payment terms.
- 50% – Deposit to secure your surgery appointment
- 50% – Due on or before the day of surgery, prior to treatment
Other – as advised during your dental implant consult appointment, should you require bone grafting or other additional treatment during surgery, you will be invoiced these costs post treatment with the expectation that it be settled within 2 business days.
Why should you see an Orthodontist?
Many of our patients are surprised to learn that crooked teeth and a bad bite is often directly linked to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of tooth enamel, headaches, and jaw joint (TMJ/TMD) pain. A dentist led orthodontic treatment can help you with all these underlying problems while delivering you an excellent cosmetic result.
6 Benefits of orthodontic treatment as an adult
- Improved personal appearance
- Improved self-esteem
- Improved teeth and gum health
- Improved bite
- Reduced jaw joint pain and stop headaches
- Reduced wear on teeth
Alternative Orthodontic Treatment Options
We understand that getting braces as an adult can be a bit daunting, but with improvements in dental technology your options can include slimline metal braces, translucent braces or transparent aligners. Aria Dental’s Dr Alex Foo has delivered fantastic results with orthodontic treatments on many of our adult patients. He understands that a perfect smile does wonders for your self-esteem and can drastically improve their health and wellbeing.
Metal braces are the most common type of braces. Developed from a high-grade stainless steel, they are small in size, and designed to improve your comfort.
Clear braces are made from translucent material and are most popular with adults due to their cosmetic appeal. There are a few minor inconveniences to ceramic brackets. They are more fragile in design and discolouring can sometimes occur with the elastic ties between orthodontic visits.
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We’ve put together some of the most common Invisalign FAQs to help you make an informed decision.
How to clean Invisalign?
- Soaking aligners in denture or retainer cleaning solution
- Lightly brushing with toothpaste
- Soaking in Invisalign brand cleaning crystals