What are clear aligners or what is Invisalign ?
Clear Aligners, virtually invisible and comfortable alternatives to traditional braces, have been growing in popularity among those seeking a straighter smile. Some popular brands of clear aligners include Sure Smile, Invisalign and SureSmile. If you’re considering Invisalign, it’s important to understand the treatment timeline, aligner maintenance, and post-treatment care. In this article, we’ll shed light on these aspects of Invisalign treatment to ensure you embark on a successful orthodontic journey.
Your teeth straightening treatment “The SureSmile Experience”: A tailored timeline
How long does Invisalign take?
At Grange Family Dental, our skilled practitioners create a personalised SureSmile treatment plan to suit your unique dental needs. While the average treatment takes 12 to 18 months, factors such as how complex the movements required are, patient compliance (you must wear the aligners 23 hours per day, only removing to eat and clean), and age can affect the timeline. Rest assured, our team will closely monitor your progress throughout the process.
How do clear aligners work? / What is Invisalign treatment?
In essence, your aligners will apply directed and controlled pressure to the teeth in a sequence with each individual tray creating small changes, until the teeth have been guided into their ideal position. Each set of your aligners will be perfectly calibrated to achieve a certain movement, so that by the end of your treatment all your teeth will be in their final desired position. Some movements require pressure to be applied in a way that would be very slow with a smooth tooth surface, so some small invisible ‘buttons’ of white filling material are temporarily added to a few teeth to help the trays ‘grip’ the tooth better, keeping the treatment period as short as possible. A small number of cases require pressure to be applied with elastic bands, usually only for a portion of the treatment period.
How to Clean your Clear Aligners / How to clean Invisalign
Aligner TLC: Simple Steps to Keep Your Aligner trays Sparkling
Caring for your aligners is essential for maintaining their effectiveness and your oral health. Here are some fuss-free tips:
- Give your aligners a rinse and gentle brush whenever you remove them.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and water.
- For a deep clean, soak your aligners in a denture cleaning solution or a solution of 1 cup of water with 1 tbs white vinegar.
- Don’t forget to practice good oral hygiene to keep plaque at bay – flossing daily during orthodontic treatment is a must!.
Straight teeth for Life: Preserving Your Smile with Retainers
Once your Sure Smile journey is complete, you’ll need to wear retainers to keep your new smile in place. Your dentist at Grange Family Dental will develop a custom retention plan for you, beginning with full-time wear and gradually transitioning to nighttime wear. Stick to this plan for lasting results.
Clear Aligners provide a discreet, personalised, and comfortable solution for those seeking a straighter smile. By understanding the treatment process, caring for your aligners, and committing to post-treatment retention, you’ll achieve and maintain a stunning smile. Begin your journey to a beautiful smile at Grange Family Dental, where you’ll enjoy the benefits of in-house orthodontic services and personalised care for the entire family. We offer a variety of orthodontic services making it easy for your family to access the care they need in one convenient location.
Our dedicated dentists and oral health therapists provide personalized, comprehensive care for all your orthodontic needs, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable experience for you and your loved ones.
How Much do invisible Braces Cost / lingual braces cost
Prices range depending on treatment complexity and patient compliance.
A short course can cost as little as $4000
A typical case will range from $7000-$8500 – we will assess your needs in a pre-treatment consultation to give you a ballpark figure, then complete a work-up using x-rays, models and photos