Invisalign FAQs

Here you can read the answers to our most frequently asked questions regarding treatment with Invisalign clear aligners at Alexandra Street Dental in Sydney.

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Below you can read the answers to our most frequently asked questions about Invisalign.

What are Invisalign clear aligners?

The Invisalign clear aligner treatment is a series of transparent, custom-made aligners that straighten your teeth without using brackets or metal wires.

3D computer imaging technology is used during the consultation process to create a treatment plan based on your unique needs.

A series of custom clear aligners will be manufactured to fit your teeth precisely during each stage of your nvisalign treatment.

How does the Invisalign process work?

Invisalign's clear plastic aligners are designed to shift your teeth by tiny increments as your treatment goes on. You'll wear each aligner for approximately two weeks before replacing it with the next one in the series.

This process will continue until your teeth are in their corrected positions. The duration of your Invisalign treatment will be determined by your dentist based on your specific needs.

How long does Invisalign treatment take?

Your dentist will determine the length of your Invisalign treatment based on your specific requirements.

Factors that could determine the duration of your treatment include the misalignment of your teeth or jaw, the shape of your bite, and the amount of movement needed to correct the problem.

What are Invisalign aligners made of?

Invisalign clear aligners are made from USP Class VI medical-grade, high molecular weight, polyurethane resins. They are BPA-free.

How often do I have to visit the dentist?

Invisalign aligners don't require any adjustments or tightening (you just switch to a new set of aligners every two weeks) but, your dentist will schedule brief appointments with you every 4 - 6 weeks.

At these appointments, your dentist will take the opportunity to review your progress and general oral health, answer any of your questions, and make adjustments to your treatment as required.

What are the primary features of Invisalign?

Invisalign aligners are:

  • A discreet treatment option
  • Smooth construction to make them more comfortable
  • Don't require adjustment appointments
  • Removable for eating, brushing, and flossing

How much does Invisalign cost?

The cost will depend on the severity of your case and the length of your treatment. For example, the more severe the malocclusion, the more aligners you will require and the more your treatment will cost.

What financing options do you offer?

We offer financing through WayDent to help support your Invisalign treatment journey. Speak to your dentist or click here to learn more.

How will Invisalign fit my lifestyle?

You could find that Invisalign fits into your day-to-day life very comfortably.

You can take your aligners out when you need to eat or brush and floss your teeth. That means absolutely no dietary restrictions, and brushing and flossing is as easy as ever.

Are there any food or drink restrictions?

You can remove your Invisalign aligners to eat. As a result, you won't have any dietary restrictions when it comes to Invisalign, so you can continue to eat all the foods you love!

To avoid staining your clear aligners, we recommend removing them to drink beverages such as wine, coffee, or dark soda beverages.

How many sets of aligners will I need?

The answer to this question will be based on the severity of your misalignment condition.

Only your dentist is able to give you an accurate estimate of how long your treatment will take, depending on the careful evaluation of your bite during the initial consultation.

Can adults use Invisalign?

Yes! Anyone with healthy teeth and gums could be a potential candidate for Invisalign.

Can teenagers use Invisalign?

Yes! Teenagers can be candidates for Invisalign. In fact, Invisalign has made a line of aligners specifically to meet the unique needs of teens.

Invisalign Teen aligners have compliance indicators on them (small blue dots that fade away after the aligners have been worn for two full weeks) to help teens stay on course with their treatment.

They also include eruption tabs that provide space for second molars and prevent them from growing in crooked.

How often do I have to change my Invisalign aligners?

Most patients switch to a new set of aligners about every two weeks. Your dentist will let your know exactly how often you have to be switching your aligners.

How do I clean my aligners?

Rinse your aligners each time you remove them to wash away dry saliva and plaque that can result in dental decay and bad breath.

Soak your aligners in a denture cleaner, Retainer Brite, and/or the official Invisalign cleaning crystals.

Brush and floss your teeth prior to placing your aligners back on. Good oral hygiene is important when maintaining healthy teeth and avoiding cavities and decay. When you don' brush or floss properly food debris and bacteria can get trapped between your teeth and aligner, increasing your risk of bad breath and dental issues.

Clean your aligners with a clear, soft anti-bacterial soap. Clear anti-bacterial soap can be an excellent and inexpensive way to keep your aligners clear, fresh, and free of harmful bacteria.

Brush your aligners gently so you don't scratch them, and then rinse the soap off. Then you're done!

Can I play sports with Invisalign?

Invisalign aligners are removable so you can keep playing sports without having to worry about damaging your aligners.

However, you have to remember that Invisalign aligners have to worn for at least 22 hours a day, so manage your time carefully.

You might also want to get a sports mouthguard to protect your teeth, as orthodontic treatment can slightly loosen your teeth as they shift into their new positions, making them more susceptible to damage.

Can I play my instrument with Invisalign?

Yes! Just take your aligners out to practice playing your instrument, and put them back on when you're finished.

How do I store my aligners?

You will be given a case with your Invisalign aligners, and this is where you should put your aligners every time you remove them to keep them safe.

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