Invisalign ®


A beautiful smile exudes confidence and conveys emotion. With invisalign you can achieve a perfectly straight smile without anyone noticing it.


What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is one of the few systems which uses plastic aligners to move your teeth just like normal braces, except in a more discreet way since the aligners are clear.

It is custom made and fitted aligner that move your teeth in a slow and steady manner into alignment. Making way to that straight and beautiful smile.


Some terminologies:

Aligners = dental devices that are a transparent, plastic form of dental braces used to adjust teeth. – Source: Wikipedia

Aligner. Source: invisalign.com.au

Attachments = those oddly shaped composite materials which will help aid the movement of your teeth. Looks like this:

Source: Sensu.co.uk


Where are these “aligners” made?

The aligners are custom made by the 3D printing machines in North America shipped to our clinic. The diagnosis and treatment planning are done by Invisalign technicians and double checked by us.

The headquarters and the R&D department of Invisalign is located at
San Jose, California. But the whole Invisalign system started here in Sydney, Australia!

What are the usual treatment times for Invisalign?

Treatment times can vary depending on a lot of factors:

  • Vertical problems: Deep bites and open bites
  • Horizontal problems: cross-bite/scissor bites
  • Anterior-posterior problems ( or “forwards and backwards”):
  • The amount of crowding (measured in mm) which you currently have within your top and bottom dental arches

Because of this, the treatment time is very individually based. The best way to find out is to contact us and have a consultation in regards to it.,


What are the pros and cons of Invisalign compared to (traditional) braces?

Treatment optionPros (+)Cons (-)
Invisalign

  • "Almost invisible" which allows you to smile with confidence as compared to traditional braces where the wires and metal brackets can be seen.


  • Removable: the aligners themselves are made with SmartTrack® flexible material, making it super easy to put on and remove, unlike braces which are fixed.

  • And because of that, it makes it easier to brush and floss your teeth.

  • As well as being able to enjoy your favourite foods without it being stuck between the wires and braces.

  • Utilises 3D printing technology and visual treatment systems that allows both dentist and patient to see a clear timeline every stage of your treatment, giving you a clearer picture of what each stage involves.



  • Because it is removable, it will require a degree of discipline to wear it everyday


  • If you don't wear the aligners, the system will not work.


  • The aligners themselves can discolour relatively easily (giving it a brown stain), then again, it's not too much of a con as you'll be changing the aligners quite frequently


  • The attachments on your tooth can feel a bit rough and bumpy when the aligners are off. This is best alleviated by wearing your aligner more often or the use of orthodontic wax


  • Very limited in its range of treatment. This is due to the design of the appliance itself.

Traditional braces (metal/porcelain)

  • Allows a whole lot more tooth movement and corrections compared to Invisalign


  • This is due to the braces and wires placing more direct forces on the tooth itself.


  • Because the wires and brackets are placed for you by the dentist. You'll be wearing the device 24/7 passively. It makes the braces a "set and forget" type of appliance!


  • Because direct forces are placed on the teeth, the treatment time is usually faster than Invisalign.


  • Extremely through planning as it can help correct both skeletal and dental problems. Of course, it depends on your situation and how the braces are applied.



  • Can be a bit difficult in brushing and flossing your teeth. But there are ways to get around it.


  • Not discreet; very obvious that you're wearing braces.


  • Takes around 1-2 weeks to get used to the braces. You can get a few ulcers during this time due to your soft tissues not used to the device





Some heads up about having Invisalign

  • You must wear each aligner for at least 22 hours (as continuous as possible) a day during your treatment for best results and a timely outcome.
  • This is because for the first 8 hours of wearing any orthodontic device, the dental ligaments are just like a car engine warming up and your tooth are not actually moving!
  • For example: 10 hours of wear (10 – 8 = 2) means that you’re only moving your tooth for 2 hours.
  • Your teeth can accumulate bacteria and surface stains a bit quicker. This is due to the aligners pooling your saliva in your mouth. Good oral hygiene and regular visits to us can help reduce/eliminate those chances.


Are you ready to start your journey in having a great smile?