Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Get Invisalign?
If you speak to a dentist about straightening your teeth and they recommend aligners, then you can get Invisalign. Invisalign is a well-known brand of clear aligners, but they are not the only brand. In Australia, people often think of all clear aligners as being Invisalign. There are many different brands of clear aligners. At Central Brisbane Dental we prefer to use ClearPath aligners. We believe ClearPath aligners are superior and you can find out more here. In short, ClearPath use a patented micro crisscross pattern that allows the aligners to better grip your teeth. This avoids the need for the dentist to glue little bits of composite resin to the teeth that is commonly used with other clear aligner brands. These bits of composite resin are disliked for being visually noticeable and hard to clean, and often need to be replaced as they come away. Cost is also a factor, Invisalign is the established brand in Australia and costs to our patients are in most cases lower when using ClearPath.
Do Aligners Work?
In most straight forward cases, clear aligners work as well or better than traditional metal and wire braces. From a patient perspective, clear aligners are advantageous as they are easier than braces to get used to, and more socially acceptable as they are virtually invisible. Aligners can also be taken out to eat and clean the teeth while braces cannot. In complex cases, braces are still needed to move the teeth. You can book a free cosmetic consultation with one of our dentists to evaluate your ability to straighten your teeth with aligner orthodontics.
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Are Aligners Bad For Your Teeth?
A patient who is straightening their teeth with aligner orthodontics is better able to practice good dental hygiene compared to someone who is receiving treatment with braces. Aligners can and should be removed during eating and drinking, and are kept clean separately from the teeth. Patients are able to brush and floss as normal by removing the aligners. If food remains are caught in braces, it can be difficult for the patient to clean these areas. As with all dental treatment, it is important that the patient practices good dental hygiene during treatment and follows the directions provided by their dentist with their use of clear aligners. Failure to keep aligners in at most times and not having regular checkups can lead to complications, most of which are not serious but could have been avoided.
How Long Do I Need To Wear Aligners?
The length of time you need to wear aligners varies from case to case. In some instances you may only need minor alignment and a 12 to 24 week course might be suitable for you. In the most complex cases, your course could be as long as 18 months. Most cases take approximately 12 months. If you do not use your aligners are recommended, your treatment time may increase.
Are Aligners Better Than Braces?
From a teeth straightening point of view, aligners and braces both provide the same desired straightening result. They differ on how the result is achieved. From a purely aesthetic point of view, aligners are better than braces due to them being virtually invisible. From a dental hygiene perspective, aligners are better than braces as they can be removed for eating and cleaning of the teeth.
How Much Do Aligners Cost?
Costs of aligner treatment are directly related to the complexity of the teeth straightening you require and the number of aligners needed to treat the case. If you have fairly minor teeth crowding or spacing, you may only require a few aligners to correct this, and the cost starts at $2599. If you have severe teeth crowding or spacing, you will need many aligners to correct this, and the cost may be up to $6000. We allow patients to pay 50% upfront and pay off the remaining balance over the course of their treatment.
Do Clear Aligners Hurt?
As with any dental treatment, there can be some pain associated with clear aligners. Some discomfort can happen when you start using aligners for the first time or switch to a new aligner. This discomfort is typically minor and passes within a few days. If pain persists you can reach out to your dentist who can check and make sure the aligners are working as intended. Clear aligners are straightening your teeth through a gradual process of movement and some minor discomfort should be expected. Major pain levels may be a symptom of an underlying dental issue that may require specific treatment and you should always consult your dentist for a dental emergency of this nature.
Aligner Orthodontics Procedure and Cost
Step 1 30 Minute Appointment – Free Cosmetic Consult
|Item 015 Long Consultation|
Description : Evaluation of teeth crowding and spacing, the bite and if appropriate for clear aligner orthodontic treatment
Give referral form to X-ray Clinic to get OPG and Lat Ceph (full mouth and side profile 2D scans, bulk billed under Medicare – some practices charge $200 or more for these, we refer out as it is cheaper for the patient with Medicare coverage – Comprehensive evaluation of the teeth, jaw bone and side profile
Step 2 1 Hour Appointment – Record Taking to Produce Treatment Plan and Aligners
|Item 825 x2 Clear Aligner Treatment Upper and Lower Teeth|
Description : Includes record taking and analysis, treatment plan with before and projected after images, all orthodontic review appointments, all aligners and a set of retainers
|Item 015 Long Consultation|
Description : Orthodontic assessment and analysis of impressions and x-ray and photographic records
|Item 071 x2 Impressions of Upper and Lower Teeth|
Description : Impressions of Upper and Lower Teeth
|Item 072 Intraoral Photographic Records|
Description : Intraoral Photographic Records
|Item 073 Extraoral Photographic Records|
Description : Extraoral Photographic Records
Step 3 30 Minute Appointment – Discussion of Treatment Plan
Description : Discussion of Treatment Plan With Before and Projected After Images
Step 4 30 Minute Appointment – Insertion of 1st Aligners
Description : Insertion of 1st Aligners and Discussion About Use
Step 5 Regular 15 – 30 Minute Appointments
Description : Review of Aligner Progression, Adjustments as Needed
Step 6 15 Minute Appointment - Insertion of Retainers
Description : Insertion of Retainers Once Aligner Treatment is Complete
Time For Your Teeth To Get In Line!
Everyone wants straight teeth but more and more patients are unwilling to wear conventional braces to achieve the result. Having visible wires and brackets on the teeth has become unacceptable aesthetically which has led to the development of aligner orthodontics or “invisible braces”.
It’s not just the look of metal braces that puts people off. Metal braces have a reputation of being harder to maintain and clean. Many people who have used metal braces have found them to be physically uncomfortable. Aligner Orthodontics address these issues by providing a less intrusive, more comfortable and easier to manage process to straightening teeth. In many cases, they work in the same amount of time and produce the same end result.
$0 Check-up and Clean
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Free Cosmetic Consult
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With aligner orthodontics, the patient wears a series of clear, wafer-thin, removable aligners, which gently guide the teeth from their present position to the desired position. Each aligner is worn 22 hours per day for 2 weeks to move the teeth a certain degree before the next aligner continues the straightening process. The aligners are customised for each patient, giving predictable, effective results.
Due to their design, aligners have significant advantages over traditional braces with wires and brackets. The aligners are clear so they appear nearly invisible to the eye. They are wafer-thin so they are more comfortable to wear and cause less irritation and tissue trauma. They are completely removable which makes it much easier to clean the teeth as well as eat and drink.
What's The Best Way To Line Up?
When it comes to orthodontics and teeth straightening, most people prefer aligners over brackets and wires. Here are some benefits of using aligners for teeth straightening:
- No need for brackets and wires
- Virtually invisible when worn
- More socially acceptable
- Easier to maintain
- Can take out to clean the teeth and eat
- Less intrusive
- More comfortable
- Less trauma to soft tissues
- Just as effective as braces
Lots Of Ways To Straighten Things Out!
There are many brands of orthodontic aligners available such as Invisalign, ClearCorrect and ClearPath. You may of heard more about some of these brands than others. That is probably more to do with marketing then it is to do with results. At Central Brisbane Dental, we choose to use ClearPath. Why have we chosen to work with ClearPath? Well for us the journey to the end result is just as important as the end result. We are all about promoting short and long term dental health and aesthetics, and in our opinion ClearPath provides the best aligner to do this.
Unlike other brands, ClearPath’s patented technology allows each aligner to grip the teeth and move them precisely without the need for attachments on the teeth. Attachments are usually shapes of plastic filling material bonded onto the teeth to help them move when wearing orthodontic aligners. Although this filling material is removed after treatment is complete, they are disadvantageous during treatment. Teeth with attachments are less aesthetically pleasing, are harder to clean and are not as smooth as teeth without attachments. The filling material may also come off during eating and drinking, may be accidently swallowed and need to be replaced.
Why ClearPath Clear Aligners vs Invisalign When It Comes To Aligner Orthodontics?
Aligner orthodontics or aligner orthodontic treatment simply means using clear aligners to straighten teeth. Clear aligners are basically thin, see-through, layers of special plastic material that are moulded to precisely fit your teeth. They grip your teeth and move them by making your teeth follow the same shape as the moulded material. By wearing a series of clear aligners, teeth will move little by little over time, giving straight teeth after all sets are completed. Invisalign is one brand of clear aligners. It is well known as it was the first brand to provide aligner orthodontics in Brisbane and around the world. There are now many brands of clear aligners. So what’s the difference between other brands of clear aligners vs Invisalign? Basically all brands of clear aligners are very similar and all effective. At our Brisbane CBD dental clinic, we use ClearPath clear aligners over Invisalign or other brands. This is because Invisalign and other brands of clear aligners often require the dentist to glue little shapes for filling material onto the teeth, called attachments, to help their clear aligners grip and move the teeth. Patients and dentists alike hate these attachments as they are more visible, don’t feel nice to the tongue, are harder to clean, and can come away and need replacing. ClearPath clear aligners have a special patented surface that grips and moves the teeth without the need for these attachments. When you come see us at our Brisbane CBD dental clinic for ClearPath aligner orthodontics, our dentists will take photos of your teeth and smile, moulds of your teeth and gums, and give you a referral form to get special x-rays done that are bulk billed by Medicare if you have a Medicare card. These are sent to ClearPath and are analysed by their team of specialist orthodontists who provide us with an aligner orthodontics treatment plan for your case which includes before and after images. The clear aligners are made once you and your dentist are happy to proceed with the treatment plan or the treatment plan can be modified. The treatment is then carried out by your dentist so the aligner orthodontics cost to you is much reduced. Patients still receive input from a team of orthodontic specialists and the prices for clear aligners are much more affordable to patients in this way compared to going to a specialist orthodontist.
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