Invisalign Aligners in Brisbane
The Edward St Dental team knows how important a beautiful smile is to our patients, so we offer Invisalign for straighter teeth. We’ve seen how misaligned teeth, gaps, and overlaps can cause a person to hide their teeth from the world. Feeling self-conscious about your smile can impact relationships with friends and family, co-workers, or even just a person on the street.
We don’t want patients to feel embarrassed by their smiles, so our Invisalign® dentists in Brisbane, CBD can help you choose the most effective ways to straighten your teeth. We recommend the best clear aligner technology made by companies like Invisalign and Smile Styler.
- How Invisalign Plastic Aligners Work
- Conditions Invisalign Technology Can Correct
- Getting Started with Invisalign Treatment
- The Cost of Invisalign in Brisbane
- How Long Do Invisalign Results Last?
- Invisalign Treatment at Edward St Dental
How Invisalign Plastic Aligners Work
Invisalign has many advantages to traditional braces, primarily being comfortable fit and manageability. Your clear aligners are made from a unique polymer blend that is less irritating than metal and wires. You also can take out your Invisalign trays when you eat so that you may enjoy all your favourite foods. You also remove them to brush and floss, which improves your hygiene routine.
Patients near Brisbane also choose clear aligners because they blend with your teeth and are practically invisible. Where metal brackets are obtrusive, plastic aligners live up to their name. A discreet appearance makes Invisalign popular with older teens and adults concerned about having a mouth full of metal. In summation, comfort, removability, and discretion make clear aligners an ideal way to straighten your smile.
Conditions Invisalign Technology Can Correct
Orthodontic treatments come with various options because so many different tooth alignment challenges exist. The Invisalign system can address many of these challenges, among them being:
- Overbite – When your upper jaw extends such that your upper teeth protrude past your lower teeth, Invisalign aligners gradually move your lower jaw forward.
- Underbite – The opposite of overbite, this occurs when your lower teeth are in front of your upper teeth when you close your mouth
- Crossbite – When some upper teeth stick out in front of your lower teeth, while other upper teeth are behind their lowers, Invisalign can correct some cases
- Open Bite – If your mouth is closed, but your upper and lower front teeth don’t come together enough to touch, Invisalign can fix this.
- Teeth Gaps – When two or more teeth have more space between them than they should, leaving spaces which is one of the main misalignments, Invisalign can correct
- Crowded Teeth – If your jaw is too narrow, your teeth bunch up, overlap or sometimes twist in various directions, which is a challenge met by Invisalign
- Minor Misalignments – Any combination of crowding and bite issues can contribute to misalignments which Invisalign may be able to correct, sometimes with augmentations.
If any combination of these issues impacts your smile, we encourage you to contact our dental clinic to schedule an assessment with our Invisalign dentists in Brisbane.
Getting Started with Invisalign Treatment
The first step in Invisalign treatment is an oral assessment at our dental practice. The Edward St Dental professionals will examine your teeth to ensure you are a good candidate for clear aligners. Then, we will measure your mouth and teeth to create a treatment plan that will help you attain your smile goals. This consultation is also where we can determine details like treatment length and the cost of Invisalign.
The Cost of Invisalign in Brisbane
An Invisalign dentist at Edward St Dental will tell you that the treatment length and cost fall in a wide range depending on the complexity of your individual situation. However, a general relationship does exist between treatment time and cost as a longer-term will mean a more significant number of aligner trays.
Also, more complicated treatments may require additional appliances to make the trays more effective. Finally, you may need a retainer post-treatment to keep your teeth in their new position.
If you are a candidate for clear aligners, you may have some influence over your treatment cost by following all recommendations. Dentists report that the top reason patients do not see the anticipated results of their treatment is that they don’t wear their aligners long enough each day. Unlike other removable dental appliances like full dentures, you do wear your aligners while you sleep.
We can assure you that all anticipated costs will be a part of your plan so that nothing will catch you by surprise. By following the plan recommended by the Edward St Dental team, you can avoid surprise increases, and by visiting your Invisalign regularly, we can check to see that you’re on track.
How Long Do Invisalign Results Last?
When your treatment phase of the Invisalign process has ended, your smile should appear aligned and as expected when you began. But as with any orthodontic treatment, you will need to support your teeth in their new positioning. Without any attention, your teeth may easily slip out of alignment.
To protect your investment, we will follow up treatment with a retainer. You usually wear this appliance while you sleep to help your teeth stay in place. For most adults, retainer use is necessary over time. You will also want to wear a mouthguard when participating in sports or any other activity that could damage your teeth. An ounce of prevention will undoubtedly save you a pound of cure!
At this time, you may also notice other flaws that clear aligners aren’t designed to treat, such as discolouration, chips or other minor damage. Dr Pulvinenti’s team can offer you multiple methods to improve these challenges. For example, we can correct surface flaws with lab-made porcelain restorations like dental veneers, inlays and crowns.
You can also take advantage of our professional whitening treatments if you want to add brightness to your new smile. Our in-office whitening system uses concentrated whitening agents shown to whiten teeth up to eight shades in one treatment. Edward St Dental features a whitening specialist who can help you decide if teeth whitening is the best choice for you.
Invisalign Treatment at Edward St Dental
From the data we gather in your initial visit, a specialised lab will produce several aligners customised to your mouth. You will begin the first aligner in the series, wearing them based on Dr Pulvirenti’s recommendations, which are:
- Wear your aligner 20-22 hours per day
- Change to the next aligner after about 2-3 weeks
- Remove your aligner for eating, drinking, brushing and flossing
- Maintain periodic check-ups to ensure the effectiveness of the treatment
As Invisalign slowly moves your teeth into their desired positions, you will see first-hand progress. Your aligners should fit well, but Dr Matthew Pulvirenti could augment them with small restorations on teeth which will help them into their final location and alignment. Then, all you need to do is wear them as recommended and watch your new smile emerge.
Schedule an Appointment for Invisalign in Brisbane
Crooked and misaligned teeth don’t have to make you hate your smile. Your teeth can look and function better after completing the Invisalign or Smile Styler treatment. In addition to clear aligners, Edward St Dental offers various other services for cosmetic dentistry. So we invite you to contact the Edward St Dental team to schedule a visit and start on your way to a smile you will love.
Edward St Dental is located at the intersection of Edward St and Mary St in the Frog's Hollow neighbourhood of Brisbane CBD. We happily provide Invisalign treatment for patients in Brisbane and nearby areas, including Fortitude Valley, Newstead, Red Hill, Woolloongabba, Hawthorne, and beyond. So if you are ready to start Invisalign, contact our practice today.