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Invisalign 101: Everything You Need to Know

Invisalign 101: Everything You Need to Know

All your Invisalign questions answered: How it works, cost, treatment time and more

Invisalign is a modern, non-invasive treatment to correct misaligned teeth. Using specially designed clear trays, Invisalign gradually corrects a host of common dental complaints:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crooked smile
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crowding
  • Open bite
  • Crossbite

The alignment process is discreet, digitally designed, and tailored to your requirements. There are many benefits to using Invisalign aligners over traditional braces. However, before you commit to the treatment, it’s essential you know what to expect.

You probably have questions. Here at Pitt Street Dental Centre, we are one of the top Invisalign providers in Sydney, which means we can provide some clarity to get you started.

If you’re ready to seek advice on Invisalign treatment in Sydney after reading, then we are more than happy to help.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Most of our patients ask the big question first: what are the benefits of Invisalign treatment?

  • Clear trays are hardly noticeable
  • Removable trays make eating, drinking, and brushing easy
  • On average, Invisalign works faster in comparison to traditional braces
  • We plan the treatment digitally to show you the final treatment outcome
  • Digital monitoring tools and virtual appointments to reduce the number of appointments
  • Treatment is tailored entirely to your needs and lifestyle

The medical answer, of course, depends on your dental details. We can answer this one more in-depth after a consultation in our Sydney Invisalign clinic.

How Invisalign treatment works

Step 1: Consultation

Before you commit to Invisalign treatment, you can visit our central Sydney clinic for an orthodontic consultation. Our team will take detailed 3D scans to plan your treatment. You can even get a glimpse of the possible before and after before you leave!

Step 2: ClinCheck session

Here at Pitt Street Dental Centre, we understand that Invisalign treatment can be truly life-changing. During your ClinCheck visit, we will take you through your detailed treatment plan with a digital visualisation of the possible results. In this session, we will go through the specifics of your treatment, including whether you might need any buttons or attachments.

Step 3: Trays made for you

Invisalign trays are custom-made to fit your teeth and delivered within 3 weeks. The trays align your teeth by applying gentle, constant pressure. As the treatment progresses, the series of customised trays align your teeth over time.

You may experience some discomfort as you adjust to the feeling. However, multiple studies comparing Invisalign to braces have shown the Invisalign to be more comfortable compared to metal braces.

Step 4: Come back to see us

We may schedule 6-10 weekly appointments in our Sydney Invisalign clinic. There are also digital check-in options, which can mean taking less time off work or not needing to travel.

Step 5: Smile, you’re done!

Invisalign treatment time can range from as little as 8 weeks to over 24 months.

If you stick to our recommendations, using the clear trays for up to 22 hours per day and cleaning them regularly, then treatment can sometimes be shorter than we predict in the first consultation.

Step 6: Remember your retainer

We will get you fitted with retainers to keep your corrected smile in place forever. After Invisalign treatment, you will need to wear the retainer regularly – but we’ll explain everything when the time comes.

Quick questions about Invisalign

How much does Invisalign treatment cost?

Invisalign treatment in Australia starts from $3,500. Although costs can vary depending on your requirements, for example, the complexity, how many appointments you need, and the treatment length.

The investment is similar to traditional braces. And it is an investment for your smile and for your new amazing smile.

How long does Invisalign treatment take?

Invisalign treatment duration depends on the complexity of the your treatment.  The average treatment time frame is 9-12 months. It can be short as 8 weeks or it can take over 2 years for a complex orthodontic problem.

Why should I choose Invisalign instead of braces?

Traditional braces require brackets and visible wires to correct misaligned teeth. Compared to braces, Invisalign clear aligners are:

  • Less visible (almost invisible)
  • Removable for easy cleaning
  • Less intrusive in your mouth
  • More comfortable
  • No emergencies such as wire breaking or bracket coming off
  • Less irritating to the gums, tongue, and lips
  • Customised for you only
  • You can still eat whatever you want

Are there limitations to Invisalign?

Invisalign is truly a breakthrough in modern cosmetic dentistry. However, it doesn’t treat every orthodontic problem. Sometimes it is also combined with other procedures such as veneers, whitening, or jaw surgery to give you the perfect time.

The good news is our Sydney cosmetic dentists can create a personalised treatment plan and go through all the options with you when you visit Pitt Street Dental Centre.

Will it affect my lifestyle (or my speech?)

One of the biggest benefits of Invisalign trays is that they are removable. You take them out to eat, drink, and when you clean your teeth.

Do I remove my Invisalign trays to eat and drink?

Yes, you will take out the trays to eat and drink. And you will also need to clean the trays regularly to prevent harmful bacteria from building up in your teeth. Unlike braces, which can be difficult to clean after some foods, with Invisalign, you don’t need to give up your favourite foods to enjoy the benefit of a straightened smile.

The final question: Why should I choose Pitt Street Dental Centre for Invisalign treatment?

Pitt Street Dental Centre has helped nearly 2000 clients show off a confident smile through tailored, professional Invisalign treatment.

We take the time to explain everything, including the costs, payment plans, treatment schedule, alternative options and expected results. And for 7 years running, Invisalign Australia awarded our clinic ‘Platinum Elite’ status. This is a recognition of our experience and professionalism as one of Sydney’s top Invisalign providers.

Ready to realign your smile?

You can take the first steps today by booking a no-obligation, completely complimentary orthodontic or Invisalign consultation. We’re looking forward to seeing you and your smile soon!

How Effective are Invisible Braces vs Traditional Braces?

How Effective are Invisible Braces vs Traditional Braces?

If you’ve grown up with crooked teeth, an overbite or maybe even overcrowding, it’s likely you have considered getting braces to straighten your teeth. Or if you have children, your dentist may have recommended that your child needs braces.

Previously, the main choice for many patients was the traditional set of braces – you know, the ones with wire, tiny rubber bands and metal brackets. However, over the past decade, invisible braces such as Invisalign have grown as a popular alternative to traditional braces.

So what exactly is the difference between invisible braces and traditional braces, which type is more effective and what is better value for money? Check out the Pitt Street Dental Centre guide to invisible braces in Sydney below.


What is the Difference Between Invisible and Traditional Braces?

Orthodontists often recommend braces as a way to improve problems such as improper jaw position, crooked teeth, overbites, underbites and crowded teeth.



As the name suggests, invisible braces, such as Invisalign, are designed to adjust your teeth without being seen. They achieve this invisible look with aligner trays made of BPA-free plastic, which sit comfortably over your teeth. A series of plastic aligners are provided to the patient, with each aligner designed to slowly and subtly move your teeth into the correct place.


Traditional Braces

On the flip side, traditional braces are made up of metal brackets that are bonded to your teeth, and then connected by wires and rubber bands. The brackets on the teeth are tightened every four weeks or so to align the teeth. The metal brackets are available in a range in colours, from shades that provide a closer match to your teeth colour to those that stand out.


Are Invisible Braces & Traditional Braces Effective in All Cases?

Both types of braces are designed to effectively treat your orthodontic problem and ultimately, leave you with straight teeth. However, the severity of your case will ultimately determine which type of braces will be more effective.

For more simple cases, such as crowded teeth, crooked teeth, overbites, underbites, open bites and gapped teeth, both invisible braces and traditional braces can be an effective treatment option.

However, with more severe problems such as malocclusions, extremely crooked teeth or crossbites, traditional braces are a more effective choice, as they are designed to provide more specialised alignment and treatment. Using the bonded metal brackets, wires and bands, traditional braces can adjust the teeth in a way that invisible braces may not.

As invisible braces are custom fit to suit your mouth, they are also a better choice for adults and teenagers, rather than young children. Most young children are losing baby teeth and growing their adult molars, which makes fitting a tight custom aligner a difficult task.


What is the Cost of Each Option?

When it comes to cost, investing in your smile provides more than just a cosmetic benefit – straight teeth are easier to clean, can make eating easier and can improve your gum health.

While straightening your teeth can certainly be considered an investment, patients will find that Invisalign treatments typically cost more than traditional braces. However, the overall cost of each type of braces will differ, depending on how extensive your treatment is.

At Pitt Street Dental Centre, we recognise the importance of straightening your teeth, so we offer payment plans to assist our patients to pay off the treatment over time.


Length and Impact of the Treatment

A huge selling point of wearing invisible braces in Sydney is the treatment time and the way they impact the teeth overall.


Treatment Time and Check Ups

With traditional braces, patients need to wear the braces for 24 hours a day, seven days a week for an average of two years, depending on the severity of the treatment required. In comparison, invisible braces such as Invisalign are worn for approximately 22-24 hours a day, for anywhere between six to 18 months in total.
Overall, Invisalign may take longer to adjust some problems, as the plastic aligners aren’t as strong as traditional braces and also require patients to follow their set schedule for wearing and changing aligners

When it comes to adjusting your braces to further your treatment, traditional braces require adjustment from an orthodontics specialist in Sydney every month, whilst the patient can change Invisalign aligner trays every two weeks, with a visit to your orthodontist for a check up every four to six weeks.


Cleanliness and Tooth Decay

They say cleanliness is next to godliness, so which type of braces are better for keeping your teeth and mouth clean?

Traditional braces can often trap food under the wires, resulting in a build up of particles on your teeth, which can ultimately lead to staining. This type of braces may also be restrictive to the patient, making the consumption of sticky or hard foods difficult.

On the other hand, Invisalign must be removed before a patient eats. This allows the patient to consume food and drink without the build up around awkward wires and brackets, resulting in less chance of staining or tooth decay from bacteria build up.

However, keeping the teeth clean with Invisalign also relies on the patient brushing their teeth after each meal and flossing regularly. Without keeping up a basic hygiene regime after each meal, patients risk staining their teeth attachments – which leads many patients to having a “work” toothbrush kit, a “travel” toothbrush kit and a “home” toothbrush kit to ensure they keep their invisible braces, well, invisible!


Pain and Discomfort

Unfortunately, any treatment that requires the altering and adjustment of your teeth will come with some discomfort.

If patients opt for traditional braces, they may experience some pain, discomfort and potential sores from their brackets, wires or general tooth movement.

With Invisalign braces in Sydney, patients may, at most, have discomfort from the gradual tooth movement. The aligner trays are smooth and made from plastic, resulting in less pain from unfamiliar wires or brackets.


Invisible Braces in Sydney

Take the first step in achieving that perfect, straight smile with invisalign braces in Sydney, brought to you by the professional team at Pitt Street Dental Centre.

Our team are experienced in providing quality Invisalign treatments to our clients, with the aim to give you a confident, flawless smile.

So if you’re ready for a brand new smile, contact the team at Pitt Street Dental Centre today to find out more about invisible braces in Sydney!


The Benefits of Invisalign Braces

The Benefits of Invisalign Braces

An ideal solution for adults and professionals, Invisalign is an ideal alternative to braces while still giving you a flawless smile. Allowing you to eat, drink and participate in all social occasions stress-free, Invisalign has many benefits to the wearer.

Unlike traditional braces that include imposing metal brackets and wires, Invisalign is easily removable and appears clear. Here are a few reasons to choose Invisalign over traditional metal braces:


Digital scanning

Generally recommended in conjunction with 3D digital scanning, the benefits of Invisalign treatment begin before you receive your aligners. This painless procedure is much less invasive than traditional impressions of the teeth using moulds. This scan is also much less intrusive than traditional X-Rays.



As Invisalign trays are completely clear, wearing them will not detract from your smile. Blending seamlessly into your smile, the discreet nature of Invisalign permit you to throw yourself into life without the embarrassment or stigma of wearing conventional metal braces. The trays can also be removed for any special occasions


Low maintenance

As Invisalign only need to be maintained every 6 weeks on average. You will save an exorbitant amount of time, money and effort by choosing them over braces. Caring for the trays is an extremely simple daily task that involves brushing them down before you brush your teeth, ensuring correct dental hygiene. Build-up and bacteria are a worry of the past.



The smooth plastic Invisalign trays are made of make for a considerably more comfortable experience than traditional metal braces. There are no sharp/imposing metal pieces of Invisalign – and as the trays are custom-made for your mouth, there is no discomfort or issues with ill-fitting mechanisms or no risk of cuts within the mouth. Speaking is also easy – as the trays are extremely thin, so your tongue and lips can easily adjust to this slight change.



Conventional metal braces can severely affect demineralisation and decaying teeth, as they use a great deal of force to assist the teeth straightening process. Invisalign wearers can rest assured that clear braces reduce the damage normally associated with metal braces, including cavities, discomfort or gum disease.


Fewer food restrictions

Food restrictions are an unattractive reality about many teeth straightening orthodontic options. However, by simply removing Invisalign trays before eating, you can eat whatever you’d like! The trays slide back into your mouth with ease after finishing a meal.


Multi-functional trays

Wearing Invisalign while participating in sporting activities can provide your mouth with more protection. The trays can also be used overnight to prevent your teeth from grinding as you sleep, or perhaps to shelve teeth whitening solution for DIY whitening treatments.


At Pitt Street Dental Centre, our experienced Sydney dentists skilled in providing Invisalign braces to a plethora of satisfied clients (and smiles) across the city. Book a consultation with our Invisalign providers now on (02) 9223 4767.

Invisalign VS Braces

Invisalign VS Braces

A healthy and confident smile with straight teeth is the best way to boost your confidence, and at Pitt St Dental Centre we have a range of orthodontic treatments that can help you achieve this goal. Our team of highly trained dental professionals will personalise your service and treatment plan to ensure you walk away with a beautiful, confident smile.

Both braces and Invisalign were designed to straighten teeth while improving your smile and oral health. Braces have been around longer, but Invisalign is quickly gaining momentum as a popular option for teeth straightening. Before you decide which option is right for you, make sure you consult with your dentist, as both options come with a host of benefits.

Braces are made from either metal brackets or tooth coloured ceramic brackets that are glued to your teeth, and held together by little wires. There are different colour options available, so you can either make a fashion statement, or you can match them more closely to your teeth’s enamel colour to make them more discreet. How long you need to wear the braces will depend on how much work is required to straighten your teeth. Most treatments are accomplished within 1–2 years.

Invisalign is a clear, removable alternative to braces. As the name suggests, it is virtually invisible and can correct your teeth with almost no visible sign of doing so. The aligner trays are made from a smooth, BPA-free plastic that is comfortable and can be subtly worn over your teeth to gently move them into the correct position. Invisalign is an incredibly flexible option, as they can be removed when you eat and brush your teeth, so you don’t have to worry about food getting stuck in between the wires like you would with braces.

To configure your aligner tray correctly, we will take an X-ray, pictures and make impressions to create a precise 3D image of your teeth. This will ensure you’re receiving the exact treatment required to align your teeth. Fixing your teeth is also relatively quick with Invisalign, as your teeth can be straightened in as little as 6–18 months. Invisalign has become an incredible popular option as it is much more discreet than braces, and is able to easily fit into your lifestyle.

Whether you get braces or Invisalign will depend on your individual needs and circumstances, but there’s no denying the flexibility, aesthetic appeal and speed of straightening your teeth with Invisalign, and as a Platinum Elite Invisalign provider, our highly-trained team are well-equipped to straighten your teeth with ease.

Why wait for the bright, confident smile that you’ve always wanted. If you want the best Invisalign treatment in Sydney, contact us to discuss your options. When you visit us at Pitt St Dental Centre we can even provide a free consultation and flexible payment plan that will make straightening your teeth a stress-free and enjoyable process.