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:
- Crooked smile
- Gaps between teeth
- Open bite
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!