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All about Invisalign: Answers to the most frequently asked questions in 2022.

Invasalign in Chic Dental - Answers to the most frequently asked questions - Chic Dental. Preston, Victoria. Melbourne

What is invisalign and how does it work?

It is a series of custom made clear aligners that aims to straight  teeth and correct dental bites. It works very similar to braces. However, they are not fixed. They usually get replaced every two weeks and people need to wear them for at least 22 hours a day.

What are invisalign’s costs and payment plans?

The cost of the invisalign depends on the complexity of the treatment and the number of the aligners required. They are different ways of payments that accommodates every person’s finances and circumstances.

What can Invisalign treatment fix?

It corrects all types of bite (overbite, underbite, crossbite, open bite, gap teeth, crowded teeth). However, a comprehensive exam must be required prior to your treatment.

Invisalign compared to braces - Chic Dental

How long will this treatment take?

Treatment duration depends on complexity of treatment and people’s commitment to wearing the aligners. It usually takes between 18 months  to 2 years. However, some treatment can take longer.

Why choose Chic Dental for Invisalign treatment?

We possess experienced clinicians, who are open and reliable of treatment.

What are the benefits of invisalign treatment?

  • No wire around your teeth
  • Straighten teeth as  braces
  • Aligners are transparent and  are not fixed

What are the different types of Invisalign?

Invisalign is the name of the series of costume made clear alignments. The types of treatment  with invisalign depends of the number of aligners

How do i know if i am a suitable candidate for this treatment?

The only way to know if you are suitable for invisalign or straighten your teeth with clear aligners is that you must have a dental examination. There are dental conditions that contracticates the use either invisalign or braces. For example, gum disease and maxillary joint disorders.

Why see a specialist orthodontist rather than a general dentist for my Invisalign?

A  general dentist or Orthodontist can  provide Invisalign treatment.

Is this treatment painful?

No it is not painful.S ome patients report some uncomfortness when changing between appliances due to the  dental forces used to move teeth. However, it is way more comfortable than braces as it eliminates the risk of wires poking into the gums or checks

Can you get Invisalign without having braces?

Yes, invisalign replaces the need for braces. However, In some cases it is recommended to use braces due to the complexity of treatment. Braces in this case reduces the durability of treatment.

Is effective as braces?

Yes, It is as effective as braces. it is even more comfortable and  it reduces  of the look of metal and wires on teeth

Can you replace braces with Invisalign?

Yes, it may be required that you have a combination of braces and Invisalgin if there are certain movements that require the force fixed appliances can achieve faster than Invisalign for example, a rotated tooth of closure of a large space.  Some patients choose to have Invisalign on the upper teeth and braces on their lower teeth.

Invisalign compared to braces - Chic Dental

What happens if invisalign doesnt work?

The only reason Invisalign would not be successful is if there is failed compliance

Which is faster braces or Invisalign?

Teeth do not know if they are being moved by plastic of metal, there for neither appliance is faster than another.

Can Invisalign damage teeth?

Invisalign can only cause issues with your teeth if they are not cleaned correctly and you fail to remove them when eating and drinking.  Drinking high sugar drinks with Invisalign in will put you at a higher risk of tooth decay.

What are the disadvantages of Invisalign?

The disadvantages of Invisalign are that if they are not worn correctly they will not move your teeth into the desired position.  Some patients find it challenging removing them for meal times.

How successful is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a very successful appliance to move teeth and correct bites. 

Is a permanent fix?

All orthodontic treatment is only a permanent fix if retainers are work correctly after treatment.  Teeth have memories and will move back if retainers are not worn.

What happens if you don’t wear Invisalign for 22 hours?

If you fail to wear the aligners for the advised 22 hrs a day, your teeth will not move successfully and you will not get the desired result at the completion of your treatment.

What is Invisalign - Chic Dental

Can you speed up the treatment?

You can not really make your treatment any quicker by changing you aligners more frequently as the teeth need time to move into the correct position before you move onto the next aligner.  If you try to move through aligners or skip aligners you will find that eventually your aligners will not fit correctly.

Do braces take longer than Invisalign?

It all depends on each individual case and your dentist will advise you on this at the consultation appointment.

How quickly do teeth move with Invisalign?

Teeth generally move 1mm per month

How can I tell if Invisalign is working?

You will notice the change in the appearance of your teeth and your aligner will get loose when you are due to change into the next aligner.

Do chewies help Invisalign?

Chewies are a very necessary part of your Invisalign treatment, they are important to be used for the first few days of each new set of aligners to help seat the aligner correctly. If the aligner is not seated correctly then your teeth will not more as required.

Does Invisalign give you a lisp?

It can give some people a change in their speech of a few days or weeks, but as you get use to wearing the aligners, this will return to normal

Who is not eligible for Invisalign?

The only people who are not eligible for Invisalign are those that feel honestly that they will not be compliant.

Does Invisalign make your teeth yellow?

It does not make your teeth yellow.  It is our diet that discolors our teeth.  Remember to be diligent with cleaning while wearing Invisalign.

Is it bad to bite down on Invisalign?

It is not ideal to bite down on your Invisalign as they are only plastic and can crack if not treated correctly

Do dentists recommend Invisalign?

Yes dentist can recommend Invisalign

understanding invisalign - Chic Dental

Will teeth move back after Invisalign?

Teeth moved by any orthodontic appliance will require retainers as they will move.  Teeth are like hair and nails, they continue to change throughout our life so they will need to be retained once moved into the desired position

Can change your face shape?

It will not change your face, but it will most definitely improve your smile.

Can a 12 year old get it?

Yes there is and Invisalign product that is designed for teenagers.

Can you drink Diet Coke with Invisalign?

It is recommended you do not eat or drink with your Invisalign aligners in place. You can eat and drink anything if you remove your aligners prior and remember to brush your teeth before placing your aligners back in your mouth

Should I whiten my teeth before?

Whitening your teeth would be a nice finishing touch once you have completed your Invisalign treatment as your teeth will be all aligned and the whitening will be more effective as it will reach all surfaces of your nicely aligned teeth.

What hurts more braces or Invisalign?

Braces are more uncomfortable as they are made from metal or ceramic and they are rough and have sharp wires that can sometimes scratch your lips and cheeks.  It works by small constant movements where braces generally get adjusted every 6 weeks and can be tender for several days after your adjustment appointments.

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