Invisalign® Brisbane | Bracken Ridge Dental

Invisalign® Clear Aligners

Do you want straighter teeth without braces?

Have you always wanted to straighten your teeth, but don't like the idea of metal braces or wires in your mouth? Or perhaps you had braces when you were younger, but your teeth have moved again? Invisalign treatment could be the answer.

Also known as clear aligners, clear braces or invisible braces, Invisalign is a series of high-tech thermoplastic trays that are worn over the teeth. Each tray moves your teeth very slightly until the final result is achieved.

To find out more about Invisalign treatment and whether it could be right for you, book a free consultation with Dr Lydia and our team at Bracken Ridge Dental. Call us today on (07) 3261 2405 or make an online booking.

What are the benefits of Invisalign over braces?

Invisalign clear aligners are made of medical grade thermoplastic that's translucent. This avoids the “metal mouth” look associated with braces, and at a conversational distance they are practically invisible on your teeth.

Another benefit over traditional braces is that aligners can be removed at any time, which makes eating and brushing and flossing your teeth more convenient. With Invisalign, you are able to eat nearly all of the same foods as before, without having to worry about anything getting stuck between metal wires.

Not having metal brackets or wires also avoids the discomfort of braces and the risk of injury to your mouth. After a brief period of getting used to them, most people have no issues with speech either.

Who is suitable for Invisalign treatment?

Invisalign was developed for older teens and adults who wanted a more discreet and comfortable alternative to braces. This treatment can help with most common orthodontic issues, including:

  • bite issues (overbite, underbite, crossbite and open bite)
  • crooked teeth
  • teeth crowding
  • gaps in your smile

If you have a more severe problem with your teeth or bite, our dentists may recommend discreet orthodontic treatments such as tooth-coloured ceramic braces.

Your teeth and gums should be healthy before Invisalign treatment can begin, as problems such as tooth decay and gum disease can interrupt the treatment and affect your results.

Types of Invisalign

We offer a choice of two Invisalign options at Bracken Ridge Dental: Invisalign Full and Invisalign Go.

Invisalign Full

The standard Invisalign treatment can correct a wider range of orthodontic issues. The treatment may involve anywhere from 30 to 50 sets of aligners and takes 12 to 18 months on average, depending on how much straightening is needed.

Invisalign Go

A faster option if you only need relatively minor correction, Invisalign Go uses 20 sets of aligners or less. Depending on your needs, your treatment could be completed in as little as 4 months if you are a candidate for Invisalign Go.

Our dentists will make sure you know all of your options and how much your treatment will cost after we complete your orthodontic assessment.

How does Invisalign work?

After an initial consultation with Dr Jun to assess if you are a suitable candidate for Invisalign treatment, we will take a set of impressions of your teeth and gums.

Using Invisalign software, we will then create 3D computer models that we can use to plan the tooth movements required to achieve the smile you want. We can also show you what your estimated final smile should look like.

A series of custom aligners are then made and delivered to our dental clinic. Each set of aligners should be worn for around 2 weeks, with each set moving your teeth slightly closer to their final position. Invisalign treatment generally takes between 6–18 months, though this depends on your individual case.

In most cases, small tooth-coloured buttons are also placed on your teeth to help the aligners grip onto them better. These allow for much more precise movements of the teeth and a higher chance of success.

How often do I need to wear my aligners?

Invisalign aligners can be removed before eating or cleaning your teeth, but we recommend wearing them for at least 22 hours a day. Sticking to this schedule will help to ensure that we can achieve the best possible outcome for your smile.