The evolution of teeth straightening has brought us innovative and discreet orthodontic options. Clear aligners such as Invisalign, Spark and Angel Align have changed the way we approach teeth alignment.
It is now possible to gradually correct your smile, and improve the alignment of your teeth discreetly over time. Clear aligners offer a comfortable and nearly invisible alternative to traditional braces.
Unlike traditional braces that use brackets and wires, clear aligners are custom-made, removable trays crafted from a clear, medical-grade plastic material.
Clear aligners are virtually invisible, making them an appealing choice for individuals who prefer a discreet teeth-straightening solution.
The smooth plastic material of clear aligners eliminates the discomfort often associated with metal brackets and wires.
Clear aligners are removable, allowing you to enjoy your favourite foods without restrictions. You can also maintain your oral hygiene routine by brushing and flossing as usual.
Here are just some of the amazing smile transformations achieved by the team at Glenferrie Orthodontics with clear aligners.
Clear aligners are a series of transparent trays worn on the teeth to gradually improve their alignment. The thin, clear trays are a popular alternative to traditional braces because they are virtually invisible. This allows for discreet orthodontic treatment making them popular for teenagers and adults.
A series of custom plastic aligners apply pressure to the teeth. Over time, the position of teeth is adjusted to improve the alignment and appearance.
Attachments are small tooth-coloured blocks that are glued onto the surface of teeth for the aligner to grab onto. These attachments are required for some tooth movements. Your orthodontist can show you exactly which teeth will be involved. It is unlikely that all teeth will require attachments. When treatment is finished, these attachments are simply polished away.
Yes. The smooth plastic material of clear aligners eliminates the discomfort often associated with metal brackets and wires.
Yes. In some cases, clear aligners are an even better option than braces for children. Please ask your orthodontist for more information to see if this is an option for your child.
Yes. Clear aligners are removable, allowing you to enjoy your favourite foods and drinks without restriction. You can also maintain excellent oral hygiene by brushing and flossing as usual, without the interference of braces or wires.
Consultation: Your journey begins with a consultation with your orthodontist. They will assess your teeth and determine if clear aligners are a suitable treatment option for you.
Customised treatment plan: Using 3D scans and images, your orthodontist designs a personalized treatment plan, mapping out the movement of your teeth throughout the process.
Aligner manufacturing: A series of custom aligners is 3D printed and each set is worn for approximately 7-14 days before progressing to the next set.
Regular appointments: Regular appointments with your orthodontist ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. These appointments are usually once every two months.
Reveal your new smile: As you advance through the aligner series, you will start to notice the transformation of your smile. Upon completing the treatment, you'll unveil your beautifully aligned teeth and smile!
The cost of clear aligner treatment varies depending on the complexity and duration of treatment. Your orthodontist will discuss your treatment plan and explain the cost of treatment in detail.
Treatment length depends on the complexity of your individual case. Some clear aligner treatments can be completed in as little as 6 months. Treatment times often range between 12 to 18 months. If your case is very complex, treatment time may extend beyond 18 months.
Your orthodontist will discuss your estimated treatment time during your initial consultation.
Clear aligners are a suitable treatment alternative to braces and can be used to treat the following orthodontic issues:
Overbite and underbite
Your orthodontist will discuss any orthodontic issues and determine if clear aligners are a suitable treatment option.
Clear aligners are well suited to less complex orthodontic conditions. Clear aligners alone may not be the best choice for the following issues:
Serious bite problems
Large gaps between teeth
Excessively rotated or tilted teeth
Irregular tooth shape
Depending on the complexity of the case, clear aligners may be recommended in combination with other treatments braces and prosthodontic treatments.
Your orthodontist will discuss your case and individual treatment goals to determine if clear aligners are a suitable option.
Yes. A retainer is necessary after treatment to help your teeth maintain the desired alignment. There are several different types of retainers and your orthodontist will explain which is the best for you. You will also be shown how to wear the retainer and given clear instructions regarding how long the retainer should be worn.
Generally, clear aligners are not covered by Medicare. In some cases, rebates may be available where treatment is related to underlying medical condition/s.
If your insurance policy has orthodontic coverage, clear aligner treatment may be covered to a similar extent as conventional braces. However, as medical benefits differ significantly from policy to policy, it will be safer to check with your health insurance provider. Find out more information about how much clear aligner treatment will cost.
Early examination allows the Orthodontist to detect and evaluate any problems and plan appropriate treatment. Early treatment may prevent more serious problems from developing and/or make treatment at an older age shorter and less complicated.