Invisalign Dentist Brisbane Specialist Sally Farhandi

Sally Farhandi of Excellence in Dentistry Brisbane answers more questions  about  Invisalign Braces:


  • What do Invisalign braces do?

Invisalign are a series of clear trays or aligners that move teeth little by little from the original point to a desired position. These aligners are custom made for each person. Each aligner is worn for 1-2 weeks before you change to the next one in the series.

  • Who invented invisible braces?

Invisalign is manufactured by Align Technology, a multinational medical-device company headquartered in San Jose, California. The company was founded in 1997 by Zia Chishti. Chishti perceived the basic design of InvisAlign while receiving orthodontic treatment as an adult. During his treatment with a retainer intended to complete his treatment, he theorized that a series of such devices could effect a large final placement in a series of small movements. He partnered with Kelsey Wirth to seek developers.

  • Who are invisible braces best suited to?

Anyone with mild to moderate and sometimes severe crowding, anyone with spacing or bite issues may get Invisalign treatment. However, you always need to consult your dentist and discuss your wishes. Also, please remember, more important is the fact that you should be compliant to the treatment and wear your aligners properly.

  • Are Invisalign braces effective?

Invisalign technology has come a long way and it can straighten majority of teeth alignment issues even complicated cases, however, Invisalign is a removable orthodontic option which means as long as the aligner is in the mouth it’s working, so patient’s commitment to the treatment for ideal outcome is vital.

  • What are Invisalign aligners made of?

Invisalign aligners are made of medical grade, high molecular weight thermoplastic polymers.  They’ve gone through and passed a lot of biocompatibility tests. They are FDA approved for long term use inside the human body.  There is no latex, parabens, phthalate, glutaraldehyde, epoxy, Bisphenol A (BPA) or Bisphenol S (BPS) present in the aligners.

  • Is Invisalign treatment painful?

Some people experience bit of discomfort or pressure for a day or two days at the beginning of wearing a new aligner. But there’s no pain as such.

  • Are Invisalign braces really invisible?

Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, they’re thin clear trays and general people won’t notice them; a dentist, maybe! Though sometimes a couple attachments are placed on certain teeth and they might be noticeable on close inspection.


  • What are attachments?

Attachments are tiny blobs of tooth colour filling material that are placed on particular teeth that need to be moved in a certain direction or need major movements. No cutting or grinding is needed, totally non-invasive and at the end of the treatment, they will be polish off.

  • Are they 3d printed? 

The aligners are modelled using CAD-CAM (computer-aided-design and computer-aided-manufacturing) software and manufactured using a rapid prototyping technique called stereo-lithography. The moulds for the aligners are built in layers using a photo-sensitive liquid resin that cures into a hard plastic when exposed to a laser.

  • Does my insurance cover Invisalign dental aligners? 

Every insurance company policy is different to another so in general if your insurance plan includes orthodontic coverage then Invisalign is covered to the same extent as conventional braces.

  • What do invisible braces cost?

The cost depend on the type of treatment you get as Invisalign has different treatment options for example Invisalign Teen for teenagers and young adults, Invisalign full which is comprehensive orthodontic treatment, Invisalign Lite that is designed for mild to moderate cases and Invisalign i7 for very minor crowding and spacing. So as an estimate it can go from $2000 to $10,000.

  • Are Invisalign braces tax deductible?

This is a very difficult question to answer, I suppose if you are obliged by your workplace to have straight teeth for any reason, you might be eligible to claim it but I suggest you check that with your accountant or the tax office.

  • Where to get more information on invisble braces

Call Brisbane Dentist Excellence in Dentistry. or view more information at

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