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What are clear aligners?

young woman showing alignersClear aligners such as Invisalign is an advanced orthodontic treatment that consists of using a series of nearly invisible, removable clear aligners for teeth that have been individually manufactured for your mouth. Little by little and week by week these clear teeth aligners will straighten your teeth into the position you desire.

An impression is initially created and sent to the Invisalign headquarters where a treatment plan and aligners are formulated in accordance to your current dental situation. Invisalign possesses a number of benefits in contrast to traditional orthodontic treatments, such as braces, these include:

Customisation – your custom made aligners are made via impressions of your teeth

Removable – your aligners can be removed to eat, drink, brush and floss

Effectiveness – Invisalign treatment works from the get-go, with results visible from the very beginning

Comfort – With no metal brackets or wires to irritate your gums and mouth, Invisalign is a comfortable alternative to traditional braces

Clarity – Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, no one will notice that you’re straightening your teeth

Speech Rarely Affected – Invisalign aligners are not likely to cause you to have a speech impediment. Invisalign aligners are made from a very thin plastic, which makes any impact they may have on your speech relatively minor

Why should I consider clear alignment orthodontic treatment?

These are proven to improve not only the aesthetics of your smile, but its functionality. For example Invisalign clear aligner treatment is proven to correct:

  • Overcrowded teeth
  • Widely spaced teeth
  • Cross-bites
  • Overbites
  • Under-bites
If you suffer from crooked teeth or you are looking to improve the functionality of your smile then Invisalign is the treatment for you.

How long will I need to use them?

Invisalign provides effective results almost immediately, as it encourages teeth to move closer and closer to the correct position. Treatment can take anywhere between 12 – 24 months, with aligners to be changed every two weeks. As you progress through the series of aligners, your teeth will begin moving, little by little. You are required to have occasional check-ups with your dental provider as often as once every six weeks to gauge your progress. Although average treatment time for adults is just under one year, the total treatment time is dependent on your dental situation.

Where to get an accurate Cost of Clear Aligners?

The truth is that teeth straightening costs do vary considerably in Australia. Factors will depend on the complexity and the type of braces you choose. We can accurately compare costs, duration of treatment and discuss various clear aligner options after an examination.

The team at Excellence in Dentistry is committed to helping you achieve a beautiful smile with clear aligners such as Invisalign treatment. We strive to ensure that you will have something to smile about, which is why we provide a range of orthodontic treatments that can help straighten teeth and give you your smile without the hassle of wires or metal braces.

If you are thinking about Invisalign or dental braces in general, you may be concerned about the impact, if any, they can have on your speech.

This makes sense, after all, what’s the point of wearing discreet “invisible” braces if everyone you meet will be tipped off that you’re wearing braces by the way you’re speaking.

Will Invisalign cause speech impediments?

Whilst any type of dental or orthodontic appliance in your mouth has the potential to affect the way that you speak, Invisalign aligners are made from a very thin plastic, which makes any impact they may have on your speech relatively minor.

Some research have shown that 93% of Invisalign patients reported no difficulties with speech while wearing these clear aligners.
Initially “s” or “sh” sounds may be slightly affected, but will likely only be noticeable to you, and not to anyone else.
So thankfully, Invisalign aligners are not likely to cause you to have any lingering speech impediment.

Should this happen, while wearing Invisalign try the following:

If you notice that your Invisalign aligners cause you to speak with a slight lisp just remember: practice makes perfect.

Practicing the pronunciation and enunciation of the words that you’re struggling with is the best ways to overcome the problem. It’s just a matter of getting used to your new dental appliance.

To get extra practice speaking with your aligners in you could try reading out loud to yourself (or to others), or having conversations with friends or family members that you trust.

If you’re concerned that you might have problems speaking while wearing your Invisalign aligners, please contact your Brisbane dentists today to discuss your concerns us.


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