Invisalign a clearer path to straight teeth

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Wednesday, 3 April, 2019

Whether you choose a clear system like Invisalign or traditional braces for straighter teeth depends on more than just how it looks. Here are some things you need to consider when choosing between clear aligners and traditional braces:

What’s the goal of treatment?

Clear aligners can treat the same mild to moderate orthodontic problems as traditional braces. They just use a different method. Clear aligners use a series of removable aligners to move the teeth gradually to a new position. Braces use visible brackets and archwires that cannot be removed during treatment. Many people like the convenience of being able to remove their clear aligners to eat and brush their teeth (which is better for oral health). If this sounds like you, clear aligners might work best.  

How quickly do you want a result?

Some people think clear aligners take longer than traditional braces. Here’s the thing. Clear aligners can only work if you remember to wear them – so you need to be committed. Treatment with clear aligners can take as little as 10 weeks. Your total treatment time depends on your treatment needs, personal goal and how committed you are to wearing them.

Have you had braces before?

If you’ve had braces before and your teeth are crooked again (quite possibly because you didn’t wear your retainer – if this sounds familiar, keep reading!) then clear aligners are an ideal choice. If you had braces when were younger, it may only be a few teeth that have moved. Don’t let a few crooked teeth spoil your smile, a quick course of treatment with clear aligners might be just what you need to get your confidence back.

Will you wear your retainer?

Just as your teeth need help to move, they need help to stay in their new position. Retainers are essential at the end of any orthodontic treatment to ensure teeth do not move back. If you don’t wear your retainer, your teeth will move. It’s as simple as that. So make a commitment to yourself to wear your retainer and enjoy straight teeth for life.

What will it cost?

The cost of clear aligners is the same or less than traditional braces. The only way to know exactly how much you need to pay is to get a personalised quote so you can make an informed decision. With prices starting from as little as $2900, clear aligners might just be the best (cheaper, faster, less obtrusive) option for you.

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Dr David Hills graduated from the Dental School at Griffith University in 2009. Prior to this David had finished 4 years of study in Biomedical Science completing a scholarship with the Heart Foundation Research Centre. David has spent the last 7 years working as a dentist on the Gold Coast where he has gained a reputation for providing exceptional quality dental care.