Invisalign in Pascoe Vale, VIC
As part of the comprehensive dental care we provide at Lumino Smiles, we offer traditional orthodontic options and convenient alternatives for cosmetic purposes or to correct teeth after orthodontic relapse. Many of our adult patients appreciate our convenient alternatives that allow for faster and more discreet treatment.
- What is orthodontic relapse?
- What are the consequences of a misaligned bite?
- What are Invisalign® and ClearCorrect aligners?
- What are the benefits of Invisalign and ClearCorrect?
- How do I know if I am a good candidate for clear braces?
- How long does orthodontic treatment take?
- How do I get started with clear braces?
- What is included in clear braces orthodontic treatment?
- How should I use my Invisalign and ClearCorrect?
- Does orthodontic treatment hurt?
- Will I need to wear a retainer?
What is orthodontic relapse?
After any type of orthodontic treatment, the use of retainers is recommended to keep teeth in place. Without regular retainer usage, teeth can drift back to their original position undoing years of orthodontic treatment.
Invisalign® and ClearCorrect are often a reasonable and successful way to regain a straight smile lost due to shifting teeth.
What are the consequences of a misaligned bite?
Crooked teeth and a misaligned bite might make some people feel self-conscious about their smiles. Having a smile that allows you to express yourself fully is often an important part of first impressions, both socially and professionally.
In addition to wanting to have a lovely smile, correcting crooked teeth can mean having teeth that are easier to keep clean at home. Overlapping teeth can be more prone to developing decay, and trapped bacteria may lead to gum disease, which can cause bone and tooth loss.
When teeth do not come together correctly, uneven wear and force can cause premature wear and jaw-related issues that cause discomfort and sometimes headaches.
What are Invisalign® and ClearCorrect aligners
Invisalign and ClearCorrect are both convenient alternatives to traditional orthodontics. They both utilise a series of clear plastic aligner trays to gradually nudge teeth into ideal alignment. Worn for about two weeks, each set of aligner trays will adjust teeth a little at a time.
We will arrange for periodic evaluations to ensure that your treatment remains on schedule so that you achieve the best results in the most efficient manner.
What are the benefits of Invisalign and ClearCorrect?
In addition to being nearly invisible, clear aligner braces are removable. Many of our Lumino Smiles patients find this far more convenient when maintaining home oral care. Simply remove the trays to clean your teeth, to eat, and to clean the aligners each day.
Some of the benefits our patients love the best include:
- Comfortable and smooth aligners
- Simple home care
- Normal speech and eating
- Unrestricted diet
- Clear aligners rather than metal or ceramic
How do I know if I am a good candidate for clear braces?
To begin treatment, we recommend an evaluation to determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign or ClearCorrect. Dr Amir will discuss all of your options and help you make a decision that you feel confident about. Most adults and older teens without complex bite-related issues will find that Invisalign or ClearCorrect provide excellent results both cosmetically and to improve the oral health issues caused by misalignment.
If your condition would be better served with traditional orthodontics, we also offer braces in our Pascoe Vale dental clinic to treat even the most complex cases for ideal results.
How long does orthodontic treatment take?
Your smile is unique to you, and your treatment plan will be individualised to meet your needs. Since each patient is different, each treatment plan will reflect that. After your orthodontic consultation in our Pascoe Vale dental clinic, Dr Amir will go over your options and an estimate of how long it will take.
Typically, clear braces take less time than traditional orthodontics.
How do I get started with clear braces?
X-rays, photographs and impressions are part of the planning process and will give Dr Amir vital information to plan the appearance and function of your smile. Dr Amir will go over his findings, along with treatment times and cost estimates, so that you can make an informed choice regarding your smile.
If Invisalign or ClearCorrect are part of a larger oral health plan, we will describe each phase of treatment and where your orthodontic treatment falls in the timeline. At our Pascoe Vale dental clinic, we put our patients in control of their decisions every step of the way.
What is included in clear braces orthodontic treatment?
We wanted to create an Invisalign treatment that provides exceptional value for all of our clients. Included in your treatment is:
- All clear aligner trays
- All check-ups and cleanings during treatment
- Take home teeth whitening
How should I use my Invisalign and ClearCorrect?
Patient compliance is essential to get the most out of your orthodontic treatment. In most cases, we recommend that you adhere to the following basic guidelines to keep treatment on track.
- Use aligner trays in the correct order
- Wear each set of aligners most of the time – about 22 hours per day
- Remove aligners to eat, drink hot liquids and to clean the aligner trays
- Wear each pair of clear braces for two to three weeks, depending on Dr Amir’s recommendations
- Keep aligners away from pets – they love to chew on them
- Clean aligners with a mild cleanser in lukewarm water
- Keep aligners out of hot vehicles
- Call our dental clinic if you damage or lose your aligners
- Maintain good home hygiene and regular dental visits
We will also arrange periodic check-ups to monitor progress and keep your orthodontic treatment on time. If it is time for a dental exam or check-up, please feel free to contact our Pascoe Vale dental clinic.
Just like teeth develop plaque and tartar, your aligners will also begin to collect debris unless you are committed to keeping them clean. Cleaning your aligners will help prevent bad breath, teeth decay and gum disease.
Does Invisalign treatment hurt?
Clear aligners are far more comfortable than traditional braces because they do not have the sharp edges that brackets do.
You might feel some mild discomfort when you switch to each new set of aligners. This, however, should resolve within a few days. Clear aligners rely on constant low-force pressure to move teeth into their ideal position.
If you feel particularly uncomfortable, we invite you to contact our dental clinic to speak with a staff member. It can also be beneficial to avoid particularly chewy or hard foods during those first few days of graduating aligners when teeth and gums can feel a bit tender.
Will I need to wear a retainer?
Wearing an orthodontic retainer is part of your treatment, and regular use will help keep your new smile in place. Like Invisalign and ClearCorrect aligners, your retainer will be clear plastic and discreet.
Typically, at the beginning of orthodontic treatment, you will need to wear your retainer more frequently. As your teeth solidify in the bone, nightly use will be sufficient. You may need to have your retainer replaced on occasion as the plastic can wear down over time.
We also offer more durable retainers for nighttime use and can go over your options to discuss the best option for you.
We offer removable acrylic and wire retainers, clear aligner retainers and fixed retainers to meet the needs of our patients. Dr Amir will be happy to go over options with you.
We Welcome New Patients in Glenroy, VIC
We welcome you to contact our Pascoe Vale dental clinic with any questions you may have about Invisalign, ClearCorrect or traditional orthodontics. We are always happy to help patients achieve straight smiles that look and feel healthy with orthodontic treatment in the Pasco Vale, Hadfield and Glenroy, VIC areas.