Invisalign Frequently Asked Questions
Does Invisalign work as well as braces?
Yes, in almost all cases, or better in many cases.
Is Invisalign invisible?
Almost, and seriously better than braces, even ceramic braces.
Does Invisalign work for teens as well as adults?
Yes, even faster.
Is Invisalign more expensive than braces?
Not necessarily. Invisalign is the same price as for ceramic braces, a little more than for stainless steel braces. For simple, short, treatments Invisalign may well be cheaper than braces.
Does invisalign take longer than braces?
No – often it is quicker.
Is Invisalign easier to eat and clean than braces?
Yes – braces are difficult to clean and catch food. Invisalign aligners are simply removed for eating and cleaning.
Is Invisalign sore?
All teeth are a little sore when they start to move, but generally invisalign is gentler than braces.
Is Invisalign cutting edge technology?
Yes. Each treatment is individually prescribed virtually on computer based on records taken and then a series of aligners are constructed with the latest 3D printing technology. By comparison braces rely on constantly adapting and modifying pre-made brackets and wires.
Can you see what the final result will be?
Yes with Invisalign, but not with braces.
Do all orthodontists treat with Invisalign?
No. Invisalign providers require extra training and accreditation. Dr Tony Lawrence has been specialising in invisalign since 2011 and attends several Invisalign seminars, study groups and conferences each year.
Is Invisalign suitable for brides-to-be?
Yes. Invisalign is generally quicker than braces and the aligners are removable, so even if the treatment is incomplete, you will look great and not have appliances in your mouth.
Is Invisalign uncomfortable?
No. Aligners are extremely comfortable. Compare this to braces where wire or brackets can catch on cheeks and tongue.
What kinds of malocclusions can Invisalign treat better than Braces?
- Open bites
- Mild crowing
- Class III malocclusions (large lower jaw)
- Class II (buck teeth), especially in adults.
- Severe crowding
- Extreme dental fullness requiring dental retraction.
- Periodontally compromised teeth in an otherwise healthy mouth
- Impacted canines (non-surgical treatment)
- Short rooted teeth
What kinds of malocclusions are more difficult with Invisalign?
Moderate crowding requiring extractions and bringing back teeth forwards. (This may require some extra brace-like attachments to some of the back teeth.