Invisalign® has emerged as a popular orthodontic treatment for those seeking to improve their smiles without the need for noticeable, traditional metal braces.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign treatment involves a system of clear orthodontic aligners that provide a less noticeable alternative to traditional metal braces. These aligners are made from a clear plastic material that is virtually invisible when worn. Each aligner is custom-made using a 3D scan of your teeth to ensure a perfect fit.
In the hands of an experienced, knowledgeable clinician, Invisalign can be a great tool to assist with treating a range of orthodontic problems,
From minor tooth movement, to more complex cases such as overbites, underbites, or even crossbites.
The treatment involves wearing a series of clear aligners, each designed to make slight adjustments to the position of your teeth. This process is carried out over several months or years, gradually moving the teeth into their correct positions.
The aligners are changed every one to two weeks, advancing you to the next stage of your treatment. The exact duration of treatment is variable, and depends upon the complexity of the individual's case.
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How does Invisalign® work?
Invisalign® represents a breakthrough in orthodontic treatment, providing an effective, virtually invisible method for straightening teeth.
Invisalign® aligners work via a sequence of gradual adjustments which guide your teeth into desired positions. The process is meticulously planned and monitored to ensure optimal outcomes.
Here's how it works:
The Invisalign® Treatment Journey
The Invisalign® treatment journey starts with an initial consultation, during which your orthodontist will assess your needs and explain the process.
A 3D scan of your teeth is taken to aid with the creation of a precise treatment plan. From this, your series of aligners is crafted.
You'll wear your aligners for 20-22 hours a day, moving to a new set every week or two.
Regular in-person appointments every six to eight weeks (or Remote Monitoring via a dedicated phone app) will allow your orthodontist to monitor your progress. Upon completion, you'll transition to retainers to maintain your new smile.
How Invisalign® Straightens Teeth
Invisalign®'s methodology lies in its custom-fit aligners, which are planned by your clinician and fabricated based on a detailed 3D scan of your teeth.
Although the aligners are completely removable, generally a number of small bumps will need to be glued to a number of teeth. These are known as ‘attachments’, and they are almost always able to be translucent or tooth-coloured. They are usually much smaller than braces brackets. Attachments help Invisalign® to grip your teeth, and help to ensure that your aligners can achieve more complex movements exactly where they are required.
Each set of aligners is designed to gradually adjust the alignment of your teeth. You'll wear each set for about one to two weeks, moving through the sequence until your teeth have been shifted into their desired positions.
Benefits of Using Invisalign®
There are many benefits of using Invisalign®. Here are the key advantages:
Discreet Treatment: Invisalign® aligners are clear and virtually invisible, offering a more discreet treatment than traditional braces.
Comfort: The aligners are made from smooth plastic, which tends to be more comfortable than the brackets and wires used in braces.
Convenience: The aligners are removable, allowing you to eat, drink, brush, and floss normally.
Versatility: Invisalign® can correct a wide range of orthodontic issues, making it a suitable choice for many patients.
Who is Invisalign® best for?
Invisalign® is an excellent choice for correcting various orthodontic problems, including crooked teeth, overcrowding, gaps, overbites, underbites, and crossbites. However, its effectiveness depends on the details and complexity of the case, as well as the patient's adherence to the treatment plan. For best results, consult with a professional orthodontist to discuss the best treatment options for your specific circumstances.
Limitations of Invisalign®
While clear aligners like Invisalign® provide a plethora of benefits and is an excellent choice for many orthodontic patients, it is important to be aware of certain limitations that may affect its suitability or efficacy for some individuals.
Drawbacks of Using Clear Aligners like Invisalign®
Discipline Required: Invisalign® aligners must be worn for 20-22 hours a day. Those who cannot commit to this may not see the desired results.
Maintenance: Whilst cleaning is generally easier than with braces, some people find it is a hassle needing to remove and store the aligners every time they eat and drink anything other than cold water.
Potential for Loss: As the aligners are removable, they can be lost or forgotten, potentially disrupting treatment.
Unsuitable in some cases: Invisalign® may not be as effective as traditional fixed braces in treating certain severe or complex orthodontic issues.
Cases where Clear Aligners Such as Invisalign® Might Not Be Suitable
Severe Crowding and/or Tooth Rotations: In some instances of extreme crowding, or where there are severe tooth rotations, traditional braces may be more effective.
Unusual Tooth Size or Shape: Traditional braces may be more ideal where tooth crowns are short, or the teeth are very small.
Complex or Severe Bite Issues: Depending on your personal circumstances, some bite problems may not be effectively treated with Invisalign®. One example is a very deep overbite. Despite this, Invisalign may still be considered in a combined treatment plan, along with adjunctive treatments. For example, other appliances or procedures could be used for a short time, before moving to Invisalign®.
Remember, the best way to determine if Invisalign® is suitable for you is by having a detailed discussion with a specialist orthodontist who can evaluate your unique needs and circumstances. Different clinicians will vary in their level of experience and comfort in using clear aligners like Invisalign® for various case types.
With over 20 years experience using Invisalign® to treat a wide variety of cases, Dr. Fine has a firm, realistic understanding of the pros and cons of various orthodontic treatment systems, and is an expert in determining Invisalign® case suitability.
Cases where Clear Aligners Such as Invisalign® May Be More Suitable
It may come as a surprise to learn that in some cases, clear aligners like Invisalign® may actually be a more ideal treatment option than braces. With extensive experience working with both treatment modalities, over time we have seen significant improvements in clear aligner technology. This has included the development of attachments and other accessories that allow clear aligners to make complex movements to achieve greater precision than ever before.
Some examples of cases where we have recommended clear aligners like Invisalign® over braces include:
Open Bites: Depending on the full circumstances of the case, aligners may be more efficient in achieving bite closure.
Excluding Certain Teeth: Sometimes we wish to limit pressure on certain teeth. For example, we may wish to work around a tooth which is heavily restored, has been replaced by an implant, or has a history of trauma. The mechanics of clear aligners like Invisalign® make this achievable.
Where all the Teeth Need to Move ‘Back’: Using braces, when correcting crowding, there is a general tendency for teeth to move forwards and outwards. Where this is not desirable (e.g. for aesthetic or functional reasons), additional procedures or appliances can be considered. In some cases a good alternative option is to use clear aligners like Invisalign® to move teeth back, one by one, to create more space.
The Best Fit for Your Lifestyle
The vast majority of cases will respond well to either clear aligners like Invisalign® or traditional fixed braces. If orthodontic treatment is right for you, you'll most likely have options, and be able to factor in personal preference to decide which treatment will best suit your lifestyle.
Introduction to FineLine as an Alternative
FineLine, an orthodontic solution developed by Fine Orthodontics, offers a refreshing and effective alternative to traditional braces and other clear aligner solutions such as Invisalign®. Fusing modern technology with years of orthodontic expertise, FineLine aligners are custom-crafted to address the unique dental alignment needs of each individual patient.
Fine Line offers a distinctive combination of effectiveness, comfort, and aesthetic appeal. Their sophisticated design is the result of Dr. Martin Fine's extensive experience and insight into orthodontic needs.
Locally-Designed and Made: Rather than being made overseas, FineLine are designed and made on a per-patient basis in our digital laboratory right here in Bondi Junction, Sydney.
Orthodontist-Led: Unlike large aligner manufacturing companies, the entire FineLine process is designed, coordinated and directly overseen by an experienced specialist orthodontist.
While FineLine and aligner systems offered by large aligner manufacturers like Invisalign® both offer clear aligner solutions, several factors set FineLine apart:
No Delivery Delays: As there is no need for overseas shipping, aligners can be provided with a short turnaround time (as little as 24 hours when required).
Environmental Considerations: As FineLine aligners are produced locally on an as-needed basis (rather than transported from overseas), there is less waste and energy usage. FineLine incorporates paper packaging wherever possible for individual aligners.
Comfort & Efficiency: Two aligners are provided per stage of increasing pressure, optimising comfort, efficiency, and aesthetics.
Affordability - Overall Fee: As there is no need to outsource to an aligner manufacturer, at Fine Orthodontics, our own exclusive system FineLine can be offered at a substantially lower fee than aligners like Invisalign®.
Agile & Adaptive: With smaller-scale production, FineLine rapidly adapts as new technological advancements become available.
Low Deposit Options: As there is no need to make all the aligners upfront in preparation for shipping, at Fine Orthodontics aligners can be made as treatment progresses, allowing us greater scope to spread the cost across the duration of your treatment.
How FineLine Differs from
Large Aligner Manufacturers like Invisalign®
Final thoughts & tips on
Clear Aligners like Invisalign®
Choosing the right orthodontic treatment is a critical decision that can affect not only your oral health but also your confidence and quality of life. Both Invisalign® and FineLine have proven to be effective in various cases.
It's important to remember that each patient's needs are unique, and what works best for one person might not be the best solution for another. This is where the expertise and guidance of a skilled orthodontist becomes invaluable.
No matter which system of clear aligner you choose, the most important factor in determining your outcome is the skill and experience of the clinician designing and supervising your treatment.
At Fine Orthodontics, our mission is to provide individualised care with the best possible treatment options. We are proud to offer both Invisalign® and FineLine as part of our comprehensive range of orthodontic treatments.
Are you ready to transform your smile and boost your confidence? We invite you to take the first step towards your new smile. Schedule a free* assessment with our expert team at Fine Orthodontics. We can discuss your specific needs, answer any questions you have about Invisalign® or FineLine, and help you choose the most suitable treatment option.
Start your journey to a healthier and more beautiful smile today - book your free* assessment now!
Areas We Serve in Sydney
Fine Orthodontics is a well-established orthodontic service that proudly caters to all of Sydney and its surrounding regions. We've set up two easily accessible clinics in Bondi Junction and Maroubra, ensuring that wherever you are in Sydney, you're never too far from quality dental care. Plus, for those living in the nearby suburbs, you're in luck because we have extended our top-notch services to your areas, ensuring the community gets the best orthodontic care possible.
Level 8, 35 Spring Street
Bondi Junction NSW 2022 Sydney
Level 1, 633 Anzac Parade
Maroubra NSW 2035
Understanding the challenges of today's fast-paced life and recognizing that many need high-quality orthodontic care, no matter where they live, we've introduced an innovative solution: Remote Monitoring. This means even if you're situated a distance away or have a busy schedule, you can still benefit from Dr. Fine’s vast experience. The process is simple and tech-friendly.
With a user-friendly phone app, you can capture and forward images of your teeth and bite to us. This allows Dr. Fine and our team to keep a close watch on your treatment progression, ensuring everything's on track without you needing to visit us regularly.
Our strategic location in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs is also a boon for many. If you happen to live or work in these areas, our clinic is just around the corner for you:
Municipality of Woollahra
City of Randwick
City of Sydney
Including the following suburbs of Sydney:
Bondi North Bondi
Additionally, those associated with Sydney University and the University of NSW will find our facilities exceptionally convenient. Whether you're a staff member or a student from these educational institutions, know that quality orthodontic care is within easy reach.
Less Visits, More Convenience
New technology means that Fine Orthodontics is now offering aligner treatment in areas well beyond those listed above. You can reduce your visits simply by downloading our app that allows for remote monitoring.
Your orthodontist will have planned all the aligner movements, programming them into the aligner sequence ahead of time. Following your initial visit, you can use the app on your smart phone to keep us updated. Either from the comfort of your own home or abroad. This makes it so easy; simply scan your teeth via the app and we’ll check your progress. If you need to visit, we are able to send you an instantaneous alert.
Usually your app will inform you that it is time to advance to the next tray. This will means that all is well and you will not need to see us for a visit. Click here if you want to know more about that.
Most importantly, you will need to visit us only occasionally – if that best suits your needs and preferences. In fact, because of our smart technology, many of our Sydney patients in aligners like Invisalign® now spend extended periods overseas for adventure or work. Therefore, you can live and travel freely, whilst an expert carefully oversees your treatment via the app from Sydney.
Invisalign® Frequently Asked Questions
How is Clear Aligner Treatment Different at Fine Orthodontics?Imagine orthodontic treatment that straightens your teeth discreetly, without anyone knowing. Yes, continued innovation in clear aligners has made aligner treatments far more capable. Many are surprised at what can be done with aligners when compared with conventional braces. Not only has Dr Fine been working closely with Invisalign® since 2000, he has also kept a close watch on new developments and has now developed his own system of manufactured Aligners: FineLine. So you can be assured that the latest innovations will be applied to your or your child's treatment at Fine Orthodontics. (Yes, we offer Invisalign® and other types of Clear Aligners for children as well). Dr Fine's own aligner system FineLine is a great option in many cases, and is available exclusively at Fine Orthodontics. FineLine uses the best available materials and the latest technologies and techniques in Clear Aligner design and manufacture. FineLine offers substantial value, as we are often able to offer it at a lower cost than using external aligner manufacturers like Invisalign®. When choosing where to have your treatment, it is important to remember that the success of your treatment will depend on the experience and ability of the clinician who plans and manages your treatment. This is why it's crucial to choose the right orthodontist to ensure the best outcome for your smile. The orthodontist's knowledge, skills, and dedication are essential factors in determining the success of your treatment. Whilst general dental clinics may offer orthodontic services (including clear aligner treatment like Invisalign®) only qualified specialist orthodontists have the necessary skills and education to ensure that you get the very best result possible. Orthodontists have an additional qualification on top of general dentistry, with 2-3 years extra specialist training. In addition, experienced specialist orthodontists have spent countless hours planning and carrying out orthodontics exclusively. With over 30 years of specialist experience, Dr. Fine is highly-skilled and knowledgeable, and is an expert at using clear aligners to create beautiful, healthy smiles.
Why do people usually choose aligners over braces?People usually choose aligners over braces because: they are less noticeable than metal or even clear braces clear aligners are removable, so brushing and flossing is easier they are more comfortable than clear, metal or lingual ('behind the teeth') braces there are fewer dietary restrictions aligners require less maintenance and fewer office visits many office visits can be replaced by remote monitoring they can be removed for special occasions Clear aligners are only as good as the dental professional managing the process. A highly trained orthodontist can use the Invisalign® clear aligner system to its full potential. Orthodontic specialists also utilise advanced aligner accessories and tooth attachments. These accessories allow for more complex treatments previously only possible with braces. While there are many different aligner systems, clear aligners aren’t a fix-all just on their own. You need the skillset of an experienced orthodontist to get your bite and smile correctly aligned. Dr Martin Fine has treated well over 1000 Invisalign® cases, so you can be certain your care is from an experienced clinician. At Fine Orthodontics, our Invisalign® capabilities are enhanced by our state-of-the-art technology. From start to finish, our process is fully digital. 3D Intraoral scanners, smile simulation software, 3D digital x-rays and much more. Our precise digital laboratory allows us to offer our own range of clear aligners offering great treatment benefits. Our FineLine clear aligners use the best available materials and latest technologies and techniques. As we manage the entire process without needing to outsource aligner manufacturing, we can also offer considerable savings. Fine Orthodontics has this all on-site for better and more efficient treatment outcomes for you. At Fine Orthodontics we have a range of affordable payment plans to suit you. Why not Book a Free* Orthodontic Consultation Onsite at our Maroubra or Bondi Junction office? Our friendly team will be able to tell you more about how aligners could work for you. Dr Martin Fine will recommend a plan that’s most suited to your needs. Not sure whether to choose braces or aligners like Invisalign®? Visit our Clear Aligners vs Braces blog post.