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Can You See the Aligners?

Updated: Nov 26, 2023

Clear orthodontic aligners are designed to be exactly that – clear. So the answer to “Can You See the Aligners?” is no; not easily.

The aligners are very nearly invisible & generally not easily noticed by the casual observer. Your orthodontist will custom-design close-fitting clear trays for your teeth, which subtly move them into position over the duration of your treatment. Patients can comfortably wear their aligners most of the day and all night, while remaining discrete. As you smile, laugh and speak to those around you, most won’t have any idea that you are wearing aligner trays that are subtly transforming your smile before their eyes. No more bulky, scratchy metal brackets and wires needed.

Invisible Braces: Can You See the Aligners?

Many people ask “Can You See the Aligners?” because the aligners have a well-deserved reputation for being nearly invisible. This has meant that this smile-straightening solution has become a popular type of nearly-invisible braces option for social-conscious teenagers and face-to-face business-people alike. Clear aligners allow you to smile and laugh freely or conduct critical business meetings without feeling self-conscious about the appearance of your teeth. With this advanced, modern orthodontic solution, you can address a wide variety of smile needs. Orthodontists can treat overcrowded teeth, gaps between the teeth, overbites, underbites and other misalignments more conveniently than ever before. All without feeling the need to cover your smile to hide obvious dental accessories.

Invisalign® Aligner held up by hand.
Invisalign® Aligner held up by hand.

Comfortable, Convenient and Discrete

Aside from being subtle and nearly invisible, these aligners are also comfortable and easy to maintain. Patients can remove the trays for as long as a couple of hours a day, certainly one of the advantages of invisible braces. However to continue to effectively move teeth into the desired position, patients should wear their aligners for a minimum of 20-22 hours per day. They are so effective they can completely transform your smile in as little as six months. The average treatment time is usually a six to eighteen-month long timeframe. Using clear aligners, you can now get results more comfortably, conveniently and discretely.

To get started, talk to your orthodontist about your smile wants and needs to discuss whether clear aligners like Invisalign® are the right solution for you. Invisalign® is just one of many tools available to your orthodontist – by far the most important choice is that of an expertly trained and experienced treatment provider. After a consultation regarding your unique needs, you can then consider all possible treatment options – including the option of no treatment – to make an informed decision about what is best for you.

*If orthodontic X-rays are required, a fee of $180 applies. See Terms and Conditions. Treatment may not be suitable for you.

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Specialist Orthodontist Input by Dr Martin Fine BDS, MSc, MSc

Dr Martin Fine

Dr Martin Fine

Specialist Orthodontist Dr Martin Fine, BDS, MSc (Orthodontics), is based in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. With over 30 years' experience in private practice, Dr Fine has expertise working with a wide variety of orthodontic appliances, including braces and Invisalign. He has presented at orthodontic conferences globally, and has taught postgraduate orthodontic students at the University of Sydney. Dr Fine is a member of both the AAO (American Association of Orthodontists) and the ASO (Australian Society of Orthodontists), and is a former president of the Alpha-Omega Dental Society's Sydney Chapter.  In the past, Dr Fine's research has been featured in the Angle Orthodontist journal. Dr Fine is committed to providing outstanding patient care using the latest and most effective techniques. Most recently, Dr Fine has developed and introduced the innovative FineLine clear aligner system, which has been specifically developed to meet the needs of patients at Fine Orthodontics.

Written by Danielle Long

Danielle Long

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Danielle Long has been assisting in the creation of beautiful smiles at Fine Orthodontics for over 15 years. Holding graduate qualifications in English and Education (BA/BEd UNSW), Dani brings a unique blend of knowledge to her role. She has worked in many different areas of the practice, having served as both Clinical Assistant and Treatment Coordinator over the years. Continually fascinated by the art and science behind orthodontics, Dani is always keen to share her knowledge in order to enhance patient understanding and experience. Dani focuses on facilitating exceptional patient communication and delivering in-depth orthodontic treatment information. She strives to ensure that every individual embarking on their orthodontic journey with Fine Orthodontics feels informed and supported.

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