Invisalign FAQ

 

At BrightSmile Avenue we love to help our patients reinvent their smile with Invisalign. We’ve written some other articles detailing what Invisalign is and what the process is like. Here we’ve compiled a list of some of the most frequently asked questions to save you some time in your consultation!

 

How long does Invisalign treatment last?

Invisalign treatment times will vary from patient to patient. In general, you’re looking at about 12-24 months, depending on the complexity of the case and patient compliance.

Is Invisalign more expensive than regular treatment?

This will depend on your case. Typically, Invisalign is fairly comparable in cost to other orthodontic methods, but is more expensive than traditional metal braces. We try to make sure everyone gets the best treatment they can afford at BrightSmile Avenue.

Does Invisalign hurt?

Traditional wire and bracket orthodontics have a bad history of leaving ulcers, cuts, and sores in the mouth. Luckily, there are no such issues with Invisalign. There isan initial adjustment period where the aligners will feel uncomfortable to wear. This is perfectly normal when introducing any foreign body to the mouth. But there’s no pain.

How long do I have to wear my aligners for?

At BrightSmile Avenue, we recommend you wear your aligners for 20-22 hours a day for maximum results. Failure to wear the aligners long enough will result in treatment either not working, or taking substantially longer than necessary.

Are there any special cleaning instructions?

One of the best things about Invisalign is that you can eat regular food and clean your teeth as normal. The aligners themselves don’t require any special cleaning — just make sure your teeth are clean before you put them back on.

What happens if I lose a set of aligners?

The team at BrightSmile Avenue will help you get a replacement set as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, replacement Invisalign aligners do incur an additional cost — so keep them safe!

Have any more pressing questions? Contact our team at BrightSmile Avenue today. We’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you may have! email us at info@brightsmileavenue.com

What’s the Invisalign Process?

Invisalign is an innovative orthodontic treatment that uses clear plastic aligners to straighten teeth rather than traditional wires and brackets. This alone is enough to convince most people to consider Invisalign for their orthodontic needs — but little do they realize that the entire process provides a unique experience that will change how they think about orthodontic treatment.

At BrightSmile Avenue, we’re proud to offer Invisalign to our patients. So what is this unique experience? What is the actual Invisalign process? Let’s take a look.

 It all starts with taking records

Like with any orthodontic treatment, we need to take records of your mouth. With Invisalign, that means taking photos of your teeth and face, getting dental X-rays, and making impressions of your teeth.

These records are sent off to Invisalign along with detailed notes. These instructions tell Invisalign things like what the patient’s goals are, and the ultimate desired outcome from treatment.

 Then comes the digital mock-up

After the records and instructions are sent, Invisalign makes digital scans of the mouth impressions and starts creating digital simulations. These simulations are sent back to BrightSmile Avenue for us to show you how your treatment will go. Using these digital simulations, we can give you an idea of how your teeth will move over the course of treatment, and what the final result will look like.

Sometimes the dentists at BrightSmile Avenue might have recommendations for changes to the provided simulation. These changes will be addressed with you first. Pending your approval, the notes will be sent to Invisalign for corrections to the simulations to be made.

Finally, we get the aligners

Once we’ve all agreed on the treatment process based on the simulation, we give Invisalign the go-ahead to make the aligners. These aligners are sent to us at BrightSmile Avenue. We walk you through the entire process of placing and removing the aligners, cleaning them, and any trouble-shooting you might need.

You will wear one set of aligners for approximately two weeks, before moving onto the next set. With each set, your teeth will move approximately 1/10 of a millimeter. Over time, this will push your teeth into the desired position to achieve the proper result.

Interested in getting your teeth straightened? Think Invisalign sounds interesting? Contact our friendly team at 6212556 or email us at info@brightsmileavenue.comtoday to book an appointment and find out more!

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Invisalign at BrightSmile Avenue

There’s a stigma around traditional braces that prevents many adults from using them. They’re obvious, they attract unwanted attention, they’re “unattractive”, they’re meant for teenagers — all of these ideas and perceptions influence how many people perceive them. So what can adults with crooked teeth do to align their teeth? How can busy professionals or those who can’t afford to have obvious orthodontic work get treatment?

The answer is simple:

Invisalign.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that replaces traditional, obvious braces with removable, clear plastic aligners. Rather than deal with the inconvenience of metal or ceramic wires and brackets, patients use a discrete system of sequential aligners to achieve the results they desire.

How does Invisalign Work?

Traditional braces use a series of brackets and wires to reposition teeth. The brackets are fixed to the teeth, while the wires are used to apply pressure and move the teeth into the desired position.

Here at BrightSmile Avenue our Invisalign treatment uses a series of clear plastic aligners to adjust teeth. Each set of aligners is designed specially to fit your teeth, and your teeth only. They apply gentle but consistent pressure to ease the teeth into the desired position. These aligners are replaced every two weeks or so, with each set moving the teeth further along in the sequence towards to the finished outcome.

Benefits of Invisalign

The primary benefit over traditional orthodontic systems is that Invisalign is almost unnoticeable. Many patients report that they’re able to go through treatment with few people realising. This is ideal for professionals, as well as those in positions where obvious orthodontics may be a problem such as actors and models.

A secondary benefit of Invisalign is that the aligners are removable. This allows patients to eat whatever foods they want, and clean their teeth normally. It removes the special dietary and hygiene protocols that often make orthodontics unattractive to many people.

Lastly, Invisalign uses state of the art technology to scan the teeth and plan the treatment process. Detailed 3D scans are taken of the patient’s mouth, before sophisticated software maps out the course of the treatment. These 3D plans actually let patients see a virtual mockup of how their teeth will look at the end of treatment before they begin.

Cons of Invisalign

Unfortunately, no system is perfect. Invisalign has some drawbacks. Primarily, these are:

Invisalign cannot treat overly complex cases. The system is best utilized with light to moderate cases of crooked or misaligned teeth. Situations where there is severe misalignment of teeth will still require at least a partial application of traditional orthodontics before Invisalign can be used.

Invisalign relies on patient compliance. While it’s certainly helpful to be able to remove the aligners, they must be worn for 20 hours a day to be effective. One of the biggest barriers to Invisalign’s effectiveness is actually patients forgetting to place their aligners back on their teeth after eating or cleaning. This can make the system less than ideal for teenaged patients, or those who simply don’t trust themselves to be diligent with replacing the aligners.

If you’re looking to get orthodontic treatment, but don’t want the hassle of traditional metal or ceramic braces, contact BrightSmile Avenue today and ask about Invisalign.

Call us 6212556 or email us at info@brightsmileavenue.com

Your Path to a New Smile

Getting orthodontic braces and having your teeth aligned are not just for aesthetic purposes. It fixes numerous problems such as crooked or crowded teeth, overbites, underbites, and other jaw-related concerns. Ignoring these issues can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and the development of speech disorders. Teeth alignment and getting a new, better smile has psychological effects as well, boosting one’s confidence and self-esteem.

Getting orthodontic braces, however, is a painful and time-consuming process that greatly affects your lifestyle and disposition. With traditional metal braces, you have to contend with diet restrictions, missing brackets, and of course, pain with every adjustment. It’s a long, uncomfortable, and exhausting process that can take years.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is the latest innovation in orthodontics technology. It is the culmination of 20 years of research, over 900 patents, and the world’s largest 3D printing operation which resulted in a groundbreaking alternative to traditional metal braces. Invisalign uses nearly invisible aligners to straighten your teeth, leaving no unsightly trace or residue. Each aligner is molded specifically to the wearer that’s uniquely developed according to the treatment plan prescribed by your orthodontist, thereby ensuring visible results and improvement in as little as two weeks.

The treatment starts with a non-invasive 3D scan of your smile using an iTero Element scanner. Your dentist will then map out the journey to your new smile showing you every step of the way until the whole treatment is complete. Yes, you’ll be able to see what the finished product looks like before you even get your first aligner. You can work with your orthodontist step-by-step to make sure you get the smile you’ve always dreamed of.


What are Invisalign’s advantages over traditional braces?

Invisalign’s biggest advantage is that it’s removable as opposed to traditional braces where each bracket is bonded to your teeth. This spells the difference in being able to enjoy eating food that’s normally bad for braces, such as hamburgers and hard, crunchy food. When using Invisalign clear aligners, you can just remove it before a meal and indulge to your heart’s content. Just make sure to place it back, though! Brushing your teeth and flossing is another situation where being able to remove your aligners come in handy. It’s easier by a large margin to clean your teeth using Invisalign versus brushing and having to floss in between wired brackets.

Another benefit is course, Invisalign being practically invisible. Let’s face it – metal braces are not the prettiest thing in the world. Don’t get us wrong, though. Traditional braces play an important part in straightening teeth and fixing one’s bite but using clear aligners lets you go about your business without drastically changing a lifestyle you’ve grown accustomed to.

With Invisalign being made of pliable and sturdy Smart Track material, there are fewer emergency visits to the dentist. You won’t have to worry about brackets or wires breaking or coming loose when you least expect it.

Interested in getting Invisalign clear aligners? Consult with our orthodontists in Brightsmile Fort Bonifacio and Brightsmile Banawe to start off your journey to a new smile.

Why Choose BrightSmile Avenue To Be Your Accredited Invisalign Provider? 

Congratulations! You have extensively researched all of your options and decided to pursue Invisalign treatment to straighten your teeth right? Now one important thing is that you just need to choose the right provider provider.

Now, It is very important to understand that Invisalign is more than just a product, it also depends on the technique, and your satisfaction of your provider.

We are proud to say that BrightSmile Avenue is experienced and efficient in treating Invisalign patients. Our clinic’s primary goal for you during this treatment is to achieve straight and a healthy smile. Remember Invisalign and traditional braces requires an investment of both time and money so it is important to know what to expect as you embark upon this treatment plan.

The Technique
Invisalign is one of the most popular and successful methods for achieving straight teeth and a healthy smile, with over 20 years of research and 4 million cases to support its popularity. Invisalign uses custom-made BPA-free clear plastic aligner trays that fit snugly over the teeth to gradually shift teeth into the correct position, either horizontally, vertically, or even rotating teeth as needed. To begin treatment, the doctor uses a scanner to create precise 3D digital images of the teeth. These images are used to create the aligner trays and for the doctor to design an individual treatment plan. Aligner trays need to be worn 20-22 hours per day for optimal results, but are removed while eating, drinking, brushing and flossing teeth. Each aligner tray is worn for 1-2 weeks, then replaced with a set of slightly different trays, each set moving the teeth closer to the goal. This technique is very different from traditional braces, and requires training and mastery for the best results.

We are an Accredited Invisalign Provider
Each Invisalign provider goes through extensive clinical and hands-on training to become certified in using the Invisalign product and technique. Following certification, providers earn designations from Invisalign based on the number of patients they treat each year and their overall experience and success in using the Invisalign system. Dr. Capicoy is an accredited Invisalign provider in the Philippines for the past 8 years. Choosing BrightSmile Avenue for your Invisalign journey means you’re choosing the best.

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