Invisalign® aligner trays are constructed with smooth, comfy and virtually transparent plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and ever so gently shift your teeth into position, based on the precise movements that are planned out for you personally.
There are no metal braces to attach and no wires to tighten up. You just visit our Auckland Invisalign® practice, put in another set of aligners approximately every two-three weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a fantastic smile with little interruption in your daily life. The best part about the whole orthodontics procedure is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth.
How much does an Invisalign cost?
Invisalign costs vary based on difficulty of the tooth and jaw movements required, and overall length of treatment. Invisalign total treatment cost at All Smiles Dental ranges from $4500 (inclusive of all diagnostic records and BOTH fixed and removable retainers at the end of treatment) up to $11000 for complex treatment over several years. There are a range of different Invisalign treatment types depending on what suits your needs best.
At All Smiles we make sure to always provide a full cost estimate prior to commencing any treatment.
Can you get Invisalign for top teeth only?
Yes, you can absolutely get Invisalign for top teeth (or lower teeth) only. Speak to any of our clinicians at All Smiles to see if this is suitable for you.
Can you pay off Invisalign?
All orthodontic treatment at All Smiles Dental is available on a no-interest payment plan, including Invisalign. Your payment plan details will be discussed with you at the first consultation appointment, so you always know exactly what is included and there are no surprises around fees!
Why is Invisalign expensive?
Invisalign was the market leader in removable aligners and for many years held the patent on removable aligner technology. For this reason, Invisalign were able to charge whatever they liked, and they were originally one of the most expensive treatment options available as they were the only clear aligner providers! As more removable aligner systems became available over recent years, Invisalign have had to meet the market, and they have therefore become more efficient with their product and reduced the cost of their treatment plans.
Can I drink coffee with Invisalign on?
It is not recommended to eat or drink anything with your Invisalign aligners in place, except for room temperature plain water. The reason is that food or drink (including coffee) can seep underneath the aligners – and then become trapped there until the aligners are next removed (which may be hours!). In that time, they can stain your teeth, stain the aligners, and even worse – can increase the risk of developing tooth decay! It is therefore always recommended to remove your aligners before eating or drinking.
What happens if you don’t wear Invisalign for a day?
The beauty of Invisalign is that it is removable – but this is also it’s downfall! Invisalign ONLY works when it is in your mouth – and therefore we recommend it is worn at all times except when eating, drinking and cleaning your teeth. If you do happen to have a social event or function where you want to remove it for a few hours though – this shouldn’t affect your overall treatment time (provided it’s not every day!).
What can Invisalign not fix?
Invisalign has come a very long way since it’s invention in 1997 – and the design advances along the 20+ years it has been around mean that there is not much in the realm of tooth alignment and orthodontics that it can’t fix. Invisalign is appropriate for children, teens and adults, and for growing and non-growing patients. Invisalign can also be used for extraction and non-extraction situations, and for cases where jaw alignment is required, as elastics can also be used together with Invisalign. There are a few situations where Invisalign may not be the most appropriate treatment, in which case we can advise you of alternatives.
Do you wear Invisalign when you sleep?
YES! Invisalign is worn both when awake and when asleep, as it requires a minimum of 20 hours per day to be most effective. Remember, the Invisalign aligners need to be in your mouth to straighten your teeth!