A quick guide to Invisalign aligners

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There is a lot of buzz about realignment procedures in adult life, especially if you missed the opportunity to undertake them as a child.

In fact, there has been such a push for adult orthodontics that many people are now able to undertake invisible aligners like Invisalign to straighten their teeth. But what does this process involve? Here is a short guide.

The initial meeting

Sadly, when it comes to wearing invisible braces Sydney, it is not as simple as everyone is suitable for them. Indeed, in order to be deemed suitable to wear invisible aligners like Invisalign, you need to be deemed to have a mild to moderate case of dental misalignment. If you have protrusions, issues with the alignment of your molars, or teeth that require rotation, then the majority of dental surgeries will advise you to undertake a fitted brace instead.

But if you are given the green light, your dentist or orthodontist will take a scan of your teeth, which will then be sent away to a laboratory.

The printing!

From the intraoral scan, a base template of the shape of your teeth is created, and each stage of the realignment process is mapped out using a computer.

These stages are then printed using a 3D printer, and typically, there will be between 12-14 aligners per set. The printing itself will take between 4-6 weeks from the initial consultation with your dentist or orthodontist.

The wearing

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So, now that you have your aligners, you need to begin wearing them.

Based on the severity of your misalignment, your dental team will be able to advise you on the length of time each day that you need to wear them, but for the majority of dental patients, it is around 22 hours.

When you are eating food or drinking anything besides cold water, you will need to take the aligners out and place them in the carry cases provided. You will also have to keep them clean, which will involve rinsing them under a cold tap. Under no circumstances should you put them in a dishwasher or use hot water to clean them, as this can cause warping.

Potential complications

The core complications that arise with wearing aligners are either the loss or damage of them.

Should you lose an aligner or damage one, it is important that you order a new one from your dentist or orthodontist as soon as you can. You should not skip ahead to the next aligner, as this can cause the alignment process to fall out of sync, potentially worsening any underlying problems.

If you feel that your realignment treatment is not going as planned, you need to talk to your dental team or orthodontist as soon as you can.


The majority of adults assume Invisalign, or indeed any orthodontic tool, is going to be expensive.

However, as you search for a provider, you will find that almost all of them are also able to offer credit plans, which will help you to spread the cost of the treatment over several months or even years. That way, you can get straighter teeth without putting yourself into financial difficulties. Great!


Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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