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Invisalign® clear aligners

About Invisalign

What does your smile say about you? Whether we like it or not, our smile tells others a lot about us – the good and the bad. 80% of us suffer from some level of malocclusion or crowding that not only leaves us embarrassed to smile, but often results in decay, bone loss, and ultimately tooth loss.

At Victoria Street Dental we understand the importance of having healthy, beautiful and straight teeth. As an Invisalign® Provider,  Dr. James Au  and staff are qualified to help you attain the beautiful, healthy smile of your dreams with adult and teen orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry.

Invisalign is the clear alternative to conventional braces that allows you to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. It uses a series of virtually invisible and removable custom-made smooth plastic aligners that fit comfortably over your teeth and gradually shift them into place over time with each change of aligners. It is ideal for patients who want to improve their smile without the embarrassment and discomfort that can come with traditional braces.

It is commonly misunderstood that Invisalign is only suitable for patients with minor dental issues. However, Invisalign corrects a wide variety of malocclusion. With the advancement of technology, Invisalign has the ability to correct 6 dental issues – Spacing, Crossbite, Open Bite, Crowding, Excessive Overjet and Deep Bite.

There are certain situation where conventional braces may yield a better result. To know more about which option suits you and cost, please book an appointment with our clinic for a consultation.


The Benefits of Invisalign

More and more patients all over the world have started putting themselves in the Invisalign treatment due to the following reasons:

  • Invisible – No one can tell you are straightening your teeth. Now, you can smile during treatment as well as after.
  • Removable – You can eat and drink whatever you want during treatment. It gives you better oral hygiene because you can brush and floss as normal.
  • Comfortable – It has no metal so mouth abrasion will not be caused during treatment.

Invisalign is an excellent alternative to traditional braces, especially for busy adults who prefer to go without the appearance of wire. Many patients find that the cost of Invisalign is comparable to the cost of traditional treatment but the benefits are much greater.


Invisalign Process

Getting Prepped

You will kick-start your Invisalign journey by having a consultation with our dentist who will examine your facial features and facial profile, followed by your teeth and gums condition. X-rays and a study model of your teeth is needed for a more detailed analysis to check if it can be straightened using the Invisalign system.

As not all cases require teeth extractions, our dentist will create a customised treatment plan best suited for your condition based on these diagnostic records. Once confirmed, a detailed virtual 3D treatment plan will be created using the highly advanced ClinCheck® software that allows you to see the straightening process of your teeth from start to the end result even before you begin your invisible braces treatment.


The Journey to Success

6-8 weeks after your records have been submitted to the Invisalign headquarters in the United States, your custom-made Invisalign aligners will be ready and issued to you. Aligners have to be changed approximately every 2 weeks and you are expected to wear them for at least 20-22 hours every day.

Our dentists and staff will educate you on overcoming any challenges you may have with your aligners by providing you with tips and advice. Along the way, you will be given occasional check-up by your dentist to monitor your progress and ensure that you are comfortable with your treatment. Should you require any help, our friendly staff will always be a phone call away!


The New You

The duration of your treatment depends on the complexity of your teeth conditions which will be advised by your dentist. At the end of the treatment, you will receive retainers to be worn on a regular basis to keep your new confident and beautiful smile lasting. With this transformation, you can now present yourself confidently, creating a pleasing and lasting first impression!

To learn more and see if Invisalign is right for you, please book in for a consultation with our dentist today! Victoria Street Dental, conveniently located in Wellington CBD.