Treatments

Invisalign

Click the video below to watch Dr Parsonage from Spa Dental presenting the Invisalign informational video – Invisalign - The high-tech, invisible way to straighten your teeth.


The clear alternative to braces ®

woman wearing invisalign

Have you always wanted to smile with confidence but didn’t want to have to go through the hassle of braces? Invisalign could be the perfect solution for you. Invisalign is the virtually invisible and hygienic alternative to braces that lets you keep smiling during your treatment.

Invisalign uses a series of custom made, removable, clear aligners that gradually move teeth toward the smile you’ve always wanted. Invisalign is so discrete, most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them!

Over 3 million patients are smiling with confidence thanks to Invisalign. Not only can you have the smile you’ve always wanted, there are many health benefits to having straighter teeth.  Easier cleaning means healthier gums and teeth.

With Invisalign, there's nothing between you and a healthy, confident smile.

96% Patient Satisfaction Rate

Over 3 million patients are smiling with confidence thanks to Invisalign. Without brackets or wires, Invisalign takes a modern approach to teeth straightening and is virtually invisible.

Developed with Orthodontists

Invisalign is the virtually invisible and hygienic alternative to braces that lets you keep smiling during your treatment. Invisalign uses a series of custom-made, clear, removable aligners that gradually move teeth toward the smile you’ve always wanted. Invisalign is so discreet; most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them.

Clear, Removable, Comfortable

Invisalign fits with your lifestyle to ensure your treatment doesn’t hold you back. The removable nature of the aligners means you can take them out for special occasions, continue to eat your favourite foods and brush and floss normally to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Invisalign FAQs

  • Removable appliances have been used successfully by dentists and orthodontists for years! The introduction of Align Technology’s 3D computer technology and mass-customisation now allows the Invisalign System to treat a wide range of patients.

  • In 1945, Dr. H.D. Kiesling envisioned that future technology would allow dentists and orthodontists to use a series of specifically shaped tooth positioners to precisely align teeth. Align Technology was founded in 1997 and has developed this requirement.

  • Invisalign aligners move teeth with a specifically tailored force. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign is able to control both the amount of movement per aligner and the timing of the movement. With each aligner, only certain teeth are allowed to move. The result is an efficient force delivery and teeth alignment system.

  • Strong, medical grade thermoplastic material, developed solely for the Invisalign System.

  • Appointment intervals are generally the same as with traditional braces, but as no adjustments need to be made to wires/brackets, appointments are usually shorter! You may need to visit roughly every 4 to 6 weeks to ensure treatment is progressing as planned and receive your next sets of Invisalign aligners, but this interval can vary.

  • Treatment duration is generally comparable to that of braces and can typically take 9 to 18 months. This time can vary however, and an appointment can provide you with a much better estimate!

  • With new alignment stage, some people may experience a minor feeling of pressure. For those who do experience this, it typically only lasts for a few days. This is a sign that the aligners are working, moving your teeth gradually, helping you to achieve the final results!

  • Crowns (tooth caps) do not usually affect treatment. In some cases however, small tooth-coloured composites called "attachments" are required to help achieve certain movements. These must be bonded to the tooth, and can be more difficult to bond to crowns. In these cases, we will carefully evaluate the location of crows to develop a solution.

  • Not at all!

    You can eat and drink whatever you like during treatment because you can remove your aligners. It is both easy and necessary to brush and floss your teeth after each meal and prior to re-inserting your aligners to maintain proper hygiene.

  • Aligners should be worn at all times during treatment, except when eating, brushing or flossing teeth.

The Difference

Invisalign straightens your teeth bit by bit, with a series of completely transparent aligners. There are no wires or brackets, and they are nearly invisible when you wear them.

As fixed braces can only be removed by professionals, they can make it difficult to clean your teeth and gums effectively. They may also limit what you can comfortably eat.

You can remove your Invisalign aligners any time during treatment. You can eat whatever you want, maintain good oral hygiene, and even remove them briefly for special occasions if you choose to!

You're in control!

Treatment Process

Discover how each step in the Invisalign process works to achieve a confident smile.

You may be somewhat familiar with how the Invisalign® treatment works, but we’d like to take you through each step of the treatment process, from consultation to confident smile. Whether you’re considering treatment for yourself or someone else, knowing more about the entire process can help you be more confident in your decision to choose Invisalign and enjoy a better smile every day.

  1. Talk to SPA Dental – an Invisalign Provider

    Your treatment begins after you select the experienced Invisalign Preferred Provider that you feel most comfortable with and schedule your initial consultation.  Because you will be interacting with this doctor on a regular basis, you may want to personally meet with us before deciding if we are right for you. This is an important medical and financial decision. That's why choosing the right doctor and the right treatment plan is so essential. Keep in mind that not all dentists and orthodontists work with Invisalign, so it's important to find a doctor who has received the proper Invisalign training and can truly evaluate your needs and determine how Invisalign can help you.

    During the consultation, you and your doctor will discuss your case in detail to determine if you're a good candidate for Invisalign. Invisalign now addresses many cases, from simple to more complex. Your doctor will determine if Invisalign is right for you. (Take the Smile Assessment ahead of time to see if you might be a good candidate.) This will also be your opportunity to ask any questions about Invisalign, costs , dental/orthodontic insurance, or any other concerns. See which doctors in your area are Invisalign Providers.

  2. A Customized Treatment Plan is Created for You

    Your doctor will take x-rays, pictures and impressions of your teeth, which Invisalign will use to create a digital 3-D image of them. From these images your doctor will map out a precise treatment plan, including the exact movements of your teeth, and tell you the approximate length of treatment. Using the same technology your doctor will be able to show you a virtual representation of how your teeth will move with each stage of treatment.  While every case is unique to each patient, treatment typically takes approximately a year for adults. For teens the length of treatments is comparable to that of braces.

  3. Receive Your Custom Aligners Based On Your Personalized Treatment Plan

    Based on your individual treatment plan, a series of custom-made, clear aligners is then created specifically for you. These aligners are made of a smooth, comfortable, BPA-free plastic that won't irritate your cheeks and gums like traditional metal braces often do. Simply wear them throughout the day, and remove them when you eat or to brush and floss your teeth. As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth gently and gradually begin to shift into place. And because they're virtually invisible, most people won't even notice you're wearing them.

  4. Wear a New Aligner Every Two Weeks

    Approximately every two weeks, you will begin wearing a new set of aligners, advancing you to the next stage of your treatment. To monitor your progress, you will also have occasional checkups with your doctor, usually only every six weeks or so. For best results and a timely outcome, you should wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, throughout your entire treatment. At every stage, you will be able to see how much closer you are to having the smile that reflects the real you.

  5. Reveal Your New Smile And Keep It Looking Great!

    Congratulations! This is the time when you celebrate. You have reached the end of treatment and you will be smiling more than ever.

Bonded Retainers

Once your treatment is complete, protect the beautiful new smile you have invested in. Ask your doctor if you will need retainers to keep your teeth in their new position. Vivera® retainers are custom made using the same state-of-the-art technology as Invisalign. Vivera retainers lock in your beautiful smile.

Studies show that without retainers straight teeth can gradually shift back towards their initial position. This is a common occurrence with all orthodontic treatment, but is one that can easily be overcome. Wearing Vivera retainers after traditional braces or Invisalign treatment means you are keeping your teeth in their new position and protecting your smile and investment.

Invisalign Teen

There are several options available for teenagers, depending on the maturity of their teeth.

Some teenagers are better suited to the adult range, however those who do not yet have their adult teeth can be treated with Invisalign Teen, designed specifically for teenagers!

We at SPA Dental are able to determine which range should be used.

Why Invisalign Teen?

Invisalign Teen was developed in coordination with teenagers, parents and leading orthodontists who understand the treatment needs of teenage patients.

Invisalign Teen aligners are made with the same technology in Invisalign aligners, with a few added features:

  • Blue wear-indicators fade from blue to clear to aid in gauging wear time.
  • The aligners are specifically designed to compensate for the emergence of canines, second premolars and second molars.

Results

Invisalign has treated over 3 million people worldwide.

results: cross results: crowding results: deep results: spacing

Invisalign® Treatable Cases

Invisalign corrects a wide variety of teeth straightening problems. Whatever your particular issue, your doctor will create a treatment plan just for you.

From mild cases of crooked teeth and protruding teeth, to much more difficult dental problems involving serious malocclusion, overbite, or underbite, Invisalign® effectively corrects a wide variety of dental problems. Whether your teeth are widely gapped, overly crowded or somewhere in between, Invisalign has an affordable teeth straightening option for you.

Take a look at our Invisalign Actual Results; you'll find relevant before-and-after pictures of some real Invisalign patients. You'll see for yourself the cosmetic improvement-but the more important aspect is that fixing common teeth problems can potentially have positive benefits for your dental health as well as overall health. Take a moment to watch this video about the negative effects crooked teeth can have on your oral health.

Were also continually making new advancements in our products and treatment process for even better clinical results. Most recently, the addition of Precision Cuts allows our aligners to now accommodate the use of elastics. As a result, more severe bite issues can be corrected effectively.

Here are some of the main conditions Invisalign currently treats. But if there is a specific dental problem that you do not see addressed here, please contact your Invisalign Provider for more information to see if Invisalign is right for you.

  • GAPPED TEETH

    gapped teeth

    Gaps between teeth can occur with abnormal continued growth of the jawbone. Missing teeth can also cause the surrounding teeth to shift due to the extra space, creating gaps in your teeth. Spacing issues and gaps between teeth can lead to gum problems (due to lack of protection by the teeth), periodontal pockets and increased risk of periodontal disease.

  • OVERBITE

    overbite

    What people commonly refer to as an "overbite" is known to dental professionals as "overjet." It occurs when the upper teeth bite over the lower teeth. It's typically caused by genetics, bad oral habits, or overdevelopment of the bone that supports the teeth. This can lead to gum problems or irritation, and/or wear on the lower teeth, and can cause painful jaw and joint problems.

  • UNDERBITE

    underbite

    Underbite can occur when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth. It's usually caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw, or both. It can also be caused by missing upper teeth. This can prevent the normal function of front teeth or molars, which can lead to tooth wear. It can also cause painful jaw and joint problems.

  • OPEN BITE

    open bite

    Open bite often occurs when some teeth are unable to make physical contact with the opposing teeth for a proper bite. Most often caused by a genetic abnormal jaw structure or excessive thumb-sucking, an open bite can cause poor or painful chewing, and even speech impairment. It can also lead to greater issues like thermo-mandibular joint disorder (TMJ).

  • OVERLY CROWDED

    overly crowded

    Teeth crowding occurs when there is simply a lack of room within your jaw for all of your teeth to fit normally. When left untreated, overly crowded teeth can get worse over time, and result in severely crooked teeth. This crowding can lead to plaque accumulation, tooth decay and an increased chance of gum disease.

  • CROSSBITE

    crossbite

    Crossbite can occur when the upper and lower jaws are both misaligned. It causes one or more upper teeth to bite on the inside of the lower teeth, and can happen on both the front and the sides of the mouth. This can cause wear of the teeth, gum disease and bone loss.

How much does it cost?

We think the results are invaluable! However we know that price is an important part of choosing your treatment.

Generally the cost is comparable to traditional fixed braces. As with all orthodontic procedures, cost can vary a lot from patient to patient. As such, to obtain an estimate for your Invisalign treatment, contact us and arrange an initial consultation!