Want to correct that misalignment as an adult? Your top FAQs about Invisalign braces answered

In the adult world, a lot of daily life depends on appearance.


Indeed, people who appear better groomed are often taken more seriously than others and individuals who have straighter teeth are deemed more trustworthy and competent than those with slightly misaligned smiles.

Hardly fair if you are one of the 75% of adults whose teeth are not perfectly aligned! After all, there are many reasons why your teeth may not be well aligned; why should that impact on your professional life? Also, who would want to get their teeth straightened as an adult with a metal brace?

Luckily, there is a way that you are now able to straighten your teeth as an adult, without impinging on your professional appearance; the Invisalign aligner.

At Northern Beaches Dental, our dentist in Mackay is proud to offer eligible patients treatment using the Invisalign brace, helping you get that straighter smile you deserve in as little time as possible! With fewer check-ups required and simple to care for trays, Invisalign braces are the simplest and most lifestyle-friendly adult aligner available!

Have some questions? Our dentist in Mackay answers the top five most commonly asked questions about the Invisalign aligner below.

Do Invisalign braces hurt?

In a word, no.

While our dentist in Mackay cannot speak for everyone, if your braces are correctly fitted to your teeth, there should be minimal discomfort while undertaking treatment with Invisalign braces.

Once you put your first retainer in, you may notice a tight sensation; this is normal, but if you are worried about the level of discomfort you experience with the braces in, talk to our team.

Is anyone suitable for Invisalign?

Unfortunately, no.

No brace is suited for everyone and Invisalign cannot correct more complex cases of misalignments. However, it can help in the majority of misalignments, so come in and see our team at Northern Beaches Dental in Mackay to assess your suitability.

I read that this brace impacts on speech – is this true?

Having anything new in your mouth will require some adjustment, but once you have got used to wearing the Invisalign aligner, it should have no negative impact on your speech.

In fact, having misaligned teeth is more likely to affect your speech patterns than these braces, so over the course of the treatment, it is highly likely that your voice will sound different.

How long will I need to wear them for?

The overall treatment time is decided on a case by case basis and our dental team will be able to give you an accurate prediction during your consultation.

Each day, however, it is recommended that you wear the Invisalign brace for up to 22 hours to gain the most benefit.

Can Invisalign close gaps or correct my overbite?

Yes and yes!

But, as previously stated, this will depend on the severity of the overbite or the gaps and so, if they are extreme, you may be more suited to treatment with traditional orthodontic aligners.

Curious to know if Invisalign is for you? Call our team today!


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