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Things I wish I knew before I got Invisalign

Updated: Nov 28, 2023

Invisalign - Everything you need to know and our Frequently Asked Questions

Invisalign Gympie | Gympie Dental Clinic
Invisalign Things You Need To Know

1. What is Invisalign treatment?

Invisalign® treatment uses a series of clear plastic removable orthodontic aligners to gently move your teeth in small increments.

For the best results, Invisalign clear aligners are to be worn 20 to 22 hours a day.

Each aligner is slightly different, you’ll wear a set of aligners for one to two weeks or as prescribed by your dentist, before moving onto the next set.

Invisalign is a clear and removable teeth straightener and the treatment is a process of wearing it to gradually straighten your teeth.

It doesn’t come with brackets, wires, or elastics nor the restrictions that come with wearing metal braces.

2. What are Invisalign clear aligners made of and what do they look like?

Invisalign is made of flexible plastic. It is a thermoplastic material that is made specifically for Invisalign.

Invisalign clear teeth straighteners are TGA approved and don’t contain BPS, BPA, latex, or gluten.

It is thin and fits snugly on your teeth, making it virtually invisible.

3. How does Invisalign move teeth?

Dr Mark Cull will use a computer program to create a digital treatment plan specifically for you. You will be able to see how your teeth are going to move into place.

Over a period of time, you will use a number of different Invisalign clear aligners, and they will slowly move your teeth into place. Each aligner is slightly different, you’ll wear a set of aligners for one to two weeks or as prescribed by your dentist, before moving onto the next set.

It will be designed to apply the right amount of force to the right teeth at the right time, so that your teeth will move according to the digital treatment plan that Dr Mark Cull created for you.

Dr Mark Cull will be there to monitor the progress of your teeth’s movements and ensure that your Invisalign aligners fit snugly and correctly.

4. What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Invisalign clear teeth straighteners have a lot of benefits.

It is clear and virtually invisible. People won’t even notice that you are wearing one, so you can’t still flash your natural smile!

Your clear teeth aligners are removable. You can remove it to enjoy your favourite food!

Also, it doesn’t come with annoying brackets, wires, or elastics so you can straighten your teeth without the pain and hassle!

5. Am I guaranteed to have straight teeth with Invisalign treatment?

Dr Mark Cull won’t recommend Invisalign to you if he is not confident with this treatment.

Dr Mark Cull loves Invisalign so much. He’s been doing Invisalign treatment since 2011.

We have many happy patients who love their straight teeth and new smile.

6. Is Invisalign treatment right for me?

Probably!!! Invisalign treatment might be the right procedure for you. However, there are certain cases when traditional braces might be the best or only option.

The best way to find out if Invisalign is for you is to have an appointment and consult with Dr Cull.

Invisalign can be used by teenagers and adults.

7. How long is the Invisalign treatment process?

Every dental case is unique, so the timeline isn’t the same for all. We have straightened a lot of crooked teeth over the last 10 years.

Your treatment time will depend on the complexity of your case. We wish we could give you a more clear answer, but it really depends on lots of things.

When you talk with Dr Mark Cull, he might be able to tell you the average time that it will take to get your teeth straightened with Invisalign.

8. How often should I see my dentist during the Invisalign treatment process?

How often you need to see your dentist will vary according to the treatment plan that he gave you. It all depends on the situation of your teeth.

Dr Mark Cull will assess the complexity of your teeth’s condition and will tell you how often you should visit him to get your teeth and Invisalign aligners checked.

9. How many hours per day should I wear my aligners?

For best results, it is highly recommended that you wear your Invisalign clear teeth straighteners for 20 to 22 hours a day.

You can take them out when you have to eat, brush, or floss.

10. Can I get Invisalign treatment on just my top or bottom teeth instead of both?

Yes, you may do both top and bottom teeth.

11. How much does Invisalign cost?

We can’t give you the exact price because we would need to assess your current situation.

What we can tell you is prices generally start from $7,500.

We offer great finance and payment options to help you get started.

12. What are the Invisalign payment options that you offer?

We offer flexible and interest-free dental payments solutions, such as Hummm and Afterpay.

13. Can I switch from traditional metal braces to Invisalign?


It really depends on a case by case basis.

It's good to know that there is a chance that this may be possible!

Dr Mark Cull is very experienced and he will help you make the best decision.

If you want to make the switch from metal braces to Invisalign, it is highly recommended that you consult with Dr Mark Cull about the process.

14. How do I clean my Invisalign aligners?

To clean your Invisalign aligners, we suggest you clean them at the same time you brush your teeth.

Do not use toothpaste to clean the aligners.

You can use a soft toothbrush and denture cleaner.

Rinse every night and brush them gently with a soft toothbrush to keep them clean.

Never use hot water in cleaning your Invisalign clear teeth straighteners as this may warp the plastic material.

15. What if I lose or break an aligner. What should I do?

When you lose or break your Invisalign aligner, you should let your dentist know right away.

Your dentist may ask you to wear your old set of aligners, your next set of aligners, or order a replacement for your lost or broken one.

Final Word

At Channon Lawrence Dental, we love Invisalign and the results we get for our patients.

If you have been thinking about straightening your teeth and not keen on traditional metal braces, we think that you will love Invisalign.

Call and book an appointment.


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