Invisalign – How It Really Works?

Invisalign treatment is one of the cosmetic orthodontic treatments which acts as braces but with virtually invisible aligners. Invisalign orthodontics is categorised as a medical device by FDA and has appeared in the market since 1998.

Unlike normal braces treatment, Invisalign aligners are invisible and removable. This is the reason why this treatment method is more preferred among adults. Invisalign orthodontics just simply fits your lifestyle and gives patients the most comfort when effectively straightening their teeth.


For a cosmetic orthodontics, Invisalign ticks all the right boxes:

  • Transparent brace aligns your teeth while you maintain your lifestyle.
  • Fast result and convenient for patients, especially adults.
  • Oral hygiene maintenance easier for patients who are concerned about bad oral hygiene using ordinary brackets.
  • No discomfort from wires or tiny rubber bands.
  • The removable tray is more convenient for special needs, but this requires more self-discipline to achieve the best outcome.


Invisalign brace is made of thermoplastic and looks like a teeth-whitening tray. The Invisalign aligner is custom-made for each patient. For the best result, aligners should be worn for more than 20 hours a day.

Your teeth will be slowly adjusted accordingly to the force and timing of the application. For each time, just some of your teeth are shifted slightly towards the planned positions. Each of these adjustments is planned by your dentist when he or she visualises your future smile before the actual procedure.

Unlike normal braces, a patient can take off the aligner during eating so they still can enjoy their favourite food without affecting the treatment. Also, patients can easily remove it for brushing and flossing to maintain oral hygiene. Like ordinary dental braces, it is recommended that patients use a retainer to maintain the position after the treatment.



Invisalign treatment often takes 12 months for adults, yet treatment length varies depending on each condition and is determined by your dentist.

The first step is to find a trained Invisalign treatment provider. Dentists who can perform Invisalign must complete specialised instructional sessions and receive ongoing clinical training class on related topics. A qualified Invisalign provider can visualise your smile using the software before the actual procedure. Then the aligner is custom-made to ensure the correct placement of your teeth within the anticipated time frame. At our Blackburn dental clinic, Healthy Smiles, we offer effective Invisalign treatment with an affordable price.

The consultation with your preferred Invisalign provider after the first step will help you to know if Invisalign is suitable for the current condition of your teeth.

Appointments with your dentist are every 4-6 weeks so he or she can adjust the aligner force periodically to achieve the best outcome. During this time, the patients must follow the procedure strictly, such as wearing aligner for a minimum 20 hours a day and only take it out for eating and maintaining oral hygiene. The Invisalign aligner can bring discomfort for the first couple of days until your teeth get used to the applied force.


The Invisalign cost is not much more expensive than the ordinary braces and depends on the condition of the teeth. The price often varies from $3,000 for a light treatment to $8,000 for a complex treatment. The benefits of Invisalign treatments are in maintaining your lifestyle and normal oral hygiene habits.

Invisalign orthodontics is the more pleasant method of straightening your teeth and may achieve faster result than normal braces. A patient can contact their dentists regarding treatment level, costs, and payment plans. It is also advised that patients should go to more than one Invisalign service provider to have a comparison of the services before making the decision.

Dr. Ved Berani

Author: Dr. Ved Berani

Dr. Ved Berani is the Founder of Healthysmiles – Dental Clinic in Blackburn, Melbourne Delivers High Quality Cosmetic Dentistry in A Relaxed & Pleasant Environment.

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