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Let’s get clear on invisible braces

Gone are the days when straightening your teeth meant a very noticeable (and not-so-flattering) set of metal braces.


Thank you, modern dentistry!


We’ve now entered the era of discreet dental treatments where you can straighten your smile with invisible braces — or clear aligners, to be exact.


Clear aligner systems like Invisalign are taking our dental clinics by storm. These invisible braces are as effective as they are popular. And no matter where you are in your teeth straightening journey, clear braces will give you the confidence to flash your pearly whites with pride.


But what are invisible braces?


How do they work?


And are they just as good as traditional braces?


We’re here to answer all these questions and more. It’s time to get clear on invisible braces.


 Psst… Want more personalised advice on whether invisible braces like Invisalign are right for you? Book in your FREE consultation at Delight Dental Spa!

What are invisible braces?

Invisible braces. Clear braces. Colourless braces.

Yep, this barely-there teeth straightening treatment goes by *many* names. But they all refer to the same thing.

Basically, we’re talking about clear aligner trays that are made from smooth, thin plastic. These aligner trays are custom-moulded to your mouth and fit snugly over the top of your teeth. This means you’ll barely feel them and others will barely notice them.
is the clear aligner system we offer at our Mascot dental clinic.

Invisalign invisible braces
Invisible braces or clear aligners like Invisalign fit snugly over your teeth and gently straighten your smile.

How do invisible braces work?

Invisible braces or clear aligners use a series of removable plastic trays to gently and gradually straighten your teeth.

The beauty of clear aligner treatments like Invisalign is that you can take out your trays to brush, floss, eat, drink or whenever you need some extra freedom.

But don’t launch into a 3-day-tray-vacay just yet! Your aligner trays must be worn over your teeth for at least 20 to 22 hours per day to be effective.

How long does invisible braces treatment usually take?

Every smile is unique… and so is your treatment time.

With Invisalign clear aligners, a full treatment can typically last anywhere from 6 months to 36 months. We know — that’s quite a large ballpark. But it all comes down to the complexity of your case.

If your teeth only have minor issues and require less movement, your treatment time will be a lot quicker. For less complex cases, there’s Invisalign Express which works to straighten your smile in a matter of months (yes, months!) The Express treatments use fewer sets of aligner trays and treatment time is generally around 3 to 6 months.

With Invisalign Express, you could achieve your dream smile in just months!

Psst! Heads up: not all clear aligners are created equal

We’ve seen so many clear aligner systems hit the market in recent years — including online companies that offer at-home solutions. But beware, there’s a lot of false promises and misinformation out there.

If you’re feeling a little confused by your options, never fear! We’re here to help you make a more informed decision about your clear aligner treatment. Check out this blog where we compare Invisalign vs. Smile Direct Club. The differences might surprise you!

Ready to make your dream smile a reality?

Book your Invisalign consultation today!

Not quite ready to book? Download our Invisalign guide to see some of our patients’ incredible before and after transformations.

Your dream smile is closer than you think…

Book your FREE Invisalign consultation today!

Not quite ready yet? Download our Invisalign guide to see some of our patients’ incredible before and after transformations.

How effective are invisible braces vs. traditional braces?

When people come to our Mascot dental clinic for teeth straightening solutions, we *always* get asked this question:

Do clear aligners work as well as braces?

In fact, it comes up so often that we decided to dedicate an entire post to the topic! Take a deep dive into all the pros and cons of each in our Invisalign vs. braces article.

When it comes to the success of invisible braces vs. traditional braces, the verdict is simple:

Both are highly effective teeth straightening solutions.

Invisalign clear aligners and traditional braces are both proven to be effective for mild to complex cases. Ultimately, your dentist will be able to determine the best option for your teeth.

What do teeth look like before and after invisible braces?

The best way to see how effective invisible braces can be is to scroll through before and after photos. These snaps will give you a clear picture of how the treatment works for different people and different smiles.

Be sure to download our Invisalign Guide where you’ll find a bunch of our gorgeous patients’ before and after pics!

It’s also helpful to read the reviews of others who have had clear aligners or braces. Need help finding reviews you can *actually* trust? Check out this post where we share our tips on the best ways to learn about other people’s experience with Invisalign.

Before and after invisible braces
Before and after pics offer a great way to see how effective invisible braces can be on different smiles.

How much do invisible braces cost?

Let’s be honest — if you’re thinking about getting invisible braces, you’re also likely worrying about how much it’s going to cost. We know price plays a huge role in your decision to straighten your smile.

To help you get straight (see what we did there?) on the costs involved, we’ve written an article on the cost of Invisalign. Here you’ll find an in-depth look into the costs of the different types of Invisalign treatment, as well as the cost of braces.

Currently, the average cost of Invisalign in Australia is between $3,500 and $8,500. But keep in mind, the cost of your Invisalign treatment depends on a few factors, including:

  • The complexity of your case
  • How long your treatment will take
  • The expertise of your dentist
  • How much your health insurance may cover

Of course, the best way to find out how much your Invisalign treatment will cost is to come in for your FREE Invisalign consultation at Delight Dental Spa! You’ll walk out knowing exactly what to expect from your treatment — and how much it will cost.

Is all this talk about the cost of invisible braces making your bank account sweat? No stress! We offer easy and flexible payment plans for all of our treatments so you can get the dental care you need now without breaking the bank.

Invisible braces payment plans
Getting invisible braces doesn’t have to break the bank! Chat to us about our easy and affordable payment plans

Got some more questions about invisible braces or Invisalign?

Just ask!

We’re here to help you feel completely confident in your teeth straightening treatment. If you have any questions about invisible braces, Invisalign or braces, get in touch — we’d love to hear from you!

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