Invisible Aligners

About the Procedure

What are Invisible Aligners?


Have you always wanted to straighten your smile but decided against it because you don’t like the look of braces? If you aspire to have straight teeth but can’t get over the idea of having fixed braces, we have the perfect solution: invisible aligners. At East Rand Dental Studio, we offer invisible aligners that allow you to gradually straighten your teeth without the need for metal brackets or wires being visible.


How do they Work?

If you’ve always wanted to straighten crooked teeth or close a gap without others knowing you’re wearing braces, Invisible Aligners can provide you with the perfectly straight smile you deserve. These aligners are a nearly invisible alternative to traditional braces, making them ideal for fixing minor dental issues or for those who prefer not to wear regular braces.

Invisible Aligners are made of clear, strong, medical-grade, non-toxic plastic that is custom-molded to fit your individual requirements. They are designed to cover both your upper and lower teeth. These aligners gradually move your teeth into the desired position, effectively correcting misalignment without the noticeable appearance of metal braces. Moreover, they are removable, ensuring that they do not disrupt your lifestyle.

Making a good first impression is crucial, and your smile plays a significant role in that. Straightening your teeth can greatly enhance your appearance and self-confidence. If you feel hesitant about committing to braces that will be visible, Invisible Aligners may be the ideal solution for you. With these aligners, your teeth will be gently guided into position using a series of clear, removable, and comfortable trays that no one can tell you’re wearing. You can confidently smile throughout your treatment and beyond.


How long will I need to wear Invisible Aligners for?

The duration of wearing invisible aligners varies depending on individual factors, such as the complexity of your dental issues and your specific treatment plan. In general, the treatment time can range from a few months to a couple of years.

During your initial consultation, our dental professionals will assess your specific needs and create a customized treatment plan. They will be able to provide you with a more accurate estimate of how long you will need to wear the aligners to achieve your desired results.

It’s important to note that wearing the aligners as instructed is crucial for successful treatment. Typically, aligners should be worn for 20 to 22 hours per day, only being removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. Consistency in wearing the aligners will help ensure effective tooth movement and a successful outcome within the estimated treatment time.


Benefits of Invisible Aligners:

  1. Aesthetically pleasing: One of the biggest advantages of dental invisible aligners is that they are nearly invisible when worn. Unlike traditional braces with metal brackets and wires, invisible aligners are made of clear, transparent material, making them much less noticeable in the mouth. This allows you to straighten your teeth discreetly, without feeling self-conscious about your appearance.
  2. Removable: Invisible aligners are removable, which means you can take them out when you eat, drink, brush, and floss. This eliminates the restrictions on food choices that come with traditional braces, as well as makes oral hygiene maintenance easier. You can enjoy your favourite foods without worrying about damaging the aligners, and you can maintain good oral hygiene habits for healthier teeth and gums throughout your treatment.
  3. Comfortable fit: Invisible aligners are custom-made to fit your teeth precisely. They are designed to be smooth and comfortable, minimizing irritation to the soft tissues in your mouth. Unlike braces that may cause discomfort or sores from poking wires or brackets, invisible aligners offer a more comfortable orthodontic experience.
  4. Efficient and effective: Invisible aligners use advanced technology to gradually move your teeth into their desired positions. Your treatment plan is carefully designed by dental professionals to ensure efficient and effective tooth movement. With regular check-ups and aligner changes, you can see progress throughout your treatment, bringing you closer to your desired smile.
  5. Versatile for various dental issues: Invisible aligners can address a wide range of dental issues, including crooked teeth, overcrowding, gaps, and even some bite issues. They can be used for both minor and moderate cases, making them a versatile choice for many individuals seeking orthodontic treatment.
  6. Enhanced confidence: Straightening your teeth can significantly improve your smile, which has a positive impact on your self-confidence and overall well-being. With invisible aligners, you can confidently interact with others, knowing that your teeth are being corrected without drawing attention.

It’s important to consult with a dental professional to determine if invisible aligners are suitable for your specific needs. They will be able to assess your dental condition and provide personalized recommendations for achieving the smile you desire.


What does the procedure of Invisible Aligners entail?

The procedure for getting invisible aligners typically involves several steps:

  1. Initial Consultation: Your journey with invisible aligners starts with an initial consultation with a dental professional or orthodontist. During this appointment, they will evaluate your teeth and oral health, discuss your treatment goals, and determine if you are a suitable candidate for invisible aligners.
  2. Treatment Planning: If you are deemed a good candidate, the dental professional will begin the treatment planning process. They may take impressions, photographs, and x-rays of your teeth to create a 3D digital model. This model will be used to design a personalized treatment plan that maps out the movement of your teeth throughout the aligner series.
  3. Aligner Fabrication: Once the treatment plan is finalized, the dental professional will send the digital model or impressions to a dental laboratory that specializes in creating aligners. Using computer technology, the laboratory will fabricate a series of custom-made aligners designed to fit your teeth precisely.
  4. Fitting and Instructions: Once your aligners are ready, you will return to the dental office for a fitting appointment. The dental professional will ensure that the aligners fit properly and provide you with instructions on how to wear and care for them. They will also guide you on the proper process for inserting and removing the aligners.
  5. Regular Aligner Changes: Throughout your treatment, you will be given a series of aligners, each to be worn for a specific period. The aligners are typically changed every few weeks as your teeth gradually move closer to the desired position. You will have periodic check-up appointments with your dental professional to monitor your progress and receive new aligners.

Finalizing Treatment: After completing the prescribed series of aligners, you will reach the end of your treatment. Depending on the specific case, your dental professional may recommend


Cost of invisible Aligners?

The cost of invisible aligners in South Africa can vary depending on several factors, including the complexity of your dental case, the duration of treatment, the specific brand or provider you choose, and your location. Generally, the cost of invisible aligners in South Africa ranges from around R40,000 to R80,000 or more for a full treatment.

It is important to note that this is just an approximate range, and the actual cost can differ based on individual circumstances. The best way to determine the cost specifically for your case is to consult with a reputable dental provider or orthodontist. They will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your teeth, discuss your treatment goals, and provide you with a customized treatment plan and a more accurate cost estimate.

Additionally, it is worth checking with your dental insurance provider to see if invisible aligners are covered and if there are any applicable reimbursements or benefits that can help offset the costs.

Remember, investing in your oral health and achieving a straighter smile can have long-lasting benefits, both aesthetically and functionally. Therefore, it is important to consider the value and potential impact on your overall well-being when evaluating the cost of invisible aligners.

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