Information about Clear Orthodontics
Clear Orthodontic Aligners involve the following stages:
Appointment 1: Initial Consultation
Appointment 2: Impressions, photos, x-rays, send to Invisalign Laboratory
Appointment 3: Assess simulated result in images and videos
Appointment 4: Treatment Starts: Issue 3 pairs of aligners.
Further Appointments: Every six weeks you are given 3 sets of new trays, each set to be worn for two weeks.
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO CONSIDER?
The end result is very dependent on your level of participation and commitment to the process. At Smile Artistry, your dentist will work with an orthodontist to create your Invisalign plan and simulation. If you are not wearing the Invisalign trays for at least 22 hours per day, your treatment results could be affected.
Clear Orthodontic TREATMENT MAY INVOLVE SOME OR ALL OF THE BELOW:
1. Attachments: To assist the trays to hold and move teeth, we may place tooth-coloured fillings onto the visible part of your teeth. These are polished away at the end of treatment and will cause no damage to otherwise healthy teeth. Attachments are not invisible, however are tooth coloured and not too noticeable.
2. IPR: To create space, we may polish gently in between your teeth to give a flatter surface for which your teeth can be moved together. This will not otherwise affect healthy teeth, but you may feel some sensitivity when the polishing is done. This may be more stable, aesthetic and even easier cleaning. IPR may help avoid extractions as an alternative to create space.
3. Your commitment to Aligner Wear at least 22-23hrs/day: Tooth movement is a biological process stimulated by continual, very light force (200g). However efficient tooth movement requires that the light forces be as continuous as possible. Aligners can be removed for eating and cleaning only.
4. Refinement: At the end of treatment, further trays may be ordered to correct any variances that occurred during treatment. There are three refinements available for free if ordered within 6 months of finishing the initial treatment.
5. Retention: At the end of the treatment, we recommend retainers to hold tooth positions, or else the teeth will shift and drift back closer to their original positions. We have included a fixed wire retainer and removable plastic retainers in your treatment costs. These are absolutely necessary for the first 12 months, and after that the cost of these retainers is charged at normal replacement cost. We recommend the removable retainer to be worn 16 hours a day for the first 8 months and then night time wear indefinitely to prevent relapse.
FULL TREATMENT CONDITIONS AND COSTS
• The simulation is only a guide there are no guarantees to what will be achieved. Compliance and looking after aligners gets the best desired results.
• Aligners should be worn for at least 22 hours per day and removed for eating and cleaning only.
• There are 3 complimentary refinements available if needed at the end of the treatment. Only some cases need refinement.
• Lost aligners cost $ 500 to replace if replacements are needed.
• Treatment must be continuous and review appointments kept, or other fees may be payable to put things back on track due to non-compliance. If this non-compliance is for a period of more than 4 months, then full treatment fees may have to be charged again to start the case again.
• Invisalign Fee for your treatment is detailed in your printed financial estimate.
• Initial Payment of $3,000 is required at the impression stage.
• Progress payments of $ 1,500 per progress appointmentis required throughout the course of treatment until the balance is cleared.
• No refunds can be given for cases that are not completed for factors outside our control.
• Retention is a separate process to the Invisalign and is crucial to keep your teeth in place.
LIKELY OUTCOMES AND BENEFITS
• Straighter teeth • Less uneven wear on teeth • Invisible and removable • Comfortable, easy to clean and eat
POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS AND SIDE-EFFECTS
• Desired tooth movement not achieved • Aligners not fitting •Aligners may break, stain or begin to smell
• Relapse of tooth movement • Difficulty to place and remove aligners, your finger nails get a workout
ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT AND COSTS
• Orthodontic braces • Second Opinions •Restorative options may in some circumstances be an appropriate treatment option
LIKELY CONSEQUENCES OF NO TREATMENT
• Uneven and abnormal wear of teeth • Teeth remain crowded/spaced and aesthetic alignment not corrected • Poor aesthetics