What is the difference between Invisalign and Braces – Find all the answers you need!

Frequently Asked Questions

Invisalign is a comfortable and easy way to straighten your teeth while fitting in to the demands of a modern lifestyle. Being a relatively new system compared to traditional braces, you may have many questions about Invisalign before visiting an Orthodontist. We have answered some of these below

General Questions

How much will Invisalign Cost?

The cost of Invisalign are higher that traditional braces because of the additional technology with the aligners being replaced every 2 weeks. Invisalign costs are approximately $6000-$10,000+ for a full set, with a complete cost-breakdown being provided by your Orthodontist on a per-case basis – some patients may need minor or major alignments depending on the amount of corrections to be made, and this will impact on the cost. Some minor alignments may start from $4500 for a set, where as major alignment may cost more than $9000.

Is Invisalign covered by Private Health funds?

All Invisalign costs will be determined by your Orthodontist on your initial consultation, please ensure that you are fully aware of all associated costs by your Orthodontist before agreeing to the Invisalign plan. Some private health funds will cover some or all of the costs of braces and Invisalign treatments, by contacting your health fund provider you should determine what your out-of-pocket costs are. These will be different for each health fund and plan and should be fully understood before undertaking the Invisalign plan.

Is there a payment plan for Invisalign?

Many Orthodontists will offer a payment plan over the entire course of the treatment, which you will need to discuss with each individual Orthodontist to determine what this will be. Costs for Invisalign can vary between practitioners, varying prices and quotes should be obtained to find the best price for your Invisalign treatment plan. Some Orthodontists are able to offer interest-free payments plans that can extend beyond the time of the Invisalign treatment, making the costs cheaper per month without increasing the overall costs to you. 

How long will I wear Invisalign?

Each set of aligners is worn over a two-week period to align the teeth by a slight tension movement, created by the aligners. Each set is then swapped for a tighter set of aligners after the two-week period, meaning that the teeth are aligned and shifted bit-by-bit. Usually aligners are worn in a total of 12-15 months to achieve the desired results, some more (for minor alignments) and some longer (for a number of corrections).

How is Invisalign made?

The “Invisalign” name is the trademark for the technology used to achieve “invisible braces”. The technique involves the patient wearing invisible clear plastic aligners, made from medical-grade thermoplastic material that was specifically created for Invisalign use. The Orthodontist uses special software provided by Invisalign to map out your changes for the entire duration of the course, so that they know exactly what the end result will look like and before your aligners are made.

Can teens wear Invisalign?

Teen Invisalign is similar to the adult Invisalign technology, with a few slight  adjustments to fit into the lifestyle needs of a teenager. Blue indicators are  installed at the back of the aligners (molar area) to assist in determining the  wear time of the aligner. Special features have been added to allow for changes  to the teeth, particularly the canine or molar teeth. Replacement aligners are  automatically provided in the event that some are lost or misplaced. Teen Invisalign is ideal for younger teenagers or teens who do not yet have their full set of teeth, some teens may be able to wear the adult Invisalign as determined by your Orthodontist.

What makes Invisalign so popular?

One of the key factors that have attributed to the overwhelming popularity of Invisalign is not only the invisible technology, but also the flexibility that the wearer can have while prescribing to the Invisalign plan. The aligners can be removed for cleaning, eating and special occasions as required by the wearer. This also means that there is less of a chance of an overwhelming teeth-cleaning regime not be followed, as wearers can basically continue their usual cleaning routine with some minor adjustments (such as additional cleaning after each meal and before each time the aligners are replaced on to the teeth).

Is Invisalign comfortable?


The aligners are much more comfortable than traditional braces as they are custom-made from each person’s own teeth impressions that are taken by your Orthodontist. The technology is quite effective, and teeth start to move from the moment the aligners are placed on to the teeth. Being clear, the aligners are virtually invisible and therefore the wearer does not suffer from the same self-consciousness that can come with traditional metal braces.

How do I clean Invisalign aligners?


The Invisalign aligners are very easy to clean. You can purchase the cleaning solution from the Orthodontist that fits your aligners, or you can use various denture cleaners. The easest method is to clean the aligners with toothpaste and then let the aligners sit in the cleaning solution while you are eating.

Important Info

At your first visit
  • Your aligners will be fitted on your first visit and all of the tools you need will be given to you
  • You will be given your entire set of aligners at your first visit
  • You will be expected to change your aligners every 2 weeks
Wearing Invisalign
  • Most people don’t notice your aligners
  • Choosing aligners over traditional braces allows you to keep eating the same foods you love, with no pain
  • Aligners are changed every 2 weeks
  • You will need to remove your aligners every time you eat any food
  • Aligners can be stained, therefore it is recommended to only drink water when you are wearing them
  • Aligners need to be worn around 22 hours of the day to be most effect
  • Aligners are easily cleaned in various different solutions
During your course of Invisalign
  • You will be expected to change your aligners every 2 weeks
  • Inivsalign offers an app to remind you when to change aligners
  • If you lose a set of aligners, it is best to go back to the previously worn set rather than move to the next set
  • Orthodontist visits are usually scheduled for every 6-8 weeks, to check progress
Life after Invisalign
  • In some cases after your course of Invisalign is finished, you will be required to wear a night plate to prevent your teeth from moving back

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