As an alternative to conventional braces, we offer Cfast SmileTRU and Clear Correct, and Invisalign clear aligner systems.
Cfast SmileTRU and Clear Correct aligners
We recommend SmileTRU clear aligners as a corrective option for our patients who have overcrowding, crooked smiles or gaps and need to realign only a few teeth, usually in the front of their mouth.
For more information on SmileTRU, visit www.cfastsmiletru.com.
How to care for your SmileTRU aligners
- The tooth positioners should always be placed in the provided retainer box when not in use.
- Keep the retainer box with positioners out of the reach of children and away from the family dog.
- The tooth positioners should not be exposed to extreme heat.
- Use denture cleaner to clean the positioners. DO NOT use chemicals or toothpaste as these can damage the positioners.
- Positioners should be removed when eating and drinking (except water).
- Some patients experience an excess of saliva when starting treatment.
- One or more teeth may become temporarily sensitive when placing new positioners.
- The positioners may have a mild affect on speech. Talking with the positioners in place will speed adaptation process .
- The patient must maintain proper oral hygiene. Failure to do so can cause cavities and periodontal disease.
Before & after invisible braces
You’ll find many more examples of the benefits of SmileTRU in our Smile Gallery.
Invisalign clear aligners
Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners that are custom moulded to fit you as an alternative to braces while still gradually aligning your teeth into the desired position. The absence of tedious metal wires or bands irritating the soft tissues in your mouth makes Invisalign the clear alternative to conventional braces.
For more information on Invisalign, visit www.invisalign.co.nz.
There’s not a lot that we don’t know about ‘invisible’ orthodontics and we’re pleased to offer some of the most inconspicuous invisible braces around.
We’re always keen to share our knowledge, so if you’re thinking about straightening your teeth discreetly you may be interested in the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.
Unfortunately no, ‘invisible braces’ is a term that’s been adopted to describe a range of very inconspicuous braces. No brace could ever be truly invisible – but there are some that come close. SmileTRU, for example, uses virtually invisible clear aligners to move teeth, while lingual braces are completely concealed behind your teeth. Clear and tooth-coloured fixed braces are more visible but still much more discreet than metal braces.
Clear fixed braces work in the same way as traditional metal braces, so they’re very good at straightening teeth. Clear aligners like Invisalign and SmileTRU are less effective at treating certain problems, for example impacted teeth, but for the right cases they can achieve excellent results.
There are some types of ‘invisible’ braces that can be removed, but only for eating, drinking and to brush your teeth – if you take them out for too long your treatment could be affected. We offer a number of different removable options including SmileTRU and the Inman Aligner.
The cost of braces varies from patient-to-patient, and for mild cases an ‘invisible’ option such as SmileTRU can be more cost effective than visible alternatives such as conventional braces.
Clear, fixed braces feature clear or tooth-coloured brackets that cleverly blend in with your teeth. The brackets themselves have been designed to be stain resistant, however, sometimes elastic bands are used to attach your brace’s arch wire to your brackets – and these can be more vulnerable to stains.
You can limit your risk of stains by avoiding very colourful foods like curries, berries, mustard and ketchup; brushing regularly; and steering clear of cigarettes. If you are unlucky enough to stain your elastic bands, don’t worry, we can change them at your next appointment. SmileTRU aligners are changed every two weeks, so they shouldn’t have a chance to discolour.
The results of orthodontic treatment can be maintained using fixed and/or removable retainers, and ‘invisible’ braces are no exception. Keeping your teeth straight is just as important as your initial treatment and you’ll need to wear retainers indefinitely to ensure that your teeth don’t move. Fortunately retainers are very unobtrusive and they’ll quickly become part of your routine.