Invisalign is a brand name for an invisible aligner. It is the clinically proven, nearly invisible way to straighten teeth without metal braces. Invisalign is removable, clear braces made of clear plastic aligners and are worn day and night over the teeth to gradually move your teeth into the desired position.
Each aligner is worn for about two weeks and is then replaced with the next in the series until your treatment is complete. At Greenhithe Dental Boutique, we show you a view of your virtual results and treatment plan before you start so you can see the progress of how straight your teeth will appear.
Benefits of straighter teeth :The benefits of having a straight smile without crowding or gaps extend far beyond the cosmetic. Teeth that are crowded too close together or have gaps between them are often more susceptible to gum disease. They may also be difficult to brush or floss, leading to tooth decay. Straightening your teeth can result in overall better dental health, and yes, the freedom to smile and flash those pearly whites without feeling self-conscious is absolutely amazing!
Benefits of using Invisalign over traditional bracesThere are several benefits when comparing traditional braces that comprise brackets and wires to Invisalign. Some of the benefits are:
Cosmetic benefitsInvisalign aligners are made of clear plastic material and virtually unnoticeable, letting you straighten your teeth without anyone noticing. We even have staff members wearing Invisalign at work and haven’t been able to notice until they say they are wearing them!
Oral health benefitsThere are no wires or metal to cause mouth abrasions with Invisalign compared to traditional braces, which is something we find patients really appreciate. Also, as Invisalign Clear Braces are removable, you can eat, drink, brush and floss normally to maintain healthy gums and teeth. Being removable, they also make regular checkups at the dental office easier.
More predictable treatmentWith the ClickCheck software, you can actually view an estimate of what your smile will look like after treatment, even before you begin! You can review the progress during your treatment and make adjustments mid-treatment if required, giving you a high level of control over your Invisalign treatment.
A series of Invisalign invisible aligners are custom made in a laboratory using advanced computer imaging technology.
You wear each Invisalign aligner for two weeks before being replaced with the next one until your teeth are straight.
We have helped many patients look great with the latest and best Invisalign technology. Now it’s your turn! We have developed a simple 4 step Invisalign plan to help you on your journey:
Step 1: Book in for your free consultation
Our Invisalign consultant will answer your Invisalign questions and showcase our previous work to ensure you are well informed and confident about your choice.
Step 2: Receive your Invisalign treatment plan
At your records appointment, our Invisalign dentists will take x-rays, photographs and digital impressions of your teeth to create a treatment plan for straightening your teeth.
Step 3: Create your new smile
Our Platinum Elite team will then go to work at creating your new smile. The treatment plan, along with the latest 3-D computer imaging technology, is used in the laboratory to create a series of clear aligners for you. The amount of clear aligners created (usually 15 to 30 aligners) depends on your specific circumstances.
Step 4: Maintain and smile!
About every 2-3 weeks, you will replace your existing clear removable braces with the next set in your series. About every 2-6 weeks, depending on your situation, you will visit our clinic to ensure your treatment is progressing properly. It typically takes 6 to 18 months to complete orthodontic treatment with Invisalign invisible braces.
No, for Invisalign treatment, you just need to have all your adult / permanent teeth (fully erupted molars). However, you must be committed to wearing your Invisalign invisible aligners at all times except for eating, drinking and cleaning.
At Greenhithe Dental Boutique, we see a range of different ages from young to older patients, and we definitely encourage you to come in for a complimentary consultation if you are not sure you can get Invisalign.
As with conventional treatments, you may feel a slight pressure at first when using Invisalign Clear Braces. Invisalign aligners may temporarily affect the speech for some people, and you may have a slight lisp for a day or two until your speech adjusts, but remember that the aligners are customised to fit your teeth so there are no loose areas where your mouth will feel like there is a foreign object in your mouth or feel uncomfortable like the traditional braces would
At Greenhithe Dental Boutique, we provide our Dental Team’s expertise and combine our 3-D computer imaging technology with our Vinyl Impression System for Invisalign treatments to reduce any error margins, making real-time adjustments for when your aligners are made up.
Since Greenhithe Dental Boutique is a certified provider and treats a high number of Invisalign cases per year, it results in a reduced cost for us to provide this treatment, and this saving is something we pass on to our patients! We can offer Invisalign from as little as $2000 (depending on individual cases). Since Invisalign falls under orthodontic treatment, these costs may qualify for Health Insurance reimbursement.
Naturally, we do provide a complimentary Invisalign consultation to answer all your queries. Also, get a complimentary take-home teeth whitening kit at the end of your treatment!
We are confident in our ability to provide the best possible value for your treatment and are happy to beat any genuine written quote.
Get in touch to discuss our fees and finance options.
Permanent crowns can be made from all-metal (such as gold or another alloy), porcelain-fused-to-metal, all-resin, or all-ceramic.
All-ceramic or all-porcelain dental crowns provide a better natural colour match than any other crown type. They require less tooth to be drilled away, which helps keep the tooth strong. These crowns are a good choice for front and back teeth.
Gold crowns are very strong and long-lasting. They also have the added benefit of not shrinking, which allows a very good fit. Gold crowns are most often used on the back teeth, where they are less noticeable.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns can be colour-matched to your adjacent teeth (unlike the metallic crowns). However, there tends to be more wear on the opposing teeth with this crown type compared to metal or resin crowns. These crowns can be a good choice for front or back teeth.
The procedure usually involves two appointments.
At the first appointment, our dental professional and Dr Talha will examine your tooth and prepare it to receive the crown. This usually involves filing and sometimes filling the tooth.
We will also take an impression of your tooth and those surrounding it. This is then sent off to our lab and used to make your permanent crown.
Once this is ready, we’ll see you again for your second appointment and place the crown.
On average, dental crowns last between five and 15 years. The life span of a crown depends on the amount of wear and tear the crown is exposed to and how well you follow good oral hygiene practices.
It’s also helpful to avoid such habits as grinding or clenching your teeth, chewing ice, biting fingernails, and using your teeth to open packagings.
While a crowned tooth does not require any special care, remember that simply because a tooth is crowned does not mean the underlying tooth is protected from decay or gum disease.
Therefore, continue to follow good oral hygiene practices, including brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing once a day – especially around the crown area where the gum meets the tooth.
An antibacterial mouth rinse can also help. Your regular dental hygienist appointments also provide a good opportunity for your crown to be checked and thoroughly cleaned.
Porcelain veneers typically last between 10 and 15 years, so they will eventually need to be replaced. To make your veneers last longer, follow a good oral hygiene program and make sure you have regular hygiene appointments.
At Greenhithe Dental Boutique, our veneers are made in New Zealand from the highest porcelain quality available. We will work with you to create the happy, healthy, long-lasting smile you deserve. We’ll also provide you with handy hints to ensure that your veneers last longer.
- Simple treatment over 6 to 12 months with a removable plate/braces: $2500-3000
- A bionator to align the jaws over 12 months: $2800
- Fixed appliances (braces) over 6 to 12 months: $3000-4500
- A combination of appliances for around two to three years: up to $7000 for really serious problems
- Option 1 : Payment up-front at a 5% discount would be $5700.
- Option 2 : Payment over a two-year treatment period would require a deposit of $1000, then $250 per month (or $62.50 per week) for 20 months by direct debit.