Christchurch Orthodontics Ltd. - Russell Lovatt & Christine Bailey

Invisalign Treatment

Invisalign is the invisible orthodontic system to straighten teeth using a series of custom-made, clear aligners.  Invisalign is often a treatment option for improving the look of your teeth if you are concerned with their alignment and look.  Dr Russell Lovatt and Dr Christine Bailey are Orthdontic Specialists who know the best cases to treat using the invisalign system and will highlight whether this is a possible option for you, when you are initially seen for an Orthodontic Assessment..   Whether your teeth are crowded or spaced you’ll have a new reason to smile!

Because there are no metal wires and brackets Invisalign is comfortable.The aligners are removable, making eating, brushing and flossing more easily so you can still enjoy your favourite foods.

At your initial examination Dr Russell Lovatt or Dr Christine Bailey will assess whether Invisalign treatment is suitable for you, should you request it.  A treatment plan will then be written and another appointment will be made to take a 3D scan of your teeth.  (We no longer have to take messy impressions to be able to submit your case to Invisalign).  With you still sitting in the chair we can do a simulation of treatment so you can visualise the possible end result.   The scan is then automatically submitted to Invisalign, and the orthodontist can then being to develop an Invisalign treatment plan online. At this stage we can get you back in so you can visualise the treatment progress.  Once the treatment plan has been accepted it takes approximately 3 weeks for the aligners to be received.

InvisalignOften with Invisalign treatment there is a requirement to recontour some of your teeth.  This is generally carried out at specific stages during your treatment and is prescribed in the original treatment plan by the manufacturers of Invisalign.  You will also often need to have small dimples of tooth-coloured plastic bonded to the teeth to aid retention of the aligner and to help with tooth movement.  These are discreet and will be removed at the end of treatment.

Sometimes with Invisalign treatment fixed braces may be required to achieve final detailing of the bite.  When treatment is complete there is a commitment to wearing retainers to maintain the treatment result.  These often involve either fixed retainers placed behind the teeth or removable retainers which are worn at night until stability has been achieved.

Invisalign FAQ’s

How does Invisalign work?

Using the latest advances in 3-D computer technology Invisalign translates your orthodontist’s instructions into a series of nearly undetectable aligners.  You wear each set of aligners for two weeks, moving your teeth gradually week by week, millimetre by millimetre, until you’ve achieved the desired result.

Is Invisalign effective?

Thousands of orthodontists around the world are treating patients with Invisalign.  It works for a wide range of people whose teeth are too crowded or have spaces between them. Invisalign does have some limitations and is not suitable for all cases

How often will I have to wear my aligners?

Invisalign only works while you’re wearing the aligners.  It’s recommended that you wear your aligners full-time, day and night for at least 22 hours, except to eat, brush and floss your teeth – or as directed by your orthodontist.

How long does Invisalign take?

The duration of treatment depends on the severity of your case, which determines the number of aligners you need.  However, the average is about 14 months, but only your orthodontist can determine the length of your treatment.

How much does Invisalign cost?

As with traditional braces the cost will be based on the complexity of your case and the length of treatment.  Invisalign costs are usually more than fixed braces, as they require substantial laboratory costs on top of the treatment process.

How do you keep it clean?

Clean your aligners with your toothbrush.  Gel toothpaste is all right but not normal toothpaste as this could scratch the surface.  Do not use hot or boiling water as this could distort the aligner.  You can also visit the Invisalign website at for further information.

Features and Benefits

  • Using modern materials - a computer-generated treatment plan (using the latest CAD technology)
  • Precision impressions using polysilicon (for greater accuracy for fit and comfort of the aligners)
  • Custom-made computer-generated clear polycarbonate aligners (less obvious as they are virtually invisible)
  • Internet-based treatment sequencing which is preapproved by your orthodontist prior to the aligners being constructed (treatment directed by your orthodontist)
  • Greater patient confidence due to virtual invisibility and comfort
  • Patient is more in control of the treatment
  • Great for those with allergies such as sensitivity to metals
  • No time loss between the fitting of each new aligner as all sets of aligners are dispatched together - using several sets during the full course of treatment