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Invisalign Straightening

If you like straight teeth but are put off by the idea of visible metal braces – Invisalign could be the answer for you. Invisalign treatment uses a series of clear, custom-made aligners to straighten your teeth and give you the smile you’ve always dreamt of. Not only is Invisalign virtually invisible, but these clear aligners are also removable. That means you can eat, drink and brush your teeth normally.

Dental Planet is an Invisalign Certified Provider, and one of New Zealand’s leading Invisalign providers. You can trust you’re in the best hands and that our team of dental professionals will provide exceptional care through all stages of your Invisalign treatment – helping you realize your dreams of a straighter, more confident smile.

Your beautiful new smile begins with a free consultation with one of our dental professionals. At this stage, we’ll determine if Invisalign is right for you, check the general health of your teeth and gums, and answer any questions you have.

Invisalign at Dental Planet is more affordable than ever before! We’re excited to announce Invisalign GO – a treatment that starts at $4,500.

It’s also a great opportunity to ask questions about the procedure and witness some of the amazing results achieved with Invisalign technology.

Fees and Offers for Invisalign

Invisalign at Dental Planet is now more affordable than ever before. We know experience and affordability are important factors to our patients and are excited to announce the launch of Invisalign i7 which costs as little as $3000.

To find out more about Invisalign or to book an appointment, contact one of our friendly receptionists:

Mount Roskill: (09) 620 9559
Manukau: (09) 262 2208

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a clinically proven, virtually invisible way to straighten teeth without metal braces.

A series of removable, clear plastic aligners, need to be worn day and night over your teeth to gradually move them into the desired position. Each aligner set is worn for about two weeks and is then replaced with the next in the series until your treatment is complete.

Q: What are the benefits of Invisalign?

The benefits of having a straight smile without crowding or gaps extend far beyond the cosmetic. Teeth that are crowded 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 better dental health, and the self-confidence that comes with having a smile you’re proud of.

Benefits of using Invisalign over traditional braces: There are several benefits when comparing traditional braces and Invisalign. These include:

Cosmetic benefits: Invisalign aligners are made of clear plastic material and are virtually unnoticeable, allowing you to straighten your teeth without anyone noticing.

Oral health benefits: There are no wires or metal to cause mouth abrasions with Invisalign, as compared to traditional braces. And because Invisalign aligners are removable, you can eat, drink, brush and floss normally to maintain healthy gums and teeth. Being removable, they also make regular dental check-ups easier.

More predictable treatment: With the ClinCheck software, you can actually see what your smile will look like after treatment even before you begin. And because we can review the progress during your treatment and make adjustments mid-treatment if required, you have a high level of control over your Invisalign treatment.

Q: What is Invisalign made of?

Invisalign aligners are made of SmartTrack which is an elastic aligner material made of a medical-grade polyurethane resin that is bisphenol-A (BPA) free. This thermoplastic material looks similar to tooth-whitening trays.

Q: How do Invisalign Invisible braces work?

A series of invisible aligners are custom-made in a laboratory using advanced computer imaging technology. You wear each Invisalign aligner for two weeks before replacing it with the next one until your teeth are straight.

Here at Dental Planet, we have developed a simple four-step Invisalign plan:

Step 1: Book in for your free consultation

One of our Invisalign practitioners will answer your questions and show you some of 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, we 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

We will then go to work creating your new smile. The treatment plan, along with the latest 3D computer imaging technology, is used in the laboratory to create your clear aligners. The number of aligners needed (usually 15 to 30), depends on your specific circumstances.

Step 4: Maintain and smile!

About every 2-3 weeks, you will replace your existing aligners with the next set in your series. And every 2-6 weeks, depending on your situation, you will have to visit our clinic to ensure your treatment is progressing properly. It typically takes 6 to 18 months to complete orthodontic treatment with Invisalign.

Q: Is Invisalign treatment only for adults?

No, for Invisalign treatment you just need to have all of your permanent teeth (fully erupted molars). However, you must be committed to wearing your Invisalign aligners at all times except for eating, drinking, and cleaning.

At Dental Planet, 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 would like to know more about Invisalign.

Q: How long does Invisalign treatment take?

Most Invisalign treatments take 12–18 months.

Q: How long do I have to wear Invisalign aligners?

Invisalign is most effective when aligners are worn for 21 to 23 hours a day.

Q: Can I eat and drink with my Invisalign aligners?

Invisalign aligners are easily removable. You can now enjoy your favorite food, snacks, and drinks, without feeling uncomfortable.

Q: Do the Invisalign aligners hurt?

You will feel temporary pressure when you wear Invisalign aligners for the first few days and after each new aligner is used. This happens as your teeth are being moved into their position. But this discomfort usually disappears after a couple of days.

Q: Are there any side-effects of using Invisalign invisible braces?

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.

Q: How much does Invisalign cost?

Because Dental Planet is a certified Invisalign provider and treats a high number of Invisalign cases per year, this results in a reduced cost for us which we pass on to our patients. We can offer Invisalign from as little as $3000 (depending on individual cases).

We also provide a FREE Invisalign consultation to answer all your queries, as well as a complimentary take-home tooth 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.

Read more about our Invisalign fee structure

Q: Will dental insurance cover any of the costs of my Invisalign treatment?

Yes, providing you have orthodontic coverage, Invisalign should be covered to the same extent as conventional braces. You will need to check the policy details of your individual insurance plan.

Q: How do I get started?

To get started, simply contact Dental Planet.

Dental Implants

Missing teeth can lower your confidence and make you feel self-conscious. Losing a tooth can also impact your bite; neighboring teeth can shift position and become more vulnerable to decay, chipping, and cracking.

A dental implant is a custom-made artificial tooth that offers a permanent, proven solution for missing teeth. The artificial tooth is made of either ceramic or titanium (the same material used to heal broken bones) and is fixed to a titanium post that’s implanted into your jaw bone. Implants look, feel, and function just like real teeth, and can last a lifetime with proper care.

 

Dental implants can:

  • Replace missing teeth,
  • Support dental bridges,
  • Secure dentures (either removable or full and fixed).

Advantages of Dental Implants

  • Unlike other dental restorations such as bridges, dental implants don’t require your teeth to be ground down on each side of the gap.
  • Implants are comfortable, convenient, and strong.
  • Implants are easy to keep clean.
  • Implants prevent side effects of tooth loss such as gum recession, bone loss and speech difficulties.
  • Dental implants can make dentures secure and reliable – no more messy adhesives or slipping, uncomfortable dentures.

The Process:

Although it’s different for every individual, the dental implant process generally involves four steps.

Step 1: Consultation

Your dentist will consider your general and oral health and ensure you’re a good candidate for dental implants. You’ll be given an individualized treatment plan with details of when you need to visit again, and how long your implant process will take.

Step 2:  Implant placement

Your dentist will insert a titanium implant into the jaw bone where your new tooth will sit. The implant is then allowed to bond with the bone, which can take between 6 weeks and 9 months depending on the individual. During this time we can give you a temporary tooth if needed. Please note, charges for temporary teeth are not included in implant prices and will be quoted separately.

Step 3:  Extension placement

An ‘extension’ is added to the implant in your jaw so your new tooth can be attached snugly on top. We generally allow a few weeks for the gums to heal after this process before fitting your new tooth. However, not all implants require this step.

Step 4:  Crown placement

The final step is to secure your new tooth (the crown) in place. Your finished implant will look and feel so natural that you’ll forget you ever had a missing tooth.

Your comfort is our top priority

It’s normal to feel nervous before a dental procedure such as an implant. But with Dental Planet, you can relax knowing you’re in the very best hands. We’ll go out of our way to help you feel at ease, including soft music, DVDs, and warm blankets. We’ll also explain your options for pain relief, ensuring you’re as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure.

Implant FAQs

Q: What is a Dental implant?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth replacement. Since they attach directly to the jawbone, implants look and feel like real teeth, and they may prevent bone loss and gum recession at the same time.

Q: Will I experience pain or discomfort?

Usually minimal to none. While undergoing treatment, you will receive local anesthesia. You may have mild post-surgical soreness for up to 72 hours. Over-the-counter pain relief is generally sufficient to alleviate the discomfort in most patients. Special care will be taken to stay in contact with you after the surgery to be sure that you remain comfortable.

Q: When can I return to work after implant surgery?

It’s a personal choice; however it is possible to return to work the next day after the procedure. Our surgeon will discuss this with you during your consultation.

Q: How long does the process take?

Complete treatment can take between six weeks and nine months, and in some cases, longer. Of course, we’ll be able to give you a more accurate idea of how long the process will take at your initial consultation.

Q: Will I be left without teeth?

No, we can provide short term, temporary teeth until your permanent implants are ready to fit. Please note that charges for temporary teeth are not included in implant prices and will be quoted separately.

Q: Is the metal in the implant safe?

Yes. The metal used is titanium which is the same material used to pin broken bones.

Q: How long does an implant last?

At Dental Planet, we use the very best materials, techniques and technology to create your implant, so there’s no reason why it shouldn’t last a lifetime. However there are a number of factors that can affect how long your implant may last. These include your general health, nutrition, oral hygiene and tobacco usage. Once your procedure is complete, we’ll provide you with a warranty for your implant as well as helpful information about how to care for it.

Q: Do you provide same-day dental implants?

We want your procedure to be as successful as possible, that’s why we allow 6-12 weeks for integration and for the bone to heal properly. Any earlier may jeopardize the success rate and may increase your chance of dental implant failure. Our dentists will be able to offer options based on your individual clinical condition.

Q: What will happen without treatment?

When you lose your teeth, you gradually lose the bone that supported them. As this bone disappears, problems with other teeth may occur. Such problems may include pain, mobility, and lack of retention for prosthetics, sharp painful ridges, mobile gum tissue, and sore spots.

Q: Are there any age limitations for dental implants?

Any relatively fit and healthy adult can have dental implants as long as there is enough bone available in which to place the implants. Our dentist will be able to determine your suitability to have dental implants after your initial consultation.

Q: Does my health insurance contribute towards the funds?

Possibly, depending on which insurance provider you are with. It’s best to discuss this with your individual provider.

Q: Is finance available?

Yes, we absolutely have finance options available. For more information on interest-free payment plans, please click here.

Q: How much do dental implants cost?

We believe in transparent pricing. You can read more about our pricing structure here.

We invite you to a complimentary consultation with our team so we can understand your specific situation and provide you with an accurate treatment plan and fee structure. This can be booked here.

Fees and Offers

Dental Implants at Dental Planet is now more affordable than ever before, with treatment commencing from $4000. At Dental Planet, we know experience and affordability are important factors to our patients. Contact us for your free one-on-one Dental Implants Information Session here.

Terms and Conditions

  • Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
  • Please note that these costs are for a single tooth implant and crown, and are not inclusive of the consult fees, or any other required radiographs, as determined by your treating dentist.
  • The category you may need will be decided by the treating team of dentists and will be based on factors including site of implant, adequacy of bone in the area, and requirement of bone grafting. The type best suited for your clinical situation will be determined by the surgeon and restoring provider. We also provide all the choices available within the realm of your clinical condition, as our aim is to provide the best treatment for your individual requirements.

– Simple category: Bluesky Bio Implant system used. Molar area implant with adequate bone density may be an example of the simple category.

– Advanced category: Advanced and complex categories will use implants from Mis /Straumann /Astra/3I/ Ankylos/ Nobel Biocare/Neos Implant systems (based on clinical requirement). Front tooth implants with reduced bone availability may be an example of the advanced category.

– Complex category: Front tooth/molar implant with inadequate bone, requiring bone grafting may be an example of the complex category. (bone grafting costs included).

  • Patients can choose from different combinations, e.g. advanced implant and simple crown based on clinical suitability.
  • Dental Planet endeavors to provide patients with as much choice as possible between implant and crown types, within the limits of their clinical condition and requirements.
  • Prices for dental implants and crowns may be subject to change without notice. A written quote will be guaranteed for 6 months from the date of the quote.
  • Warranty terms and conditions will be discussed during the time of the information session.

Dental Bridges

A missing tooth can damage your confidence and impact the function of your bite. Neighboring teeth can shift position or be more vulnerable to decay, chipping, and cracking.

Bridges replace missing teeth by using the two teeth on either side of the gap as support. Because the bridge is permanently attached, it also strengthens the supporting teeth. If you have a missing tooth, a bridge can be a cost-effective alternative to dental implants.

The Process:

Getting a bridge involves two appointments. At your first appointment, we’ll gently re-shape the teeth on either side of the gap to allow room for a crown to be fitted over them. Next, we’ll take impressions of your teeth to send to our lab, in order to make your new high-quality crowns and bridge. Once this is done, we’ll call you back in for your second appointment to fit your bridge.

Wondering if a bridge is right for you? Every individual is different, so at Dental Planet, we offer a free Smile Consultation with one of our skilled dental professionals. During this consultation, they’ll let you know if a bridge is a good option for you, answer any questions you have about the treatment, and highlight the advantages a bridge may offer you.

Teeth Whitening Options

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Teeth whitening can offer an obvious improvement to your appearance and is a simple way to enhance your smile. There are a number of different teeth whitening procedures to choose from. Our team at Dental Planet can help you decide on the best treatment for you.

Zoom in-clinic Whitening is a very effective in-clinic, light-activated whitening treatment for discolored teeth. It offers the quickest result with the most shades change. Most people will experience a change of up to 6-8 shades whiter.

  • Cost: $350
  • Duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  • Contraindications: Pregnant and lactating mothers, those currently treated for a serious illness or disorders (ex. Immune compromised, AIDS, etc.), children under the age of 13 years, light-sensitive individuals including those on PUVA (Psoralen + UV Radiation) or other photo-chemotherapy, those taking any photo-reactive drugs or substance.

Opalescence in-clinic Whitening is a chemically activated whitening system that we’ve always used. Offers an instant and bright change, yet less effective than Zoom whitening.

  • Cost: Please call us for our latest pricing.
  • Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes

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