True Alignment Orthodontics

Frequently Asked Questions

Why grow the mouth to the correct size?


  • If the mouth is too small, the tongue has less space to fit
  • It goes back in the mouth
  • The airway gets obstructed
  • The natural response is a forward head posture (akin to what we do in CPR to open the airways)
  • The head weighs about 6kg
  • This weight in front of the balancing line creates a stress on the musculature at the back of the head and cervical vertebrae. It is easier for the head to balance on the balancing line and not in front of it.
  • A bad posture is not laziness or weakness. It is a compensation that uses more energy to maintain.
  • Eventually, the system cannot compensate and pain and inflammation results.
  • Also, the body has to compensate with the forward shift of the head and the weight now being forward
  • To balance the pelvis is tilted backwards to get more weight behind the balancing line of the body
  • This eventually leads to lower back problems and hip issues.
  • The knees turn in because of the angle the leg is inserted into the hips
  • The feet pronate
  • Therefore, we make more space for the tongue to fit correctly.
  • If you have had previous extraction orthodontic treatment, the mouth should be returned to its correct size, and the missing teeth replaced.
  • If your lower jaw is too far back, it should be moved forward to its correct position- otherwise your tongue is too far back again.

Do the aligners hurt?

Not generally, but everyone has different sensitivity levels, so if you do experience any, minor discomfort is normally eased by something as simple as ibuprofen or paracetamol.

How often do my aligners need to be changed throughout my Invisalign Treatment Experience?

Throughout your treatment, you will have a range of different aligners that will assist in gently moving your teeth. The number of aligners you need will be different depending on your treatment plan, but as a rule, you will need to change to a new set every seven to fourteen days depending on your unique treatment plan.

Can my aligners break?

It is possible to break them, but due to the superior technology that is used in developing them, it rarely happens!

Is the Invisalign Treatment Experience as efficient as traditional braces?

Yes! Absolutely, even more so in most cases. If you would like to read more on the most recent research regarding this method of treatment.

Is the treatment shorter than braces?

Yes, in many cases it takes a shorter time to achieve your desired alignment results! Each treatment plan is unique, so before anything gets started we will make sure you have all of the information, including timeframes for treatment.

How regularly do you need to have appointments once your Invisalign Treatment Experience has started?

How long does a checkup appointment take?

On average you can account for fifteen to twenty minutes, we make sure to keep it short and sweet so you can get on with your day.

Do you provide finance options?

We partner with Gilrose Finance who facilitates some amazing finance options. For more details on that, go to our treatments page.

If I already have braces can I change to Clear Aligners midway through treatment?

Yes absolutely, in fact it might be the best decision you have ever made for yourself or your family. Clear Aligners can be far less invasive and painful than regular braces, and making the transition can be simple and relatively cost effective!

Do I need to travel to all of my appointments?

Not necessarily. We have access to some amazing technology which enables us to monitor your progress from the comfort of your own home. See more information on our Remote Monitoring System here.

What if I lose my aligner?

Don’t panic, it can be replaced. We have records of every aligner that you are using (past and present) and we will advise you as to the next steps to take to get you back into your new retainer and back on track.

What are your treatment payment options?

We can receive payment via:

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