OptiSmile is committed to enhancing your smile with expert care, ensuring consistent results and a pleasant experience.
Over 15 million people worldwide have chosen Invisalign clear aligners to achieve a radiant smile that stands out without the appearance of traditional braces.
Gone are the days of uncomfortable and prolonged wear of traditional metal braces, with memories of the dreaded “tin-grin” or “railway tracks” fading away. It’s refreshing to see the advancements in orthodontics, which have made the process of teeth straightening more comfortable and less daunting.
Over the past eight years, OptiSmile has expertly aligned countless smiles as a leading Invisalign Specialist in Sea Point. We proudly stand as a top-tier Invisalign platinum provider, not just in the Western Cape but throughout South Africa. OptiSmile was the first practice in Africa to use the iTero Scanner. We are the only practice in South Africa to boast five certified Invisalign providers led by our Clinical Director of Invisalign, Dr Harris Smeyatsky. Dr Smeyatsky is the first Certified Invisalign trainer in Africa and, in 2023, travelled to Ghana to train new providers from all over the region.
During your initial consultation with an Invisalign specialist, they will thoroughly examine your teeth and take impressions to create a 3D image of your mouth. The Clincheck™ software will then be used to analyse the current position of your teeth and create a customised treatment plan that considers your specific needs and goals. With each set of aligners, your teeth will gradually shift into the desired position, and the treatment duration will depend on the severity of your case. Rest assured that your Invisalign specialist will closely monitor your progress throughout the treatment to ensure optimal results.
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses clear, plastic aligners to straighten teeth in one-week increments. Each week you will switch out your set of aligners for the next aligner set in your straightening series. Invisalign aligners are designed for your unique smile.
Invisalign clear active aligners gently move the teeth to close gaps, reduce crowding, and fix bite alignment issues. In addition, clear aligners can correct overbites and underbites. Clear aligners are virtually invisible and soft yet impressively powerful in moving teeth into their new position.
Have you always wanted straighter teeth but have been afraid of the inconvenience of eating and getting food stuck in the wires and elastics? Invisalign won’t interfere with your daily activities.
Unlike conventional braces, Invisalign allows precise adjustments at specific points in your mouth instead of putting pressure on all your teeth that have been “wired in”.
They are a discreet choice that can be worn without anyone ever knowing you are wearing them.
Orthodontic treatments, including Invisalign, may cause minor changes in speech patterns, but any adjustments needed are typically quick and straightforward. It’s worth noting that traditional metal braces can sometimes lead to speech difficulties, but they can be addressed with proper care and attention from your orthodontist. Conversely, Invisalign is virtually invisible and doesn’t have the same potential for speech difficulties as metal braces, making it a popular choice among patients. Of course, each patient’s needs are unique, so it’s always best to consult your orthodontist to determine which treatment is best for you.
The average cost of clear aligners in South Africa is R50 000 to R100 000. At OptiSmile, we have payment plans starting at R8000 per month. However, the actual cost will depend on several factors:
Invisalign First is designed for children aged 6 to 10, while Invisalign Teen is for older children. Both can treat simple to difficult teeth straightening issues in children, including crowding, spacing and narrow dental arches. In addition, Invisalign is removable for easier hygiene management, making it easier for growing children to brush and floss!
Kids’ after-school activities won’t be affected, and they can remain active in sports like ballet, cricket, soccer, rugby and just about any other sport. In addition, we can order, at no charge, an optional compliance indicator dot. This helps you check your kids wearing time.
The cost of orthodontic braces in South Africa can vary depending on several factors. The type of braces you choose, the severity of your dental problem, and where you get your braces all play a role in figuring out the final cost. However, some general pricing guidelines can give you a promising idea of how much you can expect to pay.
Here are some average costs of braces in South Africa:
These prices are just averages; your final cost will depend on the abovementioned factors.
If you are considering getting braces in South Africa, it is necessary to research and explore all your options, with Invisalign being the preferred solution, due to ease and discretion.
Invisalign clear aligners are a preferred choice for many adults and teenagers due to their inconspicuous nature and flexibility. However, they might not be the perfect solution for everyone. The suitability of Invisalign depends on various factors, including the complexity of your dental issues, your age, and your commitment to the treatment process.
Always consult with your dentist to determine if Invisalign is the right fit for you.
Clean your Invisalign trays every day without fail. A consistent cleaning routine ensures they remain in top condition. Use toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently cleanse both sides of your aligners. Regular cleaning prevents bacterial buildup, which might harm your teeth or potentially affect your overall health.
Avoid abrasive cleaners like mouthwashes, soaps, or any harsh cleaning agents, as they can diminish the transparency of your Invisalign, making it more noticeable. Toothpaste, with its balanced pH and ingredients, is the optimal cleaning medium that won’t damage your aligners.
Before storing your aligners, ensure you rinse them to get rid of saliva or plaque. Leaving them uncleaned can turn them into a bacterial haven.
Eating can cause food particles to get trapped between the aligner and your teeth, which can lead to potential dental issues like cavities or plaque buildup. Furthermore, certain foods, especially those that are hot or highly coloured, can warp or stain the aligners, compromising their effectiveness and appearance. Always remove your Invisalign trays before consuming any food.
Always store your aligners in their designated case when they’re not in use. Leaving them out in the open exposes them to contaminants, increases the risk of accidental damage, and makes them easier to misplace.