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Frequently Asked Questions

General

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1. Why is Linea the best choice?

Linea is a market pioneering clear aligner brand reinventing the world of clear aligners by partnering patients with approved dentists to ensure that they have access to a thorough examination of their teeth and gums as well as important procedures like IPR and attachments that are crucial to treatment success.

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2. What makes Linea clear aligners different from other clear aligner brands?

Linea’s 100% dental oversight and supervision and attractive price differentiates Linea from Direct To Consumer brand models that lack critical dental oversight and supervision and other dentist directed clear aligner brands that can cost far more than Linea’s clear aligners.

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3. What is orthodontic aligner treatment?

Orthodontic aligner treatment is the process of wearing a series of removable clear aligners that gradually straighten your teeth. No braces or wires are required.

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4. What are the main benefits of Linea clear aligner treatment over traditional braces?

Linea clear aligners are practically invisible so most people will not even notice you’re wearing them. This can be very helpful if you are self-conscious of getting orthodontic treatment as an adult. If your line of work requires you and your smile to look their very best but you don’t have time to sacrifice years wearing traditional braces to achieve your desired smile, then clear aligner treatment may be the solution. You can remove them to eat and drink, to brush and floss, or for special occasions. There are no visible brackets or wires that could irritate your mouth or break and require an emergency visit to your dentist.

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5. How will Linea clear aligners straighten my teeth?

After examination and consultation with our approved Linea partner dentist, we will create a bespoke digital treatment plan that maps out the precise movements of your teeth. Your Linea clear aligners are then designed to apply the right pressure to your teeth, incrementally at the right time, based on your plan. Each sequential aligner will gradually push your teeth into the planned position. Our customer service team and your dentist will be with you every step of the way to monitor your progress and ensure you are well on your way to your new smile.

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6. What are Linea clear aligners made of and what do they look like?

Linea clear aligners are made of a flexible thermoplastic material. The material is TGA-approved for dental treatments and contains no BPA, latex or gluten and is vegan friendly. They are clear and conform to your teeth making them almost invisible to the naked eye.

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7. Do Linea clear aligners follow the contour of my gums?

No they do not. Linea aligners are cut straight across at the top. By cutting aligners this way, the aligners grip onto your teeth applying light pressure and force to straighten your teeth.

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8. How many people have used clear aligners?

Millions of people around the world have used some form of orthodontic clear aligners to transform their smiles over the last 20 years. It has a proven track record of efficacy so long as it is supervised by a dental professional. Attempting it by yourself with DIY kits bought online can sometimes cause detrimental results.

Who is suitable for Linea clear aligners?

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1. Am I a Linea candidate?

Linea clear aligner treatment is a great alternative solution for both adults and teens looking for a way to improve their smile without the downsides to traditional orthodontic braces. Using state of the art innovations such as 3D modelling and computer aided design and manufacturing, we make it possible to fix minor to moderate teeth-alignment issues all while fitting in between your busy life schedules. To see if you are suitable, please fill out our Smile Survey and we will book you in with one of our Linea partner dentists for an assessment.

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2. Can Linea help teeth crowding?

Linea sure can! Dental crowding is a form of malocclusion (misalignment of teeth) where there is not enough space in your mouth for your permanent teeth to grow in a straight and uniform manner. This can then cause your teeth to rotate or be displaced in order to fit in.

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3. Can Linea help teeth spacing?

Linea sure can! Gappy teeth (diastemas) or gaps between your teeth occur when there is too much space in the jaws for all of the teeth. These spaces can form anywhere in your mouth but naturally are most noticeable between the upper front teeth.

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4. Can Linea help with an overbite/underbite or crossbite?

Yes, Linea is able to help in these situations however, severe cases are best handled with braces. Our customer service team will get in contact to discuss the specifics of your case.

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5. Can Linea help with my midline?

Linea sure can! Midlines sometimes shift as teeth are taken out asymmetrically, if teeth are of uneven sizes or due to past traumatic events.

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6. Is there a warranty on my Linea clear aligners and Linea treatment?

There certainly is! During your treatment you are eligible for additional aligners should they be required to achieve the projected result.

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7. Can I get Linea clear aligner treatment on just my top or bottom teeth instead of both?

Linea clear aligner treatment options are available for just top or bottom teeth but consult your Linea partner dentist for your individual needs. Treating only the top or bottom teeth may affect the proper bite relationship between the top and bottom teeth so we usually recommend treating both arches of teeth.

Health

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1. Will wearing the aligners affect my speech?

Like all oral appliances, the slight added thickness of the aligners may temporarily affect your speech. You may have a slight lisp for a few days. However, as your tongue gets used to having aligners in your mouth, any lisp or minor speech impediment caused by your aligners should resolve on its own.

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2. I still have my wisdom teeth, can I still begin Linea clear aligner treatment?

Linea’s partner dentist will decide whether it is safe to begin Linea aligner treatment with your wisdom teeth or if they need to first be removed prior to starting treatment.

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3. Are there restrictions on what I can eat?

In general, no. Unlike traditional braces, you can usually eat and drink whatever you desire because you will be removing your aligners before eating. Thus, there is no need to change your diet or restrict your consumption of any food or snacks, unless otherwise instructed by your dentist.

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4. Will the treatment be painful?

Some people experience tooth soreness for a few days after starting each new aligner stage. This is normal. It is a sign that the aligners are working to move your teeth to their final destination. This soreness should gradually go away after a couple of days of wearing the new aligner. If it doesn’t, promptly contact our customer service team.

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5. Is it ok to drink while I wear my aligners?

It is fine to drink plain, cold water while wearing aligners. Tea, coffee and coloured drinks may cause staining of the aligners over time, but as long as you are diligent with cleaning your teeth and aligners, this should not be much of an issue. However, when it comes to sugary and/or acidic drinks, we do recommend that you remove your aligners when drinking and to have a good rinse with water before putting the aligners back on. This is to avoid formation of cavities should sugars become trapped between the aligner and your teeth for long periods of time. Drinks that are very hot can also warp the aligners, affecting their fit and efficacy.

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6. Will smoking tobacco or chewing tobacco stain the aligners?

We discourage tobacco use while wearing aligners because of the possibility of aligner discolouration and the potential warping of the aligners due to heat.

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7. Since having my braces removed, my teeth have moved and relapsed. Can Linea clear aligners help me?

Yes, Linea clear aligners can treat nearly all common teeth-straightening issues. Many people who formerly had braces but have long stopped wearing their retainers, end up with orthodontic relapse. Simply put, their teeth have moved out of alignment because the human body is always changing and growing. Most people don’t want to go through having braces again and choose clear aligner treatment as the best solution to improve their smile discreetly.

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8. I have veneers or crowns. Will Linea clear aligners still work?

As long as your veneers or crowns are in good condition and have no underlying issues like decay, Linea clear aligners will work just as well on them as on natural teeth. Where there are defects or decay, the teeth underneath may not move as accurately, and in some cases, the crowns or veneers may even fall out when pressure is applied. This is why it is so important to have a dentist examine your teeth prior to undergoing any orthodontic treatment, including Linea clear aligners. They will be able to determine the health of the teeth with crowns/veneers on them. If there are problems, your dentist will offer solutions to fix them prior to starting your Linea clear aligner treatment.

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9. I have bridgework on several teeth. Will Linea clear aligners still work?

Fixed dental bridges connect two or more teeth together, making it impossible to move those teeth individually. As long as the teeth that require movement do not involve those teeth, Linea clear aligners will still be able to help you achieve your desired smile. This will form part of the assessment during your initial consult appointment with our Linea partner dentist.

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10. I have dental implants on one or multiple teeth. Will Linea clear aligners still work?

Dental implants are fused with the jaw bone and cannot be moved by braces or clear aligners. If you have a dental implant in a critical area which requires it or the teeth either side to move, this will negatively impact the results of clear aligner treatment.

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11. Can I expect any tooth pain during my Linea clear aligner treatment?

Some people experience tooth soreness for a few days after starting each new aligner stage. This is normal. It is a sign that the aligners are working to move your teeth to their final destination. This soreness should gradually go away after a couple of days of wearing the new aligner. If it doesn’t, promptly contact our customer service team.

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12. Do Linea clear aligners contain Bisphenol A (BPA)?

All Linea aligner and retainer materials are made of medical-grade thermoplastic polymers. These materials were selected for use in clear aligners and retainers based on their properties and safety. They have a long history of FDA/ TGA approval for long term use inside the human body. Research on biocompatibility of these materials show they are biocompatible and pass all applicable regulatory requirements and thresholds for human wear in the mouth.

Based on current knowledge and testing of the raw materials and processes used in the manufacture of aligners and retainers, we are not aware of any latex, parabens, phthalates, glutaraldehyde, epoxy or Bisphenol A (BPA) present in our aligners or retainers. Just to be safe we have ensured they are gluten free and vegan friendly too. Of course, as with any medical device, you should consult with your health professional if you have a specific medical allergy or sensitivity.

The Linea Process

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1. What is the treatment process?

After filling out our Smile Survey, we will pair you with an approved Linea partner dentist to do a consultation. Your dentist will evaluate your teeth and oral health to make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy before you can undergo orthodontic treatment. Your smile and alignment issues will be diagnosed and we will tailor a bespoke digital treatment plan just for you. A step-by-step transformation of your smile will then be emailed to you for your approval.

Once you and your dentist approve of the treatment plan, your bespoke aligners will be created by Linea. You will need to wear each set of aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day, changing to a new set of aligners every 1 to 2 weeks, as directed. Each set of aligners will gently and steadily move your teeth into place, according to your treatment plan, until you reach your beautiful new smile.

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2. How do I get started with Linea clear aligner treatment?

Our customer service team can help you make an appointment with a Linea partner dentist near you and answer any questions you may have. During your appointment, our partner dentist will perform a thorough assessment to make sure that your teeth and overall oral health are in perfect shape to start on your smile journey.

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3. What should I bring to my consultation with my Linea partner dentist?

Bring your questions and an idea of how you want your final smile to look. You should also bring your private health insurance card and any information you might have about your dental history and past dental x-rays.

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4. What should I expect during my consultation?

During your consultation, your dentist will discuss your smile goals with you and most importantly examine your teeth to determine your specific needs. They will then run tests and take x-rays to ensure your mouth is healthy enough to begin treatment. Your dentist will then recommend scheduling a cleaning or any dental treatments required before you begin your smile journey to make sure your teeth and gums are in top health and to avoid unnecessary harm. If your teeth are ready to start Linea aligner treatment, your dentist will take photos and a 3D digital scan of your teeth and bite. This will be sent to Linea for planning and processing.

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5. Will I be able to see how my teeth will look post treatment?

Yes. Once your Linea partner dentist has taken a 3D intraoral scan we will send you a 3D visualization of your teeth in their current position and how they will look post Linea treatment

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6. How long will treatment take?

The length of treatment depends on a few factors like how tricky your case is and how often you wear your aligners. On average, Linea aligner treatments take between 6 to 12 months, though you can start seeing results earlier.

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7. How often will I change my aligners?

Your dentist will tell you how often you should change to new aligners as this will be determined by your age, dental and gum health as well as your individual plan. Many dentists recommend changing clear aligners every 10 to 14 days.

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8. When should I change my aligners?

Linea recommends you change your aligners in the evening before going to sleep.

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9. How many hours per day should I wear my aligners?

For the best results, wear your Linea clear aligners 20 to 22 hours a day, taking them out only for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing.

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10. Can I throw previous aligners away?

Please Please Please do not! Please keep all your aligners until you have completed treatment. If your current aligner is broken, lost or if you feel it does not feel right, we may ask you to wear your previous aligner. We suggest keeping your previous aligners in their bags in your Linea box.

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11. When will visible changes be evident?

Everyone is different and the speed at which your teeth move will depend on the density of your jaw bone and how often you wear your aligners. We also move different sections of your teeth at each stage, so some teeth may not move until much later. However, most people will see noticeable changes in their smile after about 3 months of continuous wear.

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12. What do I need to know about retainers?

Once you have completed your treatment, it is critical that you wear your retainers to maintain your new smile. The roots of our teeth have ligaments around them (like little elastic bands) that allow our teeth to move (ever so slightly!) as we bite and chew throughout the day. Slight movement of our teeth throughout the day is normal, and retainers help reset our teeth into that nice straight position each night so you can wake up fresh with perfectly straight teeth again!

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13. Can I go to any dentist or orthodontist for Linea clear aligner treatment?

Many orthodontists and dentists are trained to provide orthodontic aligner treatments but not all use our Linea aligner system.

Our customer service team can help you find a Linea partner dentist near you.

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14. What happens before I reach the end of my aligner treatment?

One of Linea’s customer service team members will contact you prior to you reaching your final aligner and will organize a final visit to Linea’s partner dentist. We will ship your retainers to you once your Linea partner dentist has approved completion of your case. For further information on your retainer please click this link.

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15. What are attachments?

Your Linea clear aligner treatment may require small tooth-coloured buttons that are attached to your teeth. These act as handles, allowing the aligners to better “grip” the tooth for more accurate movement. This is what make complex tooth movements possible. Linea clear aligners fit smoothly and tightly around them so you will barely notice them.

Not everyone using Linea clear aligners will need attachments, should you require them, your dentist will attach them to your teeth at the start of your treatment and remove them when they are no longer needed.

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16. What is IPR?

IPR or interproximal reduction is the technical term for trimming the sides of your teeth. This is done in cases with teeth crowding to create space that is required to move your teeth and straighten them. The procedure is relatively pain-free with a bit of water spraying and is similar to a clean.

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17. Is IPR necessary? Can I request no IPR?

Some cases with very mild/minimal crowding may not require IPR, and in those cases, IPR will not be part of the process. However, in cases with more crowding, IPR is necessary to create a more aesthetic outcome. For these cases, no IPR will result in very proclined (bucky) teeth as well as possible gum recession and root exposure.

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18. What happens if I break, crack or lose my aligners?

We understand accidents can happen. If you break, crack or lose your aligner, please get in contact with Linea’s customer service as soon as possible. Depending on where you are in your treatment process, we will work out the most suitable option for you to continue seamlessly and confidently on your smile journey.

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19. How do I clean my aligners?

The simplest way to wash your aligners and the most convenient when you are out and about: simply run your aligners under warm water (Not hot!) and lightly brush with a soft toothbrush. P.s we recommend that you buy a small travel toothbrush to keep in your bag.

For a thorough clean Linea recommends using cleaning tablets. Cleaning tablets are specially designed to clean dentures, kill 99.9% of bacteria, remove plaque and stains and are by far the most thorough way to clean your aligners. Pop one tablet into a cup of warm water and let it dissolve for 2-3 minutes. Drop your aligners into the solution for a full 3 minutes. Remove your aligners from the solution, rinse with water and then reunite them fully cleaned with your teeth.

Keeping your aligners clean will help your treatment, keep your pearly whites shining and make sure you don’t have any embarrassing bad breath!

Linea Pricing and Payment

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1. How much does Linea clear aligner treatment cost?

The cost of Linea clear aligners is $3500.

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2. How does Linea’s price compare to traditional braces?

Traditional braces can cost up to $9000 in some Australian cities with the average cost being around $7500. However, for the majority of people with mild to moderate teeth alignment issues, this is unaffordable and they have had to accept their crooked smile. This is where we can help!

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3. Why is Linea so much cheaper versus other brands?

With recent advancements in technology, like 3D scanning and 3D printing, we are able to bring the cost down significantly – and we pass on these savings to our customers. We believe in providing quality products at an affordable price, because we believe everyone deserves a beautiful smile.

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4. What payment options are available for my Linea clear alignment treatment?

Linea offers a one-off payment, or a buy now pay later plan with Openpay.

Other Questions

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1. I would like to collaborate with Linea, how can I get in touch?

Linea is always looking for collaboration partners. Drop us a message here and we will be in touch!

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2. I would like to be part of a Linea marketing campaign; how do I sign up?

This is great news! Please send us a message here and we will be in touch.

Am I a candidate?

Take the free 30 second assessment to see if you’re a candidate for Linea clear aligners.