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- What is Invisalign?
This series of custom-fitted clear aligners straightens your teeth, minus the metal wires or brackets that come with braces.
During the consultation process, we use advanced 3D computer imaging technology to create a treatment plan based on your unique smile.
Your custom clear Invisalign aligners will then be manufactured to fit your teeth precisely during each stage of the treatment process.
- How does the Invisalign process work?
The clear plastic aligners will move your teeth by small increments as your treatment progresses. You will wear each Invisalign aligner for about two weeks before replacing it with the next one in the series.
The process will continue until your teeth are in their correct positions. Your dentist will determine the duration of your Invisalign treatment based on your specific needs.
- How long does Invisalign treatment take?
Based on your specific needs, your dentist will determine the duration of your Invisalign treatment.
Factors that can impact the duration of your treatment include the shape of your bite, the misalignment of your teeth or jaw, and the amount of movement required to correct the problem.
- What are Invisalign aligners made of?
The Invisalign aligners are BPA-free and are made with USP Class VI medical-grade, high molecular weight polyurethane resins.
- How often do I have to visit the dentist?
Because Invisalign aligners do not require any adjustment or tightening – you'll just switch to a new set of aligners every two weeks – you'll check in briefly with your dentist every 4 to 6 weeks.
At these appointments, your dentist will review your progress and overall oral health, answer any questions you have, and adjust your treatment as required.
- What are the primary features of Invisalign?
The features of Invisalign include:
- A discreet, low profile appearance
- Removable for eating, brushing and flossing
- Do not require adjustment appointments
- Smooth construction for enhanced comfort
- How much does Invisalign cost?
The severity of your case and duration of your treatment will determine the cost. For instance, the more severe the malocclusion, the more Invisalign aligners you'll require and the more your treatment will cost.
In many cases, cost is comparable to that of traditional orthodontic treatment (braces).
- How will Invisalign fit my lifestyle?
Invisalign may very well fit comfortably into your day-to-day life.
You can remove your aligners whenever you need to eat, drink, brush and floss. This means absolutely no dietary restrictions, and brushing and flossing is just as easy as ever.
- Are there any food or drink restrictions?
Invisalign aligners are removable, meaning you may take them out to eat. As a result, there are no dietary restrictions when it comes to Invisalign, so you can keep eating all the foods you love!
To avoid staining your clear aligners, we recommend removing them when you consume beverages such as wine, coffee, or dark sodas.
- How many sets of aligners will I need?
The severity of your misalignment will determine the answer to this question.
Only your dentist can provide an accurate estimate of how many aligners you will need, based on a careful evaluation of your bite during an initial consultation.
- Can adults use Invisalign?
Yes! Anyone with healthy teeth and gums is a potential candidate for Invisalign.
More and more adults are deciding to have orthodontic treatment these days, in large part because options like Invisalign have entered the market.
- Can teenagers use Invisalign?
Yes! Teens can absolutely be candidates for Invisalign. In fact, Invisalign has created a line of aligners to meet teenagers' unique needs.
To help teens stay on track with treatment, Invisalign Teen aligners have compliance indicators on them (small blue dots that fade away after the aligners have been worn for two full weeks).
They also arrive with eruption tabs that provide space for second molars and prevent them from growing in crooked.
- How often do I have to change my Invisalign aligners?
Most patients typically switch to their next set of aligners every two weeks or so. Your dentist will tell you exactly how often you should change your aligners.
- How do I clean my aligners?
Each time you remove them, rinse your aligners to wash away dry saliva and plaque, which can lead to dental decay and bad breath.
Using denture cleaner, Retainer Brite, and/or the official Invisalign cleaning crystals, soak your aligners.
Before putting your aligners back in, brush and floss your teeth. Excellent oral hygiene is key to maintaining healthy teeth and avoiding cavities and decay. Failing to brush and floss properly can trap food debris and bacteria between your teeth and aligner, increasing your risk of dental problems and bad breath.
Clean your aligners with a clear, anti-bacterial soft soap. Clear anti-bacterial soap is a fantastic and inexpensive way to keep your aligners clear, fresh, and free from harmful bacteria.
Brush your aligners gently so as not to scratch them, and then rinse off the soap. Now you're done!
- Can I play sports with Invisalign?
You can play sports without worrying about damaging your aligners, as Invisalign aligners are removable.
You should keep in mind that Invisalign aligners must be kept in for a minimum of 22 hours a day, so plan your time carefully.
You'll also want to invest in a sports mouth guard to protect your teeth, as orthodontic treatment can cause your teeth to loosen slightly as they move into their new positions, and this can make them more vulnerable to damage.
- Can I play my instrument with Invisalign?
Yes! Just remove your aligners to practice playing your instrument, and pop them back in when you're done.
- How do I store my aligners?
Your Invisalign aligners will arrive with a case, and this is where you should put your aligners whenever you remove them to keep them safe.