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- What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a series of clear, custom-fitted aligners that straighten your teeth without the need for metal wires or brackets.
Using 3D computer imaging technology during your initial consultation, we will create a personalized treatment plan just for you.
A series of clear custom aligners will then be manufactured to fit your teeth during each stage of your Invisalign treatment.
- How does the Invisalign process work?
Your Invisalign clear plastic aligners are designed to move your teeth by tiny increments as your treatment progresses. Wear each aligner for about two weeks then swap it out for next one in your series.
This process will continue until your teeth are in their prescribed, corrected positions. The duration of your Invisalign treatment will depend on the severity of your dental issue and can be be determined by your dentist.
- How long does Invisalign treatment take?
Your dentist will determine the duration of your Invisalign treatment based on your specific needs, and the severity of your issue.
Some of the factors that may determine the duration of your treatment include the misalignment of your teeth or jaw, the shape of your bite, and the amount of tooth movement required to correct your problem.
- What are Invisalign aligners made of?
Invisalign clear custom aligners are made with USP Class VI medical-grade, high molecular weight polyurethane resins. Invisalign aligners are BPA free.
- How often do I have to visit the dentist?
Because your Invisalign aligners require no adjustments or tightening – you switch to a new set of aligners every two weeks – you will only need to visit your dentist for brief appointments every 4 to 6 weeks.
These appointments give your dentist the opportunity to review your progress and general oral health, answer your questions, and adjust your treatment as required.
- What are the primary features of Invisalign?
Invisalign features include:
- A low profile, discreet appearance
- Smooth construction
- No need for adjustment appointments
- Removable for eating, brushing and flossing
- How much does Invisalign cost?
The severity of your case and duration of your treatment with determine the cost of your Invisalign treatment. As an example: the more severe the malocclusion, the more aligners you'll need and the more your treatment will cost.
The cost of Invisalign may often comparable to that of traditional orthodontic treatment (braces).
- How will Invisalign fit my lifestyle?
Invisalign may be able to fit into the busy day-to-day lives of many teens and adults.
Just remove your aligners out whenever you need to eat, drink, brush and floss. There are no dietary restrictions with Invisalign, and brushing and flossing is just as easy as ever.
- Are there any food or drink restrictions?
Invisalign aligners are removable, which means you can take them out to eat. With Invisalign there are no dietary restrictions, so you can continue to eat foods you love!
In order to avoid staining your clear aligners, we also recommend removing your aligners 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 will be able to give you a proper estimate of how many aligners you will need, based on an evaluation of your bite during an initial appointment.
- Can adults use Invisalign?
Yes! Anyone with healthy teeth and gums is a potential candidate for Invisalign treatment.
These days more and more adults are deciding to undergo orthodontic treatment, in some cases because options such as Invisalign have become available.
- Can teenagers use Invisalign?
Yes! Invisalign has created a line of clear aligners specifically to meet the unique needs of teenagers.
Invisalign Teen aligners include features such as compliance indicators (small blue dots that fade away after the aligners have been worn for two full weeks) and eruption tabs that provide space for second molars.
- How often do I have to change my Invisalign aligners?
Your dentist will tell you how often you should switch out your aligners. That said, most patients change to their next set of aligners approximately every two weeks.
- How do I clean my aligners?
Whenever you remove your aligners, rinse them in water to wash away dry saliva and plaque that can result in dental decay and bad breath.
Regularly soak your aligners using a denture cleaner, Retainer Brite, and/or the official Invisalign cleaning crystals to help make cleaning easier.
Always brush and floss your teeth before you put your aligners back in to keep your teeth healthy and avoid tooth decay. Failing to brush and floss properly can cause food to become trapped between your teeth and aligner, increasing your risk of bad breath and dental issues.
Cleaning your aligners with clear anti-bacterial soap can be one option to help keep your aligners clear, fresh, and free from harmful bacteria. Gently brush your aligners so as not to scratch them, and then rinse off the soap.
- Can I play sports with Invisalign?
Yes! Your orthodontic treatment shouldn't stop you from playing the sport you love. Invisalign aligners are removable so you can continue to play sports without worrying about causing damage to your aligners.
That said, it's important to remember that Invisalign aligners must be kept in for a minimum of 22 hours a day, so plan your time carefully.
We also recommend that you invest in a sports mouth guard to protect your teeth, since orthodontic treatment can cause your teeth to loosen slightly as they are guided into their new positions, and this can make your teeth more susceptible to damage.
- Can I play my instrument with Invisalign?
Absolutely! Just remove your aligners to practice playing your instrument, and pop them back in place once you're done.
- How do I store my aligners?
Your Invisalign aligners will come with a case. To help keep your aligners safe, store them in the case whenever you take your aligners out.