Invisalign Clear Aligners FAQs
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- What are Invisalign clear aligners?
Invisalign clear aligners are customized plastic trays that fit over your teeth, straightening them without metal wires or brackets.
A treatment plan will be designed based on your needs as well as the results from our 3D computer imaging technology.
This plan will lead the creation of a series of customized Invisalign trays, designed to fit precisely at each stage of your treatment process.
- How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign clear aligners are created to continually adjust your teeth throughout your treatment. Each aligner in the series is designed to be worn for about two weeks before being replaced with the next one. This will continue until your teeth are in their corrected position.
- How long does treatment take?
Your specific needs will determine the length of your treatment.
Considerations include the degree of misalignment in your teeth or jaw, your bite, as well as how much movement is necessary to achieve the final results.
- What is Invisalign made of?
The aligners are made with USP Class VI medical-grade, high molecular weight, polyurethane resins. They are BPA-free.
- How often do I need to see my dentist?
As the Invisalign process uses new aligners every two weeks to correct your teeth, you won't require tightening or adjustments. Your dentist will only need to see you for brief appointments every 4 to 6 weeks to monitor your progress.
Your dentist will also review your general oral health and answer any questions you may have. If required, modifications to your treatment plan will be made based on your progress.
- What are Invisalign's primary features?
Invisalign clear aligners are:
- Subtle and discreet
- Smooth and comfortable to wear
- Easily removable for eating, brushing, and flossing
- Do not require adjustment appointments
- How much do clear aligners cost?
Your specific needs will determine the cost of the treatment. More severe corrections would require more aligners to achieve the desired result, contributing to treatment costs.
In most cases, the cost of Invisalign treatment is comparable to traditional methods of orthodontic treatment such as braces.
- How will Invisalign affect my lifestyle?
Most people find that their Invisalign clear aligners suit their daily life quite comfortably.
As a clear, low-profile piece, Invisalign is hard to detect. Any impact on your work or social life would be very minor as most people will be unaware that you're correcting your teeth.
Invisalign can be easily inserted and removed so you can take your aligners out to eat, brush, and floss. There are no eating restrictions, and caring for your oral health is no more difficult than brushing and flossing as usual.
- Are there dietary restrictions?
No, you can eat and drink as you would normally since Invisalign can be removed to eat. This means there are no dietary restrictions during your treatment, so you won't need to give up the foods you love!
As Invisalign can stain, it is recommended to remove them prior to drinking beverages such as coffee, wine, or dark sodas.
- How many sets of aligners are required?
Your specific case will determine how many aligners will be needed. More severe misalignments will require more aligners.
Based on your assessment in the initial consultation, your dentist will be able to approximate the length of treatment and the number of aligners you will need.
- Can adults use Invisalign?
Absolutely! Anyone with healthy teeth and gums is a potential candidate for clear aligners.
Adults are choosing orthodontic treatment now more than ever with the advancement of low-profile options such as Invisalign.
- Can teenagers use clear aligners?
Yes! Not only can teens be potential candidates for Invisalign, but there Invisalign has created Invisalign Teen for their unique needs.
- How often do I have to replace my aligners?
Your dentist will tell you exactly how often to change your Invisalign aligners based on your customized treatment plan, but you can expect to replace them every two weeks on average.
- How do I clean my aligners?
- You should always rinse your aligners every time you remove them to clean off any dried saliva and plaque, otherwise they may encourage dental decay and bad breath.
- Using denture cleaner or Invisalign crystals, soak your aligners regularly.
- Continuing good oral hygiene habits is important in maintaining a healthy mouth and teeth, so be sure to brush and floss before putting your aligners back in. Otherwise, food debris and bacteria can become trapped between your teeth and the aligner, increasing the risk of cavities and decay, as well as bad breath.
- Keep your aligners clean with a clear, anti-bacterial soft soap. This is an inexpensive and effective way to ensure your Invisalign aligners remain clear, clean, and free from bacteria.
- When cleaning your aligners, brush them gently to avoid scratching the surface. Rinse off the soap and you're done!
- Can I play sports with Invisalign?
Yes, you can continue a healthy lifestyle with an Invisalign treatment plan as they are removable. This allows you to play sports without concerns of damaging your aligners.
Please keep in mind, however, that the aligners must be worn about 22 hours a day to be effective, so consider this when you are planning your time.
It is also a good idea to invest in a sports mouth guard to protect your teeth. As orthodontic treatment causes your teeth to loosen slightly while shifting into their new position, they are more vulnerable to damage and should be protected while playing sports.
- Can I play my instrument with clear aligners?
Yes, Invisalign can be conveniently removed while playing your instrument, then replaced when you're done.
- How do I store Invisalign?
Whenever you need to remove your aligners, use the case they came in to protect them while you aren't wearing them.
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