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- What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a series of custom-fitted clear aligners that straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets.
Using advanced technology, we create a treatment plan based on your unique smile. Your personalized treatment will include series of custom clear aligners manufactured to fit your teeth precisely during each stage of the Invisalign treatment process.
- How does the Invisalign process work?
Invisalign clear plastic aligners are designed to move your teeth by tiny increments as your treatment progresses. You will wear each set of aligners for about two weeks before it is replaced by the next one in the series.
This process will continue until your teeth are in their prescribed, corrected positions. The duration of your Invisalign treatment will be determined by your dentist based on your specific needs.
- How long does Invisalign treatment take?
The misalignment of your teeth or jaw, the shape of your bite, and the amount of movement required to correct the problem are factors that may determine the duration of your treatment.
Your dentist will determine the duration of your Invisalign treatment based on your specific needs.
- What are Invisalign aligners made of?
The Invisalign aligners are made with USP Class VI medical-grade, high molecular weight polyurethane resins. They are BPA free.
- How often do I have to visit the dentist?
Invisalign aligners do not have wires or brackets, they require no adjustments or tightening. Every two weeks or so you just switch to a new set of aligners every two weeks. Your dentist will schedule brief appointments with you every 4 to 6 weeks.
During these appointments, your dentist will take 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 clear aligners offer:
- A discreet, low profile appearance
- Smooth construction for enhanced comfort
- Do not require adjustment appointments
- Removable for eating, brushing and flossing
- How much does Invisalign cost?
The cost of treatment will depend on the severity of your case and the duration of your treatment. For instance, the more severe the issue is, the more aligners you'll need and the more your treatment will cost.
In many cases, the cost of Invisalign is comparable to that of traditional orthodontic treatment (braces).
- How will Invisalign fit my lifestyle?
You may find that Invisalign fits very comfortably into your day-to-day life.
You can take your aligners out whenever you need to eat, drink, brush and floss. That 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 can take them out to eat. This means that there are no dietary restrictions when it comes to Invisalign, so you can continue to eat 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?
This depends on the severity of your misalignment.
Based on a careful evaluation of your bite during an initial consultation, your dentist can give you an accurate estimate of how many aligners you will need.
- Can adults use Invisalign?
Yes! Anyone who has healthy teeth and gums is a potential candidate for Invisalign.
More and more adults are deciding to undergo orthodontic treatment these days, in large part because options like Invisalign have become available.
- Can teenagers use Invisalign?
Yes! Teenagers can be candidates for clear aligners, and Invisalign has created a line of aligners to meet the unique needs of teenagers.
Invisalign Teen aligners have compliance indicators on them (small blue dots that fade away after the aligners have been worn for two full weeks) that help teens stay on track with their treatment.
They also come 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 change to their next set of aligners every two weeks or so. Your dentist will tell you exactly how often you should switch out your aligners.
- How do I clean my aligners?
Each time you remove your aligners they should be rinsed to wash away dry saliva and plaque that can result in dental decay and bad breath.
Soak your aligners using the official Invisalign cleaning crystals, denture cleaner, or Retainer Brite.
Brush and floss your teeth before you put your aligners back in. Good 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 issues and bad breath.
Clean your aligners with a clear, anti-bacterial soft soap. Clear anti-bacterial soap is an excellent 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 rinse off the soap. Then you're done!
- Can I play sports with Invisalign?
Invisalign aligners are removable so you can play sports without worrying about causing damage to your aligners.
However, 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 shift into their new positions, and this can make them more susceptible to damage.
- Can I play my instrument with Invisalign?
Yes! Simply 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 come with a case, and this is where you should put your aligners whenever you take them out to keep them safe.