We love your smile, and we want you to love it too! One of the biggest things people wish to fix about their smile is crooked or misaligned teeth. If you aren’t happy with your teeth but do not want to deal with the hassle of traditional braces, you may be a good candidate for Invisalign. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the Invisalign aligner system:
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a method of correcting crooked or crowded teeth through a series of plastic aligners. Unlike traditional braces, these aligners are clear and almost undetectable while in your mouth. They are also removable, meaning that you can eat and drink without worrying about debris getting in your braces. Invisalign aligners slowly reposition your teeth over time.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign consists of a series of aligners that go into your teeth and gradually shift their position. You will be given new aligners every few weeks and your smile will slowly shift.
What is the Invisalign treatment process?
To begin your Invisalign journey, you will schedule a consultation. At this consultation, we will look at your teeth and make a comprehensive plan for your treatment. This will involve a digital showcase that maps out the step-by-step change for your smile. After your plan is approved, we will create your aligners. You will get a new set of aligners every one to two weeks depending on your needs and the stage of treatment.
How long does treatment take?
The dental needs of every person are different, so treatment time will vary, but generally, Invisalign will take about 9-18 months to correct your smile. When you visit your dental professional for a consultation they will be able to give you an idea of the timeline of your treatment.
Who is a good candidate for Invisalign?
The age range of Invisalign patients is broad. Many adults who have never had their teeth corrected, or whose teeth have shifted since they’ve gotten their braces off, seek out Invisalign treatment. Children and teens can also be good candidates for this system. Come see us for a consultation for a definitive answer on if this system is right for you or your child.
Does Invisalign hurt?
Invisalign should not be painful, but you may experience some minor pressure or discomfort as you move to a new set of aligners. This is normal and can be controlled with over the counter pain medication. Because your teeth are gradually being shifted into place, a small amount of pressure or discomfort is expected and shows that they are working properly.
How often do I need to wear my Invisalign aligners?
You should wear your aligners as much as possible. You may take them out to eat, drink, and brush your teeth but you should plan on wearing them the rest of the time. You should also sleep with your aligners in.
Will Invisalign affect my speech?
For most people, Invisalign will not affect the way that they talk. If you are having problems with speaking with your aligners in, visit your dental professional.
Can I chew gum while wearing Invisalign?
You should not chew gum while wearing your aligners. Take them out whenever you plan on eating or drinking.
How do I clean my Invisalign aligners?
You should clean your aligners in lukewarm water. You can brush and rinse them and use Invisalign Cleaning Crystals. You should also plan on brushing your teeth every time you eat and before you put your aligners back in. This will help them stay clean and fresh.
I have braces, can I switch to Invisalign?
The short answer is yes, there are many instances of patients with braces switching to Invisalign. You will need to contact your dental professional to see if this is a viable option for you.
Where can I get Invisalign?
Invisalign is popular worldwide and is available in over 45 countries. But, we offer it right here in our office!
If you are considering Invisalign treatment, come see us for a consultation. Invisalign is a subtle way to correct your teeth and get the smile that you have always wanted. Schedule an appointment with us today to take the first step towards a brand new smile.