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- What is Invisalign?
Invisalign's series of clear, custom-fitted aligners straighten your teeth, minus brackets or metal wires.
Using advanced 3D computer imaging technology at the beginning of the process, we create a custom treatment plan based on your unique smile.
A series of custom clear aligners will be constructed to fit your teeth precisely during each stage of the treatment process.
- How does the Invisalign process work?
Invisalign clear plastic aligners are designed to move your teeth by small increments as your treatment continues. You will wear each aligner for about two weeks before replacing it with the next one in the series.
This process will continue until your teeth are in their prescribed, corrected positions. Your dentist will determine the duration of your Invisalign treatment based on your specific needs.
- How long does Invisalign treatment take?
The duration of your Invisalign treatment will be determined by your dentist, based on your specific needs.
Factors that could determine the duration of your treatment include the misalignment of your teeth or jaw, the shape of your bite, and the amount of movement required to correct the problem.
- What are Invisalign aligners made of?
The Invisalign aligners are made with BPA-free, USP Class VI medical-grade, high molecular weight polyurethane resins.
- How often do I have to visit the dentist?
Since Invisalign aligners do not require any adjustments or tightening – you'll just switch to a new set of aligners every two weeks – you will briefly check in with your dentist at appointments scheduled every 4 to 6 weeks.
During these appointments, your dentist will review your progress and general oral health, answer your questions, 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?
Cost will depend on the duration of your treatment and severity of your case. For example, the more severe the malocclusion, the more aligners you'll require 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 quite easily into your daily life.
You can remove your aligners whenever you need to eat, drink, brush or floss. This means absolutely no dietary restrictions, and brushing and flossing is just as easy as ever.
- Are there any food or drink restrictions?
Because Invisalign aligners are removable, you can take them out to eat. As a result, you won't have any dietary restrictions when it comes to Invisalign, so you can continue to eat all your favourite foods!
To avoid staining your clear aligners, we recommend removing them when you drink 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 require, based on a careful evaluation of your bite during an initial consultation.
- Can adults use Invisalign?
Yes! Invisalign is potentially a fit for anyone with healthy teeth and gums.
More and more adults are choosing to have orthodontic treatment these days, in large part because options like Invisalign have become available.
- Can teenagers use Invisalign?
Yes! Teens can absolutely be candidates for Invisalign. In fact, Invisalign has created a line of aligners to meet the unique needs of teenagers.
Invisalign Teen aligners come with compliance indicators on them (small blue dots that fade away after the aligners have been worn for two full weeks) to help teens stay on track with their treatment.
They also come with eruption tabs that provide space for second molars and keep them from growing in crooked.
- How often do I have to change my Invisalign aligners?
Most patients switch 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?
Rinse your aligners each time you remove them to get rid of dry saliva and plaque that may result in bad breath and dental decay.
Soak your aligners in denture cleaner, Retainer Brite, and/or the official Invisalign cleaning crystals.
Brush and floss your teeth before you put your aligners back in. 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 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 then rinse off the soap. Now you're done!
- Can I play sports with Invisalign?
You can play sports with Invisalign aligners without worrying about causing damage to them, as they are removable.
However, keep in mind that Invisalign aligners must be worn for a minimum of 22 hours a day, so schedule 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 put 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 store your aligners whenever you take them out to keep them safe.