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Invisalign: Frequently Asked Questions

Maybe getting your teeth fixed is something you didn’t do as a teen and now you realize how misaligned teeth are holding you back professionally or hurting your self-confidence. Invisalign is a barely noticeable option for people who don’t want to announce their orthodontic work in progress. Hearing that braces are required to fix a gap or straighten misaligned teeth isn’t something teens or adults necessarily want to hear.

What Are Invisalign Aligners?

Invisalign is the most popular brand of clear aligner trays. Patients receive a treatment plan which includes a series of aligner tray which they change every two weeks. Each tray, which looks like a thin, transparent teeth whitening tray, gradually shifts the teeth into new positions. The aligners use SmartTrack® which is a custom, modern material used to ensure a good fit and ease when placing and removing the aligner trays.

One of the main reasons patients choose Invisalign is because they are virtually invisible. Unless people stand close, they cannot see them. The aligners are also removable, allowing an individual to take them out to eat and brush their teeth, as long as they stay on for 20 to 22 hours a day.

Invisalign are the original clear aligners. There are other companies offering clear aligner therapy, but only Invisalign has the cutting edge technology and high-quality materials (their own patented BPA-free SmatTrack material) to help patients achieve the best possible results. Please call us if you’re interested in the best clear aligner tray option; our dentists went through Invisalign’s certification process so patients get the most out of their treatment.

Who Can Wear Invisalign?

Invisalign is an ideal alternative to braces for teens whose jaw and teeth have stopped growing and for adults. It can correct overbites, open bites, gaps between teeth and crowded teeth. Each patient is different; Invisalign has its limitations. Severe or complex alignment issues may require metal braces to repair. For example, Invisalign can’t close a gap larger than six millimeters. Call us to schedule an evaluation with one of our specially trained dentists to see if Invisalign can correct your issues.

If you’re considering Invisalign for your teenager, ask yourself:

  1. Can my teen keep track of their aligner? Everyone can lose an aligner, but repeatedly losing one can become expensive, as well as cause delays in the end of treatment. If your teen is one who constantly loses their keys or glasses, braces may be a better option for them.
  2. Will my teenager be able to wear their aligner enough hours each day? Teens may have trouble remembering to rinse off their aligner and put it back in right away after eating. When they are at school or a friend’s house, they can get busy and forget.
  3. Does my teen participate in any extracurricular actives that would require them to have the aligner out too long? If your child can’t wear their aligners during sports practices or games because they are required to wear a mouth guard, they may not keep them in long enough each day. It may also be difficult for your teen to wear their aligner 22 hours a day if they play a wind instrument in band. Ask your dentist about your child’s activities to see if any would interfere with their treatment.
  4. Are your alignment or orthodontic problems severe? If you have severe issues with your teeth, like extreme misalignments or an underbite that might require surgery, Invisalign is not likely to be a viable solution for you.

Is Getting Invisalign Like Getting Braces?

Since a dentist does not have to glue brackets to each tooth, most patients find getting aligners is easier. Assuming you’re a suitable candidate, your dentist will order the trays after creating a treatment plan. He or she will either make an impression of your teeth or perform a digital scan so the aligners can be made-to-order.

Once you get your first aligner tray, you may feel slight discomfort, which is normal. You’ll return to your dentist every six to eight weeks so he or she can check your progress and give you new trays. The length of your treatment is based on your personalized treatment plan, but it typically runs from 12 to 18 months. Contrary to popular belief, adults don’t have longer treatment times than teenagers.

Will Invisalign Fit in with My Lifestyle?

If you are disciplined enough to wear your aligners 22 hours a day, you should find they fit in your life better than braces would. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign is virtually invisible. People won’t see you’re having orthodontic work done unless they are very close to you. Even so, you can slip them out to have your picture taken or for a job interview.

Since you take the aligner out to eat, you can eat the same food you’ve always eaten. There’s no worrying about food getting stuck in your braces, wedged under the wires and brackets. You can eat popcorn, pretzels and other foods people with braces have to avoid.

Dental hygiene is much easier with Invisalign. You take them out to brush and floss, so your teeth will stay healthy and your breath fresh. You’ll have to brush after every meal, since bits of food left on your teeth can make the aligners not work as well. Brushing after every meal is a good habit to get into; it will help prevent decay and gum disease.

Do I Have to Wear a Retainer After Invisalign?

You must wear a retainer after your Invisalign treatment to maintain the results. Otherwise, your teeth could gradually shift back to their original position. Your dentist will determine the time you’ll have to wear the retainer to maintain the results.

Where Can I Get Invisalign Near Me?

Invisalign is a smile straightening solution suitable for many people. If you’re ready to find out if it is right for you, call us to schedule a consultation with a dentist trained in using Invisalign. Your dentist will examine your teeth and talk to you about your smile goals. We hope to meet you soon!

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