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Invisalign: Frequently Asked Questions

Getting a straight smile shouldn’t embarrass you. Invisalign lets you straighten your teeth discretely, so you can have the smile you always wanted without everyone knowing you’re having orthodontic work done. Having a smile you’re proud of can change your life. Invisalign has been a huge help to adults looking to straighten their teeth without the traditional appearance of braces.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces and is used to straighten your teeth. Instead of brackets and wires, Invisalign uses clear, custom-made retainer-style trays to move your teeth gradually. You change them periodically, with each tray moving your teeth closer to their ideal position. They are barely noticeable, but the biggest difference between Invisalign and traditional braces is the Invisalign trays are removable.

You don’t have to endure the food restrictions you would with braces since you can remove your aligner tray to eat. While you should avoid sticky candy, like caramel, even if you don’t have braces, you can enjoy healthy snacks when you take out your aligner tray. If you and a friend want to enjoy some popcorn and a movie, you can.

You also remove your aligner to brush your teeth and floss. Since it’s easier to keep your teeth clean, you’ll have fresher breath and you may have healthier, brighter teeth after treatment than if you wore regular braces.

Who Benefits From Invisalign Treatment?

Teenagers and adults who want to fix crowded teeth, a gap in their teeth, or an underbite or overbite can benefit from Invisalign. While Invisalign can correct many issues, severe misalignment problems may need traditional metal braces to correct them properly. Please call for a consultation if you would like to know if you are a good candidate for Invisalign.

Adults do well with Invisalign because they see the personal and professional benefits of straightening their teeth inconspicuously. Teens are all different. Some are very responsible, while others may not be ready for a removable orthodontic appliance. If you’re considering this orthodontic treatment option for your child, ask yourself the following questions.

  1. Is my child’s jaw still growing? Ask your dentist if your child’s adult teeth are all in and their jaw has stopped growing. If not, it wouldn’t be practical to start treatment as your child can outgrow the correction.
  2. Does your child care about invisibility? Many teens wear braces today and some teens view braces as a sign they’re growing up. Your child may prefer metal or ceramic braces that they can leave in while they eat lunch at school. Other teens like Invisalign because they don’t want their orthodontic appliance to stand out. A discrete option gives them more confidence in social situations.
  3. Will your child wear their Invisalign for the 20 or more hours they need to each day? Will your child remember to put their aligner back in after lunch at school? Consider the places your teen will go, like friend’s houses for the weekend or summer camp.
  4. Will your child keep their aligner in its holder when they are not wearing it? If you’re afraid your child will lose their aligner, traditional braces may be a better option.

Call us to schedule a consultation, and one of our experienced dentists will talk to you and your teen about whether Invisalign is the best choice.

How Do People Get Their First Aligners?

If you’re a good candidate for Invisalign and your dentist feels the aligner trays can correct your issue, you’ll start with a customized treatment plan. You’ll learn how long treatment will take, how often you’ll change trays and how frequently you will come in for appointments.

Next, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth. Technicians will create a series of custom made aligner trays to move your teeth from their current position to the desired one. Once the aligners are ready, your dentist will ensure the tray fits you and you’re ready to start your journey to straighter teeth. There may be mild discomfort with the first tray and each new tray, but it is less than the discomfort people feel having traditional braces adjusted.

How Will Invisalign Fit in My Daily Life?

Wearing aligner trays fits in most people’s lives easily. In the morning, you take the tray out to brush your teeth and clean your tray. Yes, you sleep with them in. You’ll take them out again before each meal or anytime you have a hot drink and put them back in afterwards. If you have a snack, you must take them out to eat, so you’ll probably snack less. As long as you wear your Invisalign trays 20 to 22 hours at day, you can take them out for special occasions, such as for photos or interviews.

Invisalign aligner trays are barely noticeable. Since they’re made to fit your teeth exactly, most people won’t even notice them. Clean them as your dentist instructs so they won’t get dingy or scratched and become more evident. You may lisp at first, just like you would with traditional braces. Practice talking with a friend and the lisp will soon go away as you get used to the trays in your mouth.

What Happens After Invisalign Treatment?

You usually wear aligner trays for 12 months, but treatment can take less time or it can be longer depending on your unique needs. Your dentist can give you an estimate when he or she completes your treatment plan during your initial consultation. Keep in mind that things may change along the way and you may end up with a slightly shorter or longer treatment.

After any orthodontic treatment, your dentist will most likely recommend wearing a retainer to maintain the smile you’ve achieved. He or she will find the right retainer to keep your teeth from shifting back to their former position. We want your new smile to last forever.

Can I Get Invisalign From My Local Dentist?

Our specially trained dentists can help you decide if Invisalign is right for you. Call us to schedule a consultation to discuss your goals for your smile. At our office, we want you to feel comfortable asking your dentist questions and raising concerns. We know Invisalign is a big decision. Call today to learn more.

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