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- What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a series of clear, custom orthodontic aligners that fit over your teeth to straighten them without metal wires or brackets.
At the start of treatment, we will use 3D computer imaging technology to create a custom treatment plan just for you.
Based on this plan, your orthodontic aligners will be made to fit your teeth during each stage of your treatment process.
- How do Invisalign clear aligners work?
Invisalign aligners move your teeth by tiny increments. You'll wear each set of aligners for approximately 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. The duration of your treatment will be determined by your dentist based on your specific case.
- How long does treatment take?
Your dentist will determine the duration of your treatment based on the nature and extent of your misalignment.
Factors that may affect how long your treatment takes 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 clear aligners made of?
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 require no tightening or adjustment – you just switch to a new set of aligners every two weeks – your dentist will schedule brief appointments with you every 4 - 6 weeks.
During these appointments, your dentist will review your progress and general oral health, answer your questions, and make adjustments to your treatment plan as required.
- What are the primary features of Invisalign?
Clear aligners are:
- Discreet and low profile
- Smooth and comfortable to wear
- Convenient and time-saving (no adjustment appointments necessary)
- Removable for eating, brushing and flossing
- How much does Invisalign cost?
The cost of your Invisalign treatment will depend on the severity of your case, and how long treatment takes. The more severe the malocclusion, the more aligners you'll need and the more treatment will cost.
The cost treatment with Invisalign is similar to that of traditional metal braces.
- How will Invisalign fit my lifestyle?
You'll likely find that your Invisalign aligners fit very neatly into your established daily routines.
Because of the low profile appearance, people likely won't notice you're wearing them most of the time, so the impacts on your social life are fairly minor.
And since you can take the aligners out to eat, or to brush and floss your teeth, there will be no dietary restrictions, and you can brush and floss the same way you always do.
- Are there any food or drink restrictions?
Invisalign aligners are removable, so you can take them out when you need to eat or drink. This means there are no dietary restrictions during your treatment, and you can continue to eat all the foods you love!
That being said, Invisalign aligners can stain, so be sure to take them out to drink things such as wine, coffee, or other dark beverages.
- How many sets of aligners will I need?
The answer to this question can only be determined by your dentist, and will depend on the severity of your misalignment.
- Can adults use Invisalign?
Absolutely! Anyone with healthy teeth and gums is a potential candidate for Invisalign.
More adults than ever are deciding to undergo orthodontic treatment these days, largely because of the availability of lower profile options like Invisalign.Clear Aligners For Adults
- Can teenagers use Invisalign?
Yes! Teens can certainly be candidates for Invisalign. As a matter of fact, Invisalign has developed a series of clear aligners designed specifically for teenagers.About Invisalign Teen
- How often do I have to change my aligners?
Most patients change to their next set of aligners every other week. Your dentist will tell you exactly how often you should switch yours out.
- How do I clean my aligners?
- Rinse your aligners off every time you remove them. This will help prevent buildup of dry saliva and plaque that can lead to in dental decay and bad breath.
- Soak your aligners regularly using denture cleaner or Invisalign cleaning crystals.
- Brush and floss your teeth before you put your aligners back in after eating. Good oral hygiene is an essential part of maintaining healthy teeth and avoiding cavities and decay. Lack of proper brushing and flossing allow food debris and bacteria to become trapped between your teeth and the aligners, increasing your risk of dental decay and bad breath.
- Clean your aligners with a clear, anti-bacterial soft soap each time you brush your teeth. Clear anti-bacterial soap is an excellent and inexpensive way to keep your aligners clean, fresh, and bacteria free.
- Brush your aligners gently so that you do not scratch them, and then rinse the soap off. Then you're done!
- Can I play sports with Invisalign?
You can remove your aligners during practice or games so that you don't need to worry about damaging them.
Keep in mind that the aligners must be worn for about 22 hours a day, so plan your time carefully.
You should invest in a sports mouth guard to protect your teeth during sports, as orthodontic treatment can cause your teeth to loosen slightly as they shift into their new positions. This can make them more susceptible to damage.
- Can I play my instrument with clear aligners?
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 will come with a case, and this is where you should put your aligners whenever you take them out, in order to keep them safe.
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