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Invisalign FAQ


Invisalign

Q. How often must I wear my aligners?

A. You should wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours daily. You may remove them for eating, drinking and regular oral hygiene.

Q. Are there any restrictions to what I can eat while in treatment?

A. No. Unlike braces, you may eat whatever you like as long as you remove the aligners before eating. Prior to placing the aligners back on, it is important to brush your teeth and  aligners.

Q. Will wearing the aligners affect my speech?

A. Like any orthodontic treatment, there is a short adjustment period. The more you speak with the aligners on, the quicker you will adjust.

Q. Is there any discomfort with Invisalign® treatment?

A. There will be some pressure and minor discomfort for a day or two after each initial insertion. This is a sign that your teeth are moving sequentially into their final position.

Q. Can I chew gum?

A. It is recommended that you remove your aligners prior to chewing gum as the gum may stick to the aligners.

Q. Can I smoke with the aligners in?

A. We discourage smoking with aligners as the cigarette smoke will tend to discolor them.

Q. How do I keep my aligners clean?

A. Brushing them with cool water after every meal or snack will keep them fresh and clean.  Toothpaste is not needed, and may actually scatch the surface of the aligners causing more dental plaque to accumulate.

Q. How often do I see an orthodontist while wearing Invisalign®?

A. Regular office visits are usually every six to eight weeks. This will ensure that your Invisalign treatment is progressing as planned.

Q. What happens after my treatment is complete? Do I need retainers?

A. All orthodontic patients are instructed to wear their retainers at night indefinitely. Sleeping with your retainers in at night will ensure a healthy bite and maintain the new position of your teeth.

Q. How long does Invisalign treatment take?

A. Treatment time varies depending on the severity of the misaligned teeth. Treatment time can be shorter than traditional braces, and is typically between six and 18 months.

Q. Does Invisalign work for kids?

A. Yes, Invisalign treatment works by the same method that traditional braces work.  Light pressures are exerted on the teeth by the appliances, and the teeth slowly move into the desired positions.  There are differences, however, that you should discuss with Dr. Goldman prior to deciding on which treatment method is most appropriate for your child.