Are you interested in Invisalign? If so, check out some answers to the most frequently asked questions.
How Does it Work?
The Invisalign system consists of clear, plastic aligners that slip on and off over your teeth. They are created from a 3D model of your mouth, and each aligner works to gradually move your teeth into their desired position. You’ll move on to the next aligner every two weeks, at which time certain teeth will be isolated to move. Invisialign controls the force applied to the teeth as well as the timing of the force.
How Long Do I Have to Wear My Aligners?
To stay on track with your treatment, you’ll need to wear your aligners for 20-22 hours per day. The longer you wear them, the better. The only time they should be removed is when you are caring for your teeth or eating.
Will They Hurt?
When you begin your Invisalign treatment, you may experience some initial discomfort. The same can be said every time you move on to the next aligner in the series. Most patients report that the discomfort is significantly less than the pain experienced with traditional braces. Plus, it is a sign that the system is working.
What Can I Eat?
One of the best benefits of Invisalign is that you don’t have to make any dietary changes. Since your aligners should be removed while you eat, you can continue to enjoy your favorite foods.
How Long Will I Need Treatment?
Treatment times will vary depending on the severity of your dental issue. Average adult treatment times are about 12 months, but can last as little as 5 months or over 2 years.
Do I Still Need to See My Dentist?
Yes. Just like traditional braces, you need to see your dentist regularly so that your progress can be evaluated. Appointments are every six weeks. Fortunately, they tend to be quicker than traditional braces checks.