Invisalign is an orthodontic appliance system used to inconspicuously treat crooked and crowded teeth in adults and teens. This modern take on braces features a system of clear aligner trays that are worn at all times with the exception of during meals and when brushing or flossing. The trays are custom fitted to the teeth, making them virtually unnoticeable when laughing, talking, and eating with other people. Patients receive a sequence of trays, each of which is slightly different than the one before. The aligners provide a slight resistance to the teeth, forcing them to move into alignment over time. With Invisalign, adults and teens can achieve the smiles they’ve always wanted without feeling self-conscious about the mode of treatment.
Did you know…
wearing Invisalign is in no way as restrictive as traditional braces? Many adults opt for this system not only because it is discreet, but also because there is no need to change your diet to avoid foods that could damage braces. This is because the Invisalign system is free of braces and brackets, instead opting for a removable tray that can be taken out prior to meals. Also, Invisalign fits well into busy adult schedules, as there is no need to attend frequent visits for wire tightening. Most patients simply change to a new aligner tray every couple of weeks.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for Invisalign?
If you have crooked or crowded teeth that are embarrassing to you or otherwise preventing you from achieving optimal oral health, Invisalign could be the solution for you. Visit your Invisalign dentist for a complete consultation to find out if you could benefit from clear orthodontics.
What should I expect during my Invisalign treatment?
You will wear your aligners nearly all of the time, with the exception of about two hours per day. Invisalign treatments are different for everyone, but most patients can achieve their ideal smiles within one to two years. During that time, you can expect to make occasional dental visits to monitor your progress.
Will I need any post-treatment care?
Following your treatment, you will no longer need to wear Invisalign trays. However, you will need to wear a retainer each day to help protect your new smile. It is also important to continue visiting your dentist for routine check-ups and twice-yearly cleaning.
How long is the orthodontic treatment?
- Most of the time, orthodontic treatment length can vary by each case, but typically will last around 2 to 2 and a half years from start to finish. If you take care of your orthodontic appliance, watch your eating habits, go to all of your scheduled adjustment appointments, and follow the dentist’s guidelines, the length of your treatment will be reduced significantly.
Do I need to have teeth removed?
- Removing teeth is not always necessary, but in some cases, it is possible before orthodontic treatment can begin. Wisdom teeth can often be the cause of pushing your teeth structure out of alignment, if this is the case, your wisdom teeth may have to be removed before treatment can begin.How often will I need to see the dentist?
- If there’s no particular issue with your braces, the dentist may require you to come back for a check-up every eight weeks to make sure that the treatment is going as expected. If the wires come loose, or if a bracket is broken, you will have to book an urgent appointment.
Will the treatment hurt?
- You will always feel pressure after your adjustments, which at times can be quite painful. If needed you can take over-the-counter pain medications such as Ibuprofen to help with the pain.
Can I play sports while I have braces?
- To prevent damage to your braces, it is suggested that you wear a protective mouth guard when playing any contact sport. You can buy them at any sports shop, and they come in a variety of color and styles.
Will I be able to play instruments normally?
- Braces won’t prevent you from playing any type of instrument, it may just change how you position your lips and mouth. Again, you can use a mouth guard if that’s more comfortable for you.
What do I do if a bracket comes off?
- Brackets can break off very easily if you do not follow the recommended guidelines that we give you. Most of the time, it will happen when you are chewing hard foods, brushing your teeth, or playing sports. When this happens, please call the office and let us know. We will then determine if you can wait til your next appointment or if you need to be seen immediately. The ends of the wires can also point out towards your cheeks and cause irritation and even bleed. You can place some of the orthodontic wax that we give you over the wire to make it more comfortable until you can be seen.