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What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a series of clear, custom-made orthodontic aligners that straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets.
We use advanced 3D computer imaging technology during the consultation process to create a treatment plan based on your unique smile.
Your custom clear aligners will then be manufactured to fit your teeth precisely during each stage of the Invisalign treatment process.
How does the Invisalign process work?
Invisalign clear plastic aligner moves your teeth in tiny increments as your treatment progresses. You will wear each aligner for about two weeks before it is replaced by the next one in the series.
The total duration of your Invisalign treatment will be determined by your dentist based on your specific needs.
How long does Invisalign treatment take?
Your dentist will estimate the duration of your Invisalign treatment based on your specific needs.
Factors that may determine the duration of your treatment 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 aligners made of?
The 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 adjustments or tightening – you just switch to a new set of aligners every two weeks – so you may only have to attend brief appointments with your dentist every 4 to 6 weeks.
During these appointments, your dentist will take the opportunity to review your progress and general oral health, answer your questions, and adjust your treatment as required.
What are the primary features of Invisalign?
The features of Invisalign include:
- A discreet, transparent appearance
- Smooth, comfortable construction
- No adjustment appointments necessary
- Removable for eating, brushing and flossing
How much does Invisalign cost?
The cost will depend on the severity of your case and the duration of your treatment. For instance, the more severe the malocclusion, the more aligners you'll need and the more your treatment will cost.
In many cases, the cost of Invisalign is comparable to that of traditional orthodontic treatment (braces).
How will Invisalign fit my lifestyle?
You'll find that Invisalign fits quite well into your day-to-day life.
You can remove your aligners whenever eat, drink, brush and floss. That means there are no dietary restrictions, and brushing and flossing are just as easy as ever.
Are there any food or drink restrictions?
Since Invisalign aligners are removable, you can take them out when it's time to eat. This means there are no dietary restrictions with Invisalign, and you can continue to enjoy all the foods you love!
To avoid discolouration of your clear aligners, we recommend removing them when you consume dark-coloured beverages like wine, coffee, or dark sodas.
How many sets of aligners will I need?
The answer to this question will depend on the severity of your misalignment.
Your dentist will give you an estimate of how many aligners you will need, based on a careful evaluation of your bite during an initial consultation.
Can adults use Invisalign?
Yes! Anyone with healthy teeth and gums is a potential Invisalign candidate.
More adults than ever are deciding to undergo orthodontic treatment these days, in large part because options like Invisalign have become available.
Can teenagers use Invisalign?
Yes! Teenagers can definitely use Invisalign. In fact, Invisalign has created a line of aligners to meet the unique needs of teenagers.
Invisalign Teen aligners have compliance indicators on them (small blue dots that fade away after the aligners have been worn for two full weeks) to help teens keep track of their treatment.
They also come with eruption tabs that provide space for second molars and prevent them from growing in crooked.
How often do I have to change my Invisalign aligners?
Most patients need to change to their next set of aligners every two weeks or so. Your dentist will tell you exactly how often you should switch yours out.
How do I clean my aligners?
Each time you remove your aligners, rinse them to wash away dry saliva and plaque before putting them back in your mouth.
Soak your aligners once a day using a denture cleaner, Retainer Brite, and/or the official Invisalign cleaning crystals.
Always brush and floss your teeth before you put your aligners back in. Good oral hygiene is essential in maintaining healthy teeth and avoiding cavities and decay. Failing to brush and floss properly can result in food debris and bacteria getting trapped between your teeth and aligner, increasing your risk of dental problems and bad breath.
Use a clear, anti-bacterial soft soap to clean your aligners. Clear anti-bacterial soap is an excellent and inexpensive way to keep your aligners clear, fresh, and free from harmful bacteria.
Brush your aligners gently so as not to scratch them, and then rinse off the soap. Then you're done!
Can I play sports with Invisalign?
Invisalign aligners are removable so you can play sports without worrying about damaging them.
That said, it's important to remember that you must wear your Invisalign aligners for a minimum of 22 hours a day, so plan your time carefully.
You'll also want to invest in a sports mouth guard to protect your teeth, as orthodontic treatment can cause your teeth to loosen slightly as they shift into their new positions, and this can make them more susceptible to damage.
Can I play my instrument during Invisalign treatment?
Yes! You can 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 to keep them safe.