FAQs About Invisalign
Invisalign provides a popular state-of-the-art alternative to traditional braces to fix crooked teeth and bite problems – and give you an awesome smile.
Understanding the basics of this revolutionary orthodontic therapy will help you to make an informed decision on whether Invisalign is the best teeth-straightening system for you or your kids.
Here are FAQs about Invisalign we hear at Webster Orthodontics in Las Vegas.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign is designed to straighten your teeth by exerting the right amount of gentle pressure to the right place at the right time.
You wear a series of customized, removable aligners to progressively move your teeth into the correct position. It’s recommended that each set of aligners is worn 20 to 22 hours a day.
Invisalign treatment usually takes 12 to 18 months, although you’ll probably start to see the benefits in a matter of weeks. Conventional braces may need to be worn two years or more.
What are Invisalign aligners made of?
Invisalign aligners are made with clear, flexible, medical-grade plastic that’s practically invisible in your mouth. The aligners now feature a unique SmartTrack thermoplastic system that straightens teeth even more effectively while further minimizing discomfort.
How often should I change my aligners?
Invisalign treatment plans by some dentists will have you swapping out your aligners every two weeks or so. Patients at Webster Orthodontics get a new set of aligners on a weekly basis, which is more hygienic and helps to keep your breath fresh.
What’s the difference between Invisalign and standard braces?
There are two main differences between Invisalign and regular fixed braces. Invisalign aligners are made from plastic – with no metal brackets or wires – and they’re removable. This makes Invisalign treatment more comfortable and hygienic, with a greater level of convenience.
You can take your aligners out for meals and snacks, so there are none of the dietary restrictions associated with non-removable braces.
You can also remove your aligners to continue to brush and floss effectively – a tricky job with fixed braces, which may compromise your oral hygiene and put you at greater risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
What are the advantages of Invisalign?
In most cases, Invisalign treatment results in the same outcome as wearing fixed braces – but in around half the time and with multiple advantages.
Besides being barely noticeable, Invisalign aligners hold several other key advantages over traditional braces, including:
- Comfort – the aligners have smooth, rounded edges with no metal wires or brackets to irritate your mouth.
- Removability – for better oral hygiene and freedom to eat what you want.
- Faster treatment and fewer visits to the orthodontist – usually about every six weeks.
- Digital scanning – no messy impressions.
What problems can Invisalign fix?
Invisalign can resolve many different orthodontic issues. Depending on the severity or complexity of the problem, Invisalign is generally effective in correcting problems such as:
- Crooked teeth.
- Gapped teeth.
- Crowded teeth.
- Protruding teeth (overbite) and other bite irregularities.
Invisalign may not be the best type of orthodontic treatment in all cases. However, thanks to ongoing advances in technology, its applications are being constantly broadened, and more experienced Invisalign orthodontic specialists can treat a wider range of orthodontic issues.
Will Invisalign aligners affect my speech?
It may take a couple of days for your mouth to get accustomed to your aligners. You may have a slight lisp, which should quickly disappear.
At what age can kids get Invisalign treatment?
Children can generally start Invisalign treatment – Invisalign First Phase 1 orthodontics – from around the age of six to 10, when adult teeth begin replacing baby teeth.
Invisalign Teen is designed for optimum effectiveness when youngsters have most or all of their permanent teeth, and while facial structure and jaw bone are still developing.
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends an orthodontic assessment for children by the time they’re seven, even if no problems are evident.
Can you be too old for Invisalign treatment?
It’s never too late to get Invisalign adult treatment, although it may take longer than it does for children and teens, whose teeth and jaws are still growing and therefore more pliable and more responsive to orthodontics.
Can I get Invisalign treatment from any dentist?
Dentists wanting to provide Invisalign treatment have to complete the appropriate training. This means that general dentists may offer Invisalign services. However, they won’t have the expertise of orthodontic specialists, who undergo extensive specialized orthodontic training after dental school and can offer a wider range of Invisalign treatments.
How much does Invisalign treatment cost?
The exact cost of Invisalign treatment depends on the complexity of the case. Typically, it’s comparable with or maybe slightly more expensive than, getting old-style braces – a few thousand dollars. Invisalign is usually covered by dental insurance, and many Invisalign providers offer flexible payment plans.
How do I look after my aligners?
You need to keep your aligners clean to avoid staining and bacteria accumulation. Brush your aligners each night with toothpaste and rinse them in lukewarm water. It’s also a good idea to rinse your aligners every time you take them out.
You can also use the Invisalign Cleaning System – packs of crystals you dissolve in a cup of water to break down plaque and kill bacteria.
Will I need to wear retainers after Invisalign treatment?
Retainers are a lifelong commitment essential to ensure your teeth stay in their new position after any orthodontic treatment, including Invisalign.
Who came up with the Invisalign system?
The Invisalign system was developed by U.S.-based global medical device company Align Technology and first made available to orthodontists and their patients in 1999.
How do I get started with Invisalign treatment?
Getting started with Invisalign couldn’t be easier – just schedule a free Invisalign consultation.
An experienced Invisalign provider can determine whether this is the most effective orthodontic treatment in your case and can talk you through the entire Invisalign process. They’ll also be able to answer any other FAQs about Invisalign you may have.