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Frequently Asked Questions

Invisible aligners are a modern orthodontic solution designed to straighten teeth discreetly and effectively. They are a popular alternative to traditional metal braces, especially for adults and teenagers who wish to enhance their smiles without the noticeable appearance of braces.

The duration of invisible aligner treatment varies based on individual factors such as the complexity of your orthodontic issues and how well you comply with wearing the aligners as prescribed. On average, treatment can take anywhere from a few months to around two years. Less complex cases might require a shorter duration, typically ranging from 12 to 18 months, while more intricate issues could extend the treatment timeline. Your Invisalign Doctor will provide you with a personalized treatment plan and an estimate of how long your specific treatment is expected to last. Regular check-ins with your orthodontist will help ensure that your treatment progresses as planned.

Yes, you can remove invisible aligners, but it’s important to follow your Invisalign Doctor instructions regarding when and how often to do so. While aligners are designed to be removable, they should be worn for the majority of the day to ensure effective treatment. Typically, aligners should be worn for 20-22 hours a day, allowing you to remove them for eating, drinking (except water), brushing, and flossing.

Invisible aligners might cause some initial discomfort or pressure as your teeth adjust to their new positions. This discomfort is usually temporary and is a natural part of the teeth-moving process. As you progress through each set of aligners, you might feel a slight tightness or pressure for a day or two after putting in a new set. This sensation generally subsides as your teeth begin to adjust. While some people might find this uncomfortable, it’s often described as manageable and not overly painful. If you experience any significant pain or irritation, it’s important to consult your Invisalign doctor, as adjustments might be needed.

Invisible aligners are suitable for most but not all malocclusion types. Patient compliance in wearing them for 20-22 hours daily is crucial. They are preferred by adults and older teens, while growing jaws might require other approaches. Complex cases and certain dental conditions might need different treatments. Consulting a dental professional is key to determine suitability based on individual needs and expectations.

Taking care of your invisible aligners is crucial for a successful orthodontic journey. When removing them, handle gently from both sides to avoid damage. Keep them clean by rinsing with water each time you take them out and cleaning daily using the dental pod provided and the recommended cleaning tablets.

Where it is not possible to use the dental pod, such as when away from home, brush with a soft toothbrush and clear antibacterial soap.

Prevent staining by drinking only water while wearing them and maintaining good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing your teeth before putting the aligners back in. Store them in their case when not in use to prevent damage. Regular check-ins with your Invisalign Doctor and patience with speech adjustments will contribute to a smooth treatment experience.

Wearing invisible aligners can temporarily affect your speech. This is because your mouth and tongue need a little time to adjust to the presence of the aligners. The aligners are made from a thin, smooth material, but they still occupy space in your mouth that your tongue and lips are accustomed to using when forming sounds.

While wearing invisible aligners, it’s generally recommended to only consume water while the aligners are in your mouth. Beverages like coffee, tea, sodas, juices, and other colored or sugary drinks can potentially stain the aligners, affect their transparency, and create a breeding ground for bacteria if not cleaned properly.