The Invisalign FAQ: Everything You Need to Know
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign treatment involves a series of clear, custom-made aligners that gradually shift your teeth into the desired position. Each set of aligners is worn for 20-22 hours per day, and you’ll switch to a new set of aligners every 1-2 weeks as your teeth move. Additionally, Invisalign aligners are removable, which means you can eat, brush, and floss normally without any restrictions.
How long does Invisalign treatment take?
The length of Invisalign treatment will depend on the complexity of your case and how well you follow the prescribed treatment plan. On average, treatment time can range from 6-18 months. During your initial consultation, your orthodontist will evaluate your teeth and provide a more accurate estimate of how long your treatment may take. It’s important to follow your orthodontist’s instructions closely to ensure the best possible outcome in the shortest amount of time.
Is Invisalign painful?
While there may be some discomfort when switching to a new set of aligners, most patients find Invisalign to be more comfortable than traditional braces. The aligners are made of smooth plastic that won’t irritate your cheeks or gums, and there are no wires or brackets to poke or prod. However, there may be some soreness or tenderness in the first few days of treatment as your teeth adjust to the new aligners.
How often should I wear my Invisalign aligners?
To achieve the best results, it is recommended that you wear your Invisalign aligners for 20-22 hours per day. You should only remove them to eat, brush, and floss. Failing to wear your aligners for the recommended amount of time can slow down your progress and prolong your treatment time. It’s important to follow your orthodontist’s instructions closely to ensure the best possible outcome.
Can I eat and drink with my Invisalign aligners?
While you can technically eat and drink with your Invisalign aligners in, it is recommended that you remove them before consuming anything other than water. This will help prevent damage to the aligners and keep them looking clear and discreet. Additionally, eating or drinking with your aligners can stain them and increase the risk of cavities and other dental problems. Remember to always brush and floss before putting your aligners back in to keep your teeth and aligners clean and healthy.
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