What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an alternative to conventional braces. Instead of moving teeth with braces and wires, Invisalign allow us to move teeth with clear aligners. Invisalign are designed to gradually move teeth using series of aligners that were fabricated to customize your needs.
Invisalign has its own benefits since they do not require brackets and wires:
- Clear aligners minimize cosmetic impact during treatment
- Less Oral Hygiene concern
- Shorter Appointment time
- Less/ No emergency appointment from wire poking and appliance breakage
- Less concern when playing Sports or Musical Instruments
- Eat whatever you would like.
However, Invisalign is not for everyone, since some complicated teeth movement requires conventional brackets. Invisalign also requires excellent compliance in terms of aligner wear to make it effective.
1. How many hours should I wear my aligners?
20-22 hours of daily wear is required. Please take them off when you eat or drink, but don’t forget to put them back on. You can take them out during contact sports, if mouthguard is required.
Make sure you remove them when you drink, since leaving them in when you drink can retain sweet causing caries.
2. How can I clean them?
Brush it with natural toothpaste that does not have abrasive component (non-whitening toothpaste etc.)
3. How often should I come to the clinic?
Every 8-10 weeks you would be required to come to the clinic to check on the progress and tracking
4. How often should I change my aligners?
Every one-two weeks, depending on the case.
5. What is the treatment time?
Treatment time will be similar to conventional braces. However, some cases we may be able to finish the case sooner since you will be able to wear the rubber bands sooner
6. What is the difference between Invisalign Teen and Invisalign?
Invisalign teen has a color indicator that allows us to check whether you are wearing the aligner for a sufficient amount of time. The color change will help you know whether you wore the aligner for sufficient amount of time.
In addition, Invisalign teen provides six replacement aligners with no additional charge just in case you lose your aligners.
7. What happens if I lose my aligner?
Please wear the previous or the next aligner and give us a call so we can schedule you for office visit to check the progress.
8. Will there be any discomfort?
Yes, there may be some discomfort 2-3 days since your teeth are expected to move with your new aligners.
9. Will my speech be impeded?
As with conventional braces, your speech may be affected with mild lisp temporarily. Sometimes there is a ledge on the aligner (on the back of your upper front teeth) that may interfere initially, but you will get used to them as you speak with the aligners more.
10. Is it completely invisible?
The aligners are clear so visibility is minimized.
However, there will be attachments placed (transparent buttons) on some teeth that will enable us to do some difficult movements with aligners only.