Here are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about Invisalign clear aligners from the R.A. Campbell Dentistry team in Bowmanville.
Read the answers to our most frequently asked questions.
What are Invisalign clear aligners?
The Invisalign clear aligner system is a series of custom fitted and clear plastic aligners that straighten your teeth in small increments without using metal brackets or wires.
We use advanced 3D imaging technology to create a treatment plan for you based on your unique smile during our consultation process.
A series of custom aligners will be crafted to fit your teeth perfectly during each stage of your orthodontic treatment.
How does the Invisalign process work?
Invisalign's clear plastic aligners move your teeth gradually and in small increments over the course of your treatment. Each set of aligners are meant to be worn for about 2 weeks before moving on to the next in the series.
This process will continue until your teeth are in their prescribed, corrected positions. The 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 determine the duration of your Invisalign treatment based on your specific needs.
Some of the factors that might influence the length of your treatment include the misalignment of your jaw or teeth, the shape of your bite and the amount of movement required during the treatment to correct your orthodontic problem.
What are Invisalign aligners made of?
Invisalign clear aligners are made from BPA free, USP Class VI medical-grade, high molecular weight, polyurethane resins.
How often do I have to visit the dentist?
Because Invisalign clear aligners can be switched out at home every two weeks and don't require adjustments or tightening, you will only need to visit your dentist for quick appointments every month or so.
During these appointments, your dentist will take the opportunity to review your progress and general oral health, answer your questions, and make adjustments to your treatment as required.
What are the primary features of Invisalign?
Invisalign aligners are:
- Removable for eating, brushing and flossing
- A more low-profile solution than traditional braces
- Do not require adjustment appointments
- Smooth construction that many find more comfortable
How much does Invisalign cost?
The cost of your aligners will depend on the severity of your orthodontic issue and the length 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 may very will find that Invisalign fits comfortably into your regular day-to-day life.
You can take your aligners out when you need to floss, brush, eat, or drink. That means absolutely no dietary restrictions, and brushing and flossing is just as easy as ever.
Are there any food or drink restrictions?
Invisalign clear aligners are removable, meaning that you can take them out to eat. Because of this, there are no dietary restrictions: you can eat all the foods you love!
To avoid staining your clear aligners, we recommend removing them when you consume beverages such as wine, coffee, or dark soda beverages.
How many sets of aligners will I need?
The answer to this question will depend on the severity of your misalignment.
Only your dentist will be able to provide your with an accurate estimate of how long your treatment will take, based on a careful evaluation of your bite during the consultation process.
Can adults use Invisalign?
Yes! Anyone who has healthy teeth and gums is a potential candidate for Invisalign.
More adults than ever are choosing to undergo orthodontic treatment. This is in large part due to the availability of treatment options like Invisalign.
Can teenagers use Invisalign?
Absolutely! Teenagers can definitely be candidates for Invisalign treatment. In fact, Invisalign has a special line of clear aligners which are targeted at 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 stay on track with 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 change to their next set of aligners every two weeks or so. Your dentist will tell you exactly how often you should switch out your aligners.
How do I clean my aligners?
Rinse your aligners each time you remove them. This will wash away plaque and dried saliva what can cause tooth decay or bad breath.
Soak your aligners using Invisalign cleaning crystals, Retainer Brite, or denture cleaner.
Brush and floss your teeth before you put your aligners back in. Good oral hygiene is key to maintaining healthy teeth and avoiding cavities and decay. Failing to brush and floss properly can trap food debris and bacteria between your teeth and aligner, increasing your risk of dental problems and bad breath.
Clean your aligners with a clear, anti-bacterial soft soap. 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 causing damage to your aligners.
However, keep in mind that Invisalign aligners must be kept in 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 with Invisalign?
Yes! Just remove the aligners to practice playing your instrument and then put them back in once you're finished.
How do I store my aligners?
Your Invisalign aligners will come with a case. You should use it to store your aligners when they aren't in your mouth to protect them from harm.
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