Invisalign is a more esthetic treatment option for patients who require minor adjustments to their teeth. The removable appliance is comfortable and easy to wear, and can be better for oral hygiene than metal braces when used as directed since the teeth are unobstructed for brushing and flossing.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign aligners gently and gradually shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements mapped out in your individual treatment plan. The aligners are made of BPA-free plastic that feel smooth against your cheeks and gums.
Approximately every two weeks, a new set of aligners will be worn to move to the next stage of treatment. Since the Invisalign appliance is removable, patient motivation is very important in achieving the desired result. The aligners can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing, and when drinking hot or sugary beverages.
Is Invisalign as effective as traditional braces?
Invisalign is best suited to patients who do not require complex adjustments. Metal braces tend to work faster for closing gaps and aligning teeth, but Invisalign is more esthetic when smaller changes are needed.
Metal braces, often in conjunction with the use of elastics, are usually required for correcting a bite. If extractions are needed, Invisalign is less effective for keeping teeth upright during space closure. Your dentist will be able to tell you whether Invisalign will be effective for your specific needs. Sometimes, a combination of metal braces for a short period followed by Invisalign for the remainder can be considered.
How much does Invisalign Cost?
The best way to find an accurate price range for invisalign treatment is to have a consultation with your dentist. The cost depends on how many adjustments are needed. We also recommend checking with your benefits provider ahead of time to see if any portion of braces or other aligners is covered by your plan.
How long does Invisalign take?
The length of treatment for Invisalign depends on how complex the adjustments are. The average treatment time is approximately 12 months for adults. Your family dentist can give you a more detailed estimate for your specific needs.
Is there any pain associated with Invisalign?
Generally, there is no pain or discomfort while using Invisalign. Some people experience a temporary feeling of slight pressure on the teeth at the beginning of a new stage of treatment. This is also a sign that Invisalign is working and is gently moving your teeth into the desired position. The sensation of pressure should go away after a few days.
How will Invisalign affect my day to day activities?
Similar to other appliances, Invisalign may temporarily affect your speech as your tongue gets used to having aligners in the mouth. Any lisp caused by the aligners should disappear once you get used to them. Since the aligners are removable there are no restrictions on what you can eat or drink. However, it is important to brush your teeth after each meal prior to reinserting the aligners to ensure that sugar and bacteria are not trapped under the plastic.
Smoking is discouraged while wearing aligners because it can cause discolouration. The teeth and aligners should also be cleaned after consumption of sugary or alcoholic beverages. One thing you won’t be able to do during Invisalign treatment is chew gum while wearing the aligners. It is important to have the aligners in for 20 – 22 hours per day, taking then out only small breaks.
If your dentist recommends Invisalign as an appropriate option for your needs, then the results will be very good. A retainer will likely be recommended after Invisalign treatment to maintain your new smile and prevent the teeth from moving back. Speak to your dentist for more information about whether Invisalign is the right option for you.