Read answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about Invisalign clear aligners from Hollinger Dental Group in Timmins.
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 clear aligners that straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets.
We use advanced 3D computer imaging technology during the consultation process to create a treatment plan based on your unique smile.
A series of custom clear aligners will be manufactured to fit your teeth precisely for each stage of the Invisalign treatment process.
How does the Invisalign process work?
Invisalign's clear plastic aligners move your teeth by vey gradually as your treatment progresses. You will wear each aligner for about two weeks before it is replaced by the next one in the series.
This process will continue until your teeth are in their new, healthy 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.
There are many factors which can impact the duration of your treatment. These include the misalignment of your teeth or jaw, the shape of your bite, and the amount of movement required during the treatment.
What are Invisalign aligners made of?
The Invisalign aligners are made with USP Class VI medical-grade, high molecular weight, polyurethane resins. They are BPA free.
How often do I have to visit the dentist?
Invisalign clear aligners don't require tightening: you can just switch from one to the next in the series every 2 weeks. Because of this your dentist will only need to schedule short appointments with you 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:
- Do not require adjustment appointments
- Removable for eating, brushing and flossing
- A more discreet solution than traditional braces
- Smooth construction for enhanced comfort
How much does Invisalign cost?
The cost of treatment will depend on the duration of your treatment and the seriousness of your case. 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 find that Invisalign fits very comfortably into your day-to-day life.
You can take your aligners out whenever necessary, whether that be to drink, eat, or brush and floss your teeth. That means absolutely no dietary restrictions, and brushing and flossing is just as easy as ever.
Are there any food or drink restrictions?
Invisalign aligners are removable, meaning you can take them out to eat. As a result, there are no dietary restrictions when it comes to Invisalign, so you can continue to eat all the foods you love!
You shouldn't keep them in while drinking beverages like coffee, wine, or dark sodas since your clear aligners can get stained by those colourful liquids.
How many sets of aligners will I need?
The answer to this question will depend on the severity of your misalignment.
Only your dentist can give you an accurate estimate of how long your treatment will take, based on a careful evaluation of your bite during an initial consultation.
Can adults use Invisalign?
Yes! Anyone who has healthy teeth and gums is a potential candidate for Invisalign.
More adults than ever are deciding to undergo orthodontic treatment. And this in large part because of discreet options like Invisalign.
Can teenagers use Invisalign?
Yes! Teens can certainly be candidates for Invisalign. In fact, Invisalign has created a line of aligners to meet 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 with warm water every time to remove them to wash away saliva and plaque which can result in dental decay and bad breath.
You can also soak your aligners using denture cleaner, Retainer Brite, and/or the official Invisalign cleaning crystals.
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.
If you want, you can clean you aligners with 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.
It is important to remember, however, that Invisalign clear aligners must be kept in for at least 22 hours of the day.
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! Simply remove your aligners to practice playing your instrument, and pop them back in when you're done.
How do I store my aligners?
You will receive a case along with your aligners, and this is where you should store them whenever you remove them. This is the best way to keep them safe.
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