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how long will invisalign treatment take?
depending on the complexity of your case, you could complete your treatment in as little as 6 months.2 but you’ll start seeing results in a matter of weeks.
HOW DOES INVISALIGN WORK?
Each aligner is designed to move your teeth by a small amount. Aligners are changed approximately 7-10 days intervals. Each succeeding aligner progressively moves your teeth towards the planned final position.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF INVISALIGN OVER TRADITIONAL BRACES?
Invisalign braces are a clear alternative to traditional braces. Here’s why –
APPEARANCE Invisalign straightens teeth without the requirement of wires and brackets. It uses a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners. When you have a special occasion coming up, you can just remove your aligners and put them back when you’re ready. Even otherwise, they look virtually invisible and saves the embarrassment of metal braces.
DURATION OF TREATMENT Although treatment time varies depending on the severity of misaligned teeth, with Invisalign you’re on your way to the smile you want faster! Also, you require fewer doctor visits and are, therefore, ideal for your busy schedule! Invisalign treatment time is considered to vary between 6 to 18 months.
COMFORT Invisalign can be easily removed when necessary. You can remove them for eating, drinking and regular oral hygiene. Also, unlike braces, you may eat and drink whatever you desire, provided you just remove your aligners and brush your teeth after eating.
SAFETY Clear aligners are smooth and comfortable, unlike the traditional braces that have protruding and sharp edges causing irritation inside the mouth and gums. With Invisalign, you don’t have to worry about injuries from broken wires and brackets.
RESULTS With no surprises, you always know what results to expect with Invisalign. This is possible as there is a complete treatment plan which is fully computerized claiming to achieve 75% more predictable tooth movement. This facilitates you to know all details such as what to expect, how long would you require wearing the aligners, etc.
IS INVISALIGN SUITABLE FOR ALL CASES?
Invisalign works for many, but not all cases. Our Specialist Orthodontist will examine and assess if you are a suitable candidate for Invisalign.
GAPPED TEETH – Gaps between teeth
OVERBITE – Excessive overlap of upper teeth over the lower teeth
UNDERBITE – Excessive overlap of lower teeth over the upper teeth
OPEN BITE – Gaps between upper and lower teeth
OVERLY CROWDED – Lack of space within your jaw to position teeth normally
CROSS BITE – Top front teeth fall behind your lower front teeth when you bite down
HOW LONG SHOULD I WEAR MY ALIGNERS?
It is important that you wear your aligner every day for 22 hours so that the next set of fit accurately. If the aligners don’t fit well then your teeth will also not move to the desired position to the full extent.
You may remove them for the below:
• Eating and drinking: As the aligner will act as a barrier between your teeth and food, it is most convenient to remove the aligners and enjoy the food you love. Also, you can drink liquids with aligners on provided you are cautious about staining the aligners with certain beverages such as sodas, coffee or tea
• Oral Hygiene: One of the biggest advantages of Invisalign is that it enables you to take care of your oral hygiene by following a daily regimen of brushing and flossing
ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS TO WHAT I CAN EAT?
With the removable nature of aligners, you can eat and drink whatever you desire while undergoing your treatment. It is extremely important to maintain your oral hygiene ,and it is advisable to brush your teeth and floss after your meals before you reinsert the aligners.
WILL WEARING THE INVISALIGN ALIGNERS AFFECT MY SPEECH?
Changes in speech patterns with Invisalign are minor, temporary or never occur at all. In certain cases, there will be a slight change of speech for a day or two. As your tongue adapts to the aligners, any minor speech impairment will disappear.
When you wear Invisalign for the first time, you might notice a certain lisp. However, this lisp is only noticeable to you and might be only heard when you speak “s” or “sh” sounds.
Even if Invisalign causes speech impairment for a while, it is best recommended to practice pronouncing words with the aligners on. Readout loud to yourself or have extended conversation with your friends or family.
As your tongue will adapt to these aligners, this lisp will disappear on its own.
IS THERE ANY PAIN WITH INVISALIGN TREATMENT?
Invisalign uses very light forces and generally does not cause any severe pain. There might be some pressure and minor discomfort for a day or two after changing an aligner.
HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF MY INVISALIGN ALIGNERS?
Although Invisalign allows for aligners to be removed for eating and drinking, failing to clean your trays properly afterward can result in discoloration and a buildup of bacteria.
• Rinse your aligners when you remove them. Dry saliva and plaque create a perfect breeding ground for foul-smelling bacteria
• Soak your aligners. Denture cleaner, Retainer Brite, and the official Invisalign cleaning crystals are all excellent options for keeping your trays clear and sanitized
• Brush and floss your teeth before reinserting your aligners. Proper oral hygiene is key to maintaining healthy teeth and avoiding cavities and decay. Since Invisalign is form-fitted, failing to brush and floss properly can trap harmful particles between your teeth and aligner, which increases your risk for dental issues in the future
• Clean your aligners with a clear anti-bacterial soft soap. A 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. Vigorous brushing can scratch your aligners and leave visible etchings
• Eat or drink (anything but water) while wearing Invisalign. Many foods and drinks can stain or discolor your aligners and cause them to stink
• Use toothpaste to clean your aligners. Many types of toothpaste (especially those with whitening agents) are abrasive and can dull your aligners or create small traps for bacteria to dwell
• Use colored soaps. Although anti-bacterial soap is a great way to clean your Invisalign braces, using anything but clear soap can cause your aligners to take on alternative hues and shades
• Leave your aligners exposed or unprotected while eating. Aside from an increased risk of misplacing them, leaving your aligners in the open exposes them to harmful germs and bacteria. Rinse them, soak them, and then rinse them again before returning them to your mouth
HOW LONG IS THE TREATMENT WITH INVISALIGN?
Every patient is different, so without comprehensive oral examination by our orthodontist, it’s impossible to tell how long treatment will take. However, Invisalign usually takes a little less time than conventional orthodontics. The length of treatment depends on the severity of your case and can only be determined by your dentist; however, the average case takes about 12 months for adults.
HOW OFTEN DO I HAVE TO VISIT THE DENTIST DURING MY TREATMENT?
Your doctor will schedule regular appointments, usually about once every four to six weeks. The goal of these visits is to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.
WILL SMOKING STAIN THE ALIGNERS?
We discourage smoking while wearing aligners because it is possible for the aligners to become discolored.
CAN I DRINK ALCOHOL WITH THE ALIGNERS IN?
Because of the high sugar content in alcohol, a moderate amount would be fine to consume, if care is taken to clean the teeth and the aligners soon after so as not to trap sugar between them. The same applies to any sugary beverage.
CAN I CHEW GUM WHILE WEARING ALIGNERS?
No, the gum will stick to the aligners. We recommend removing your aligners for all meals and snacks.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER MY TREATMENT IS COMPLETE?
Like regular braces, retainers are required for all patients on completion of the Invisalign® treatment. The orthodontist will make one final scan of your teeth in the same process used for the Invisalign trays. Once that scan is complete, we give our patients Vivera retainers from Invisalign that are very durable and accurate. In some cases, we also recommend a bonded wire retainer behind the front teeth.
Several patients make the wrongful assumption that their final Invisalign tray can serve as a retainer in order to save time, money or physical appearances. This cannot work since the trays are not made for long term wear and can become weak over time. Since the trays for Invisalign are only made for month-long periods, they can get dirty and discolor very quickly. They are not designed to be cleaned the same way retainers are and will, therefore, get less and less appealing the longer they are worn.