7 Commonly Asked Questions about Invisalign
What is Invisalign?
FDA approved Invisalign is the “invisible” way to straighten your teeth without wearing conventional metal braces. Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable custom-made aligners to move your teeth. Because you remove your aligners before you eat and drink, there are no food restrictions or problems with flossing or brushing. This technology is also more comfortable, avoiding the mouth abrasions that can be caused by the metal and wires of conventional braces. And this technology is also more convenient, since you are likely to spend less time in the doctor’s office getting adjustments
How Does It Work?
Invisalign uses 3-D computer imaging technology to design the complete treatment plan, from the initial teeth positioning to the desired final positioning. This 3-D imaging allows you to preview the final positioning of your teeth before you start treatment. Custom-made aligners are created based on the imaging information. Each of these aligners moves teeth incrementally and is worn for about 2 weeks. Typically, you will visit your dentist once every 6 weeks for “progress reports.” Not every situation can be treated with Invisalign, so call the office to get an evaluation to see if you can be helped with this new technology.
I Have Just Started Treatment, What Can I Expect?
When you first start wearing each tray you may experience some mild soreness from the pressure the trays are applying to the teeth. Typically this only lasts for the first 24 to 48 hours and if need be you may take an over the counter pain medication, such as Ibuprofen.
At the beginning of treatment the trays can also feel irritating to your lips and tongue. Try using a little orthodontic wax to cover any sharp areas or if need be return to the office to have the tray smoothed. After the first tray this is not a problem once you are accustomed to the trays.
How Do I Clean the Aligners?
Brush the aligners with your toothbrush and toothpaste or with a mild soap and then thorough rinse. Specialized cleaners can be found from Invisalign (www.invisalighnstore.com) or at your local drugstore.
Are There Any Restrictions to What I can Eat While in Treatment?
No, you can eat and drink whatever you would like while the trays are removed.
How Long Do I Need to Wear Them?
At least 21 hours per day, they only work if you wear them. Take them out to eat, brush, and floss.
What Happens When My Treatment is Complete?
When your Invisalighn is complete it will be necessary to have retainers made. Without retention, the teeth are subject to move.
If you have further questions please call Denise Dental of Annapolis, MD for more information or to schedule an appointment to discuss Invisalign.