Of course, we’ll cover all of the details at your consultation but for now, familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of Invisalign treatment. Here are a few of the most common questions we get.
Q: How does Invisalign work?
A: Invisalign relies on a series of custom-molded, clear, plastic aligners that exert gentle, controlled force on your teeth to shift them into place. Dr. Chan plans out your tooth movements and each set of aligners makes adjustments according to his prescription. You insert new aligners every two weeks until treatment is complete and you have a healthy, beautiful smile.
Q: How often do I need to wear my Invisalign aligners?
A: Wear your aligners for at least 22 hours a day. Take them out to eat and to brush and floss your teeth.
Q: Are there any food restrictions with Invisalign?
A: Nope! Since you remove the aligners to eat, you can enjoy any food you want.
Q: Will wearing Invisalign interfere with my speech?
A: Just as with any orthodontic treatment, it takes a few days to adjust to having something in your mouth. Most patients say they don’t notice any change in their speech while others have a little bit of lisp for the first couple of days. Your speech will go back to normal once you acclimate to your aligners.
Q: Does Invisalign hurt?
A: Your teeth will feel a little sensitive for a day or two when you put in a new set of aligners. This just means Invisalign is working and your teeth are moving into place. Discomfort is mild and goes away quickly.
Q: Can I chew gum with Invisalign?
A: Yes, but be sure to take out your aligners first. If you chew gum with your aligners in, it will stick to your aligners and be a pain to get off.
Q: Can I smoke while wearing Invisalign aligners?
A: It’s not recommended since nicotine can stain the aligners. Having yellow plastic in your mouth pretty much negates the benefit of invisible treatment.
Q: How do I clean my aligners?
A: Keeping your aligners clean is really simple. You’ll just brush them with a toothbrush and toothpaste and rinse them with lukewarm water.
Q: How often do I need to visit Dr. Chan while I’m undergoing Invisalign treatment?
A: You’ll pop in to see Dr. Chan about every six weeks or so. You don’t need adjustments while wearing Invisalign but he will have to make sure your treatment is progressing as it should.
Q: Do I need to wear a retainer after my Invisalign treatment is complete?
A: Yes. Whether you have braces or Invisalign, the only way to maintain your results is to wear a retainer. It actually won’t be much different than wearing your aligners and eventually you’ll only need to use it at night.
Q: How long does Invisalign treatment take?
A: Invisalign treatment time varies depending on how severe your case is. It could be as little as six months or similar to the treatment time associated with traditional braces. Dr. Chan will be able to give you an idea of how long it will take at your free consultation.
Q: How do I know if Invisalign will work for me?
A: The only way to determine if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign is to come in for a free consultation. Dr. Chan will examine you and let you know if it’s the right treatment to perfect your smile.
Q: How much does Invisalign cost?
A: The cost of Invisalign treatment will depend on the complexity of your case, how many aligners you’ll need to achieve the desired results and how well you stick to wearing your aligners. We do everything we can to ensure Invisalign treatment works for your budget including offering flexible payment plans. After your initial consultation, Dr. Chan will be able to give you an exact price.