These FAQs answer some of our most frequently asked questions about Invisalign clear aligners.
Read the answers to our most frequently asked questions.
- What are Invisalign clear aligners?
The Invisalign clear aligner system is a series of clear aligners that are custom fitted just for you to 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.
Your custom Invisalign aligners will be created to fit your teeth precisely during each stage of the treatment process.
- How does the Invisalign process work?
Invisalign aligners move your teeth by tiny increments until they reach their new, straightened positions. You will wear each aligner for about two weeks before replacing it with the next one in the series.
- How long does Invisalign treatment take?
Your dentist will provide you with an estimate of the duration of your Invisalign treatment at its outset, based on your specific case.
Factors that may impact the duration of your treatment include the specific misalignment of your teeth or jaw, the shape of your bite, and the amount of movement required to correct the problem.
- 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?
Since Invisalign aligners require no adjustments or tightening – you just switch to a new set of aligners every other week – your dentist will schedule brief appointments with you every 4 - 6 weeks to assess your progress.
During these appointments, your dentist will also take the opportunity to make adjustments to your treatment as required.
- What are the primary features of Invisalign?
Invisalign aligners are:
- A more discreet solution than traditional braces
- Smooth construction for enhanced comfort
- Do not require adjustment appointments
- Removable for eating, brushing and flossing
- How much does Invisalign cost?
The cost of your Invisalign treatment will depend on its duration. For instance, the more severe the malocclusion, the more aligners you'll need, the longer treatment will take and the more it will cost.
The cost of Invisalign is usually comparable to that of traditional orthodontic treatment (braces).
- How will Invisalign fit my lifestyle?
We think you'll find that Invisalign fits very comfortably into your life.
Since the aligners are removable, you can take them out to eat, or to brush and floss your teeth. That means absolutely no dietary restrictions, and you can brush and floss your teeth just like you always do. Just make sure to clean your aligners too, before you put them back in!
- Are there any food or drink restrictions?
Because you can take your aligners out to eat, there are no dietary restrictions when it comes to Invisalign. You can continue to eat all the foods you love!
To avoid staining your aligners, we do recommend removing them when you consume beverages such as wine, coffee, or dark soda beverages.
- How many sets of aligners will I need?
The answer to this question will depend on the severity of your misalignment.
Your dentist will provide you with an estimate of how long your treatment will take, based on a thorough evaluation of your bite during your initial consultation.
- Can adults use Invisalign?
Yes! Anyone with healthy teeth and gums can be a candidate for Invisalign.
More adults than ever are deciding to undergo orthodontic treatment these days, in part because more discreet, convenient options like Invisalign are available.
- Can teenagers use Invisalign?
Yes! In fact, Invisalign has developed Invisalign Teen, a line of aligners to meet the unique needs of teenagers.
Invisalign Teen aligners include compliance indicators (small blue dots that fade away after the aligners have been worn for two full weeks) to help teens stay on track.
They also come with eruption tabs that allow second molars to erupt through, and prevent them from growing in crooked.
- How often do I have to change my Invisalign aligners?
Most patients switch out their aligners every other week. Your dentist will tell you exactly how when and how often you will need to do this.
- How do I clean my aligners?
Each time you take your aligners out of your mouth, rinse them to wash away dry saliva and plaque that can otherwise result in dental decay and bad breath.
Soak your aligners on a regular basis using denture cleaner, Retainer Brite, and/or the official Invisalign cleaning crystals.
Always brush and floss your teeth before you put your aligners back in your mouth. Good oral hygiene is essential to maintaining healthy teeth and avoiding cavities and decay.Poor brushing and flossing habits can trap food debris and bacteria between your teeth and the aligners, and this can increase your risk of dental problems and bad breath.
Clean your aligners daily with a clear, anti-bacterial soft soap. This type of soap is an excellent and affordable way to keep your aligners clear, fresh, and bacteria-free.
Brush your aligners gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush 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 causing damage to them.
That said, keep in mind that you must wear your Invisalign aligners for at least 22 hours a day, so plan your time carefully.
You'll also want to invest in a sports mouth guard to protect your teeth during sports. 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 during Invisalign treatment?
Yes! Just remove your aligners while you play, and pop them back in when you're done.
- How do I store my aligners?
Your Invisalign aligners will come with a case, and this is where you should put your aligners whenever you take them out to keep them safe.
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