A. You must wear your aligners for up to 22 hours daily. You may remove them for eating, drinking and regular oral hygiene. Reduced time spent wearing your aligners reduces the treatment effects of the aligners and/or increases your treatment duration.
A. No. Unlike braces, you may eat whatever you like as long as you remove the aligners before eating. Prior to placing the aligners back on, it is important to brush your teeth and the aligners after you eat.
A. Like any orthodontic treatment, there is a short adjustment period. The more you speak with the aligners on, the quicker you will adjust.
A. There will be some pressure and minor discomfort for a day or two after each initial insertion. This is a sign that your teeth are moving sequentially into their final position.
A. It is recommended that you remove your aligners prior to chewing gum as the gum will stick to the aligners. However, the time spent chewing gum will reduce the length of time spent wearing your aligners, reducing the treatment effects of the aligners and/or increasing your treatment duration, so gum chewing should be kept to the absolute minimum
A. We discourage smoking with aligners as the cigarette smoke will tend to discolor them.
A. Brushing them with toothpaste will keep them fresh and clean. Soaking them periodically in white table vinegar will help to eliminate stubborn accumulations and keep help to keep the aligners sparkling clean.
A. Regular office visits are every 3 to 6 weeks. This will ensure that your Invisalign treatment is progressing as planned.
A. All orthodontic patients are instructed to wear their retainers at night indefinitely. Sleeping with your retainers in at night will ensure a healthy bite and maintain the new position of your teeth.
A. Treatment time varies depending on the severity of the misaligned teeth. Treatment time can be shorter than traditional braces, between six and 18 months but this is usually due to the limitations on the types of treatments that can be performed with Invisalign.
A. Yes, but only if all of their teeth, including second molars (but excepting the wisdom teeth), have grown in completely.