6 Common Questions About Invisalign®
If you’ve looked into Invisalign, you probably have some questions about what the treatment process entails. If so, you’re not alone! Below, we’ve answered six of the most common questions we receive about Invisalign treatment.
1. What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an innovative orthodontic treatment that uses clear plastic aligners (sometimes referred to as “retainers” or “trays”) to gradually shift teeth into place. A dentist takes an impression of the patient’s teeth and sends it to Invisalign so that they can fabricate a series of custom-fitted aligners. The patient wears each aligner for about two weeks before moving on to the next one in the series.
2. What Are the Benefits of Using Invisalign?
When compared to traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are generally more discreet, comfortable, and convenient.
3. What Can Invisalign Be Used to Treat?
Invisalign can often be used to treat many common orthodontic issues, including:
- Crowded teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Open bites
4. How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Take?
Many people begin seeing an improvement in their smile in about six weeks, while some notice a change in as little as two weeks. The total length of treatment will vary from one person to another depending on the condition of their teeth and how well they keep up with wearing their aligners. Your dentist can provide you with a realistic timeline that’s tailored to your specific circumstances.
5. How Often Do Invisalign Aligners Need to Be Worn?
Invisalign aligners should typically be worn 20 to 22 hours each day. You should remove them when you’re:
- Brushing your teeth
- Playing a musical instrument
- Playing a sport
While the aligners are out of your mouth, you can store them in an Invisalign case or a glass of water. Make sure you brush your teeth and floss before reinserting your aligners.
6. How Should Invisalign Aligners Be Cleaned?
You can purchase a cleaning system from Invisalign that comes with crystals and a tub. After rinsing your aligners under tap water, place them in the tub, fill the tub with warm water, add a packet of crystals, and gently shake the tub until the crystals dissolve. After 15 minutes have passed, gently shake the tub for another 20 seconds, rinse the aligners and the tub, and then dry the aligners before placing them back in your mouth.
Alternatively, you can clean your aligners using lukewarm water, a soft toothbrush, and mild, nonabrasive toothpaste. No matter which method you use, it’s important to clean your aligners each night to keep them clear and free of odors and germs.
Still Have Questions About Invisalign?
If you’re curious about Invisalign, reach out to the knowledgeable team at Burns Dentistry. We offer Invisalign treatment for patients in Sun City, Sun City West, Litchfield Park, and the surrounding area, and we can answer your questions and tell you more about what the treatment process involves. We’ll also be happy to schedule a free initial consultation so that we can learn more about your treatment goals and determine whether you’re a candidate for Invisalign. Contact us today to get started.