• What are the primary benefits of Invisalign?

    Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible. No one may even notice that you're wearing them, making Invisalign a seamless fit with your lifestyle. Invisalign aligner trays are removable. For the best results and a timely outcome, aligners should be worn for 22+ hours per day. However, you have the flexibility to remove your aligners to eat and drink what you want during treatment.

  • What are aligners made of, and what do they look like?

    The virtually invisible aligners, which are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for the Invisalign treatment plan, look similar to teeth-whitening trays. A series of Invisalign aligners are custom-made for you, to move your teeth in the treatment sequence we determine for you.

  • How do the aligners straighten teeth?

    Over the course of treatment, you will be supplied with a series of aligners. Each aligner will make slight adjustments to tooth position, a process that is mapped out in advance, specifically for your situation. When the aligners are placed on the teeth, they cause the teeth to gradually shift from their current position. After approximately one week, you will begin using the next set of aligners, which will continue the teeth straightening process.

  • How will Invisalign effectively move my teeth?

    Invisalign aligners move your teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force and also the timing of the force application. During each stage, only certain teeth are allowed to move. These movements are determined in the sequence we set for your unique Invisalign treatment plan.

  • How long will treatment take?

    The length of treatment depends on your case and complexity; however, the average case takes about 12 months for adults. The length of time necessary for a teen patient may vary.

  • How often must I wear my aligners?

    We find that aligners are most effective when worn 22+ hours per day and removed only for eating, brushing and flossing.

  • How often are my appointments?

    We will schedule regular appointments usually about once every 10-12 weeks. The goal of these visits is to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. 

  • Will Invisalign treatment be painful?

    Generally, Invisalign does not hurt.  Some people experience temporary discomfort for a few days at the beginning of each new stage of treatment. This is normal and is typically described as a feeling of pressure. It's also a sign that Invisalign is working, as it moves your teeth to their final destination. This discomfort typically goes away in a couple of days.

  • Can I just wear the aligners while I sleep?

    No. The aligners must be in place a minimum of 22+ hours a day for the treatment to be effective.

  • Will wearing Invisalign aligners affect my speech?

    Similar to other orthodontic treatments, Invisalign aligners may temporarily affect the speech of some people, and you may have a slight lisp for a day or two. However, as your tongue gets used to having aligners in your mouth, any lisp caused by the aligners should disappear.

  • Are there restrictions as to what I can eat while in treatment?

    No. Thanks to the removable nature of the aligners, you can eat and drink whatever you want while in treatment. In fact, you're required to remove your aligners to eat and drink. So, unlike when undergoing traditional treatment using wires and brackets, there is no need to restrict your consumption of any of your favorite foods and snacks unless you are instructed otherwise by your doctor. Also, it is important that you brush your teeth after each meal and prior to reinserting your aligners to maintain fresh breath and proper hygiene.

  • Will smoking stain the aligners?

    We discourage smoking while wearing aligners because it is possible for the aligners to become discolored.

  • Can I drink alcohol when wearing my aligners?

    A moderate amount is fine to consume as long as you brush your teeth. Because of the high sugar content in alcohol, you want to make sure sugar is not trapped between your teeth and aligner. The same applies for any sugary beverage.

  • Can I chew gum while wearing aligners?

    No, gum will stick to the aligners. We recommend removing your aligners for all meals and snacks.

  • How often must I wear my aligners?

    Aligners are most effective when worn 22+ hours per day and removed only for eating, brushing and flossing.

  • Can the aligners slip off while I'm asleep?

    It is very unlikely that your aligners would ever fall out, no matter what you were doing at the time: sleeping, talking, laughing, etc. The aligners are designed to fit firmly on the teeth, so this should not be a cause for concern.

  • Do Invisalign aligners contain Bisphenol-A (BPA)?

    No. Invisalign aligners do not contain Bisphenol-A or phthalate plasticizers. These aligners and retainers are made with USP Class VI medical-grade, high molecular weight, polyurethane resins. Tests have been conducted to determine the biocompatibility of these materials, and show that they are biocompatible and pass all applicable regulatory requirements and thresholds for human wear in the mouth. Of course, as with any medical device, you should consult with your health professional about your aligner or retainer treatment and any applicable risks of use.

  • What's the best way to clean my aligners?

    The best way to clean your aligners is to use the Invisalign Cleaning system, available for order at www.invisalignstore.com. As a secondary method, however, your aligners can also be cleaned by brushing them and rinsing them in lukewarm water.

  • Will I need to wear a retainer after treatment to prevent my teeth from moving again?

    We recommend that anyone who has completed orthodontic treatment, whether braces or Invisalign treatment, use a retainer to prevent teeth from gradually shifting back towards their initial position. Because every case is different, please speak to us if you need post-treatment retainers, and if they are needed for both upper and lower teeth.

  • Since having my braces removed, my teeth have shifted. Can Invisalign fix this?

    A number of Invisalign patients have undergone a previous treatment involving braces at some point in their past, often during their youth. Adults can usually have the shifting that occurs after braces corrected, without having to go through the trauma and social awkwardness of wearing metal braces.

  • I currently have veneers. Will Invisalign aligners work with them?

    Invisalign is a great option for tooth movement even if a patient has large fillings, crowns or veneers.

  • I currently have bridgework on several teeth. Will Invisalign still work?

    Because bridgework involves the connection of a tooth to surrounding teeth, proper tooth movement must be programmed for best results to be achieved.   After a thorough exam and consultation we will be better able to give you treatment options. 

  • How much will Invisalign cost? Are financing options available? How does my insurance work?

    We offer free consultations including photos and x-rays so that we can give you an estimated treatment time, treatment type and monthly installment plan. We understand the demands on working families and we refuse to let finances get in the way of treatment.  During your free consultation and exam, we will review all of your treatment and financial options.  We have very flexible installment plans with 0% interest and no credit checks.  We will help you maximize your orthodontic insurance benefits and are happy to assist in filing claims.

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