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Invisalign FAQ

Invisalign FAQ2018-03-16T17:17:21+00:00
What if I lose or break an aligner. What should I do?2018-02-26T20:26:32+00:00

If you lose or break an Invisalign aligner, immediately let us know. We will work with you to ensure you stay on-track with your treatment plan, which may involve wearing a previous set of aligners, your next set of aligners, or ordering replacements aligners.

I dropped my aligners in an unsanitary place. Do I need to sterilize them after I clean them?2018-02-26T20:24:15+00:00

Yes. It is very important to always ensure your aligners are clean and hygienic before placing them in your mouth. Please do not use hot water at any time on your aligners — it could permanently warp the plastic.

If I have food residue (like blueberries or pasta sauce) in my mouth when I put my aligners back in, can they become stained?2018-02-26T20:22:09+00:00

Yes. That’s why it’s important to brush after every meal, before placing your Invisalign aligners back in your mouth.

What’s the best way to clean my aligners?2018-02-26T20:21:24+00:00

The best way to clean your aligners is to use the Invisalign Cleaning System, available from Shiney Smiles Ortho. You can also brush them with a toothbrush and toothpaste and rinse them in lukewarm water. Never use hot water on your aligners — it could permanently warp the plastic.

Is Invisalign treatment painful?2018-02-26T19:52:59+00:00

Invisalign treatment moves your teeth by applying gentle, constant force, but some people do feel temporary discomfort for the first few days of wearing a new set of aligners. Typically, people describe it as feeling “pressure” and it’s normal — it’s a sign your Invisalign clear aligners are working and transforming your smile.

Please see Dr Sheinis, if you have any concerns or experience continued discomfort.

Are there any restrictions on what I can eat while in treatment?2018-02-26T19:51:07+00:00

None! Invisalign clear aligners are removable, so there are no food restrictions at all (hello popcorn!). With traditional wires and brackets, there’s a long list of foods you unfortunately can’t enjoy because they can damage or get stuck in your braces.

Can I take my aligners off whenever I need to?2018-02-26T19:50:15+00:00

Yes, you can remove your Invisalign aligners for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. You can take them off for special occasions, like a wedding, job interview, or for playing your favorite sport or instrument. Just remember to wear them 20 to 22 hours a day to get the best results.

Can anyone tell that I’m wearing the aligners?2018-02-26T19:49:12+00:00

Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible. Others may not even notice you’re wearing them, making Invisalign treatment a seamless fit with your lifestyle.

Can I get Invisalign treatment on just my top or bottom teeth instead of both?2018-02-26T17:26:39+00:00

Invisalign treatment options are available for just top or bottom teeth, but consult with Dr Sheinis for your individual needs.

How often will I have appointments with my doctor?2018-02-26T17:20:57+00:00

We will schedule regular appointments, usually about once every four to six weeks. The goal of these visits is to ensure your Invisalign treatment is progressing as planned.

How many hours per day should I wear my aligners?2018-02-26T17:19:45+00:00

For the best results, wear your Invisalign clear aligners 20 to 22 hours a day, taking them out just for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing.

How often will I change aligners?2018-02-26T17:18:52+00:00

Dr Sheinis will tell you how often you should change to new aligners (this can vary based on your individual treatment plan). We recommend changing Invisalign clear aligners weekly or every other week.

How long will treatment take?2018-02-26T17:17:23+00:00

The length of treatment depends on multiple factors, like how complex your case is and how often you wear your aligners. Your doctor will determine exactly how long your treatment will take based on your specific needs. On average, Invisalign treatment time is 12 to 18 months, though you can start seeing results in a matter of weeks.

How do I get started with Invisalign treatment?2018-02-26T17:07:51+00:00

Our Smile Concierge Team can help you make an appointment with an Invisalign-trained doctor near you and answer any questions you have. You can also find an Invisalign-trained doctor near you using our online locator.

Many doctors offer free initial consultations. For the best experience, take the time to find the right doctor for you — someone who makes you feel comfortable and has the experience you’re looking for.

What is the treatment process?2018-02-26T17:06:55+00:00

Invisalign treatment starts with a consultation with an Invisalign-trained doctor. Your doctor will evaluate your smile and then map out a precise, customized digital treatment plan that showcases the step-by-step transformation of your smile.

Once you approve your plan, your unique aligners will be created. You will wear each set of aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day, changing to a new set of aligners every 1 to 2 weeks, as directed by your doctor. Each set of aligners will gently and gradually shift your teeth into place, according to your treatment plan, until you reach your beautiful new smile.

Is Invisalign treatment right for me?2018-02-26T17:05:50+00:00

Yes! Invisalign treatment can be a great solution for both adults and teens looking for a virtually invisible method to improve their smile. Our innovations and technological advancements make it possible to fix nearly all common teeth-straightening and bite issues, from simple to complex — all without interrupting your busy life. And, thanks to a discreet blue dot on the outside of teen aligners, parents can be sure their child is wearing their clear aligners enough.

Am I guaranteed to have straight teeth with Invisalign treatment?2018-02-26T17:04:27+00:00

Every smile is unique, which is why your Invisalign treatment starts with a consultation. During your consultation, your doctor will help you determine what Invisalign treatment can do for your smile. We cannot guarantee a particular treatment outcome, but encourage you to share your treatment goals with your doctor at your consultation.

What are the primary benefits of Invisalign treatment?2018-02-26T17:03:46+00:00

Invisalign clear aligners are virtually invisible — people may not even notice you’re wearing them. You can remove them to eat and drink, to brush and floss, or for special occasions. There are no metal brackets or wires that could irritate your mouth or break, sending you to your doctor for an emergency visit.

Unlike other brands, Invisalign clear aligners are made from patented SmartTrack material, which is more comfortable and provides a better fit.1 Invisalign aligners are also trimmed based on your gum line for comfort and appearance. As the most advanced clear aligner system in the world, we have successfully improved over 5 million smiles, including 1 million teen smiles.

How will Invisalign treatment straighten my teeth?2018-02-26T17:00:38+00:00

Your doctor will create a unique, digital treatment plan that maps out the exact movements of your teeth. Your Invisalign clear aligners are then designed to apply the right amount of force to the right place at the right time based on your plan. Your doctor will be with you every step of the way to monitor your progress and ensure your aligners fit correctly.

What are Invisalign clear aligners made of and what do they look like?2018-02-26T17:00:38+00:00

Invisalign clear aligners are made of flexible plastic — specifically, a patented thermoplastic material called SmartTrack®created exclusively for Invisalign treatment.

Invisalign clear aligners are FDA-approved and contain no BPA, BPS, latex, or gluten. They are thin, clear, and fit snugly over your teeth, making them virtually invisible.

What is Invisalign treatment?2018-02-26T17:00:38+00:00

Invisalign treatment is the process of wearing a series of clear, removable aligners that gradually straighten your teeth. No brackets and wires, and none of the restrictions that come with metal braces.

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