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FAQs about invisalign
FAQs about Invisalign®
Have you heard about Invisalign treatment, but aren’t really sure how it works? You’re not alone. At Eden Orthodontics, many of our patients come to us asking for further information about Invisalign treatment. We are happy to answer any questions you have at your free Invisalign consultation, but here is some information you may find useful:
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign treatment is an innovative orthodontic treatment method which uses a series of clear plastic trays called aligners to gently move your teeth into position. These aligners are made from medical-grade plastic and are virtually invisible, which means people won’t be able to tell you’re having treatment. Invisalign clear aligners provide a wonderfully discreet alternative to braces.
How does Invisalign treatment work?
If you are recommended for Invisalign treatment, you’ll be issued with a set of clear plastic aligners that are custom made to fit over your teeth like a thin sports mouthguard. Every week (or as recommended by your Specialist Orthodontist), you’ll need to replace these aligners with a new set which will build on the work of the previous one. Over your treatment period, your Invisalign clear aligners will gradually move your teeth into their desired position.
Does Invisalign treatment hurt?
No, Invisalign treatment doesn’t hurt. In fact, it is one of the most comfortable orthodontic treatment methods available. When you replace each set of aligners with a new one, you may experience some tenderness in your teeth, but this will only last for a day or two and can be treated with over-the-counter pain relief.
Who can have Invisalign treatment?
Nearly everyone can enjoy Invisalign treatment, even teenagers and young children. Our experienced Specialist Orthodontist, Dr. Rachel Smith, is an expert when it comes to using Invisalign clear aligners to treat both simple and complex cases in patients of all ages.
How much does Invisalign treatment cost?
The cost of Invisalign treatment depends on the type of treatment needed – Invisalign Comprehensive, Invisalign Lite or Invisalign First. We’ve outlined some of these costs on our Costs and Financing page, but you’ll be given a quote for your treatment at your free consultation.
How many Invisalign patients have you treated?
We have treated hundreds of Invisalign patients, from children to teens and adults. Our Diamond Invisalign provider status is recognition of this. What’s more, over 7 million people around the world have had their teeth straightened with Invisalign clear aligners, so there are lots of beautiful smiles out there thanks to this treatment.
Do you use Dental Monitoring with Invisalign treatment?
Yes we do, and we’re really excited about the flexibility Dental Monitoring provides our Invisalign patients. Invisalign treatment is already a great fit into our patients’ lifestyles, but Dental Monitoring has now made it even easier for our patients with the significant reduction in appointments needed.
Is it true the Invisalign aligners are removable?
Yes, that’s correct! One of the things our patients love most about Invisalign clear aligners is the ability to remove them. You can take them out when playing sports, practicing musical instruments, presenting at a business meeting, or going on a first date. Best of all, you won’t need to worry about what you eat!
How long does Invisalign treatment take?
This ultimately depends on your unique situation and treatment plan. Most of our patients start seeing results after a few months, and some Invisalign treatment options can straighten your front six teeth in as little as three to six months. Following your Specialist Orthodontist’s instructions for wearing your clear aligners, and using our Dental Monitoring app to track progress, can help keep our treatment time goals on track! Come in for a free consultation to get a better idea of your unique treatment time.
Will I have to wear braces after Invisalign treatment?
Invisalign clear aligners are an alternative to metal braces. This treatment is a complete orthodontic solution in and of itself, used to fix everything from minor imperfections to serious misalignments. If you have followed your Specialist Orthodontist’s instructions and you continue to use a retainer after your treatment, you shouldn’t need to wear braces again.