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Invisalign is an orthodontic solution for patients with dental crowding or other alignment problems who prefer a different approach to the traditional brackets and wires.
Average treatment time ranges from nine to 18 months, but the length of your treatment will depend on the severity of the alignment problems being corrected, as well as the diligence of the patient in wearing their aligners as directed. Make sure you’re wearing yours!
For the first few days of each stage of your Invisalign treatment, you may feel minor discomfort as your teeth get used to the added pressure. This is perfectly normal and a sign that the aligners are doing their job.
Most Invisalign patients experience very little difficulty with speaking clearly while wearing their aligners, but there will likely be an adjustment period as you get used to having them in your mouth.
To clean your aligners, brush and rinse them in lukewarm water and use Invisalign Cleaning Crystals or special cleaning tablets. Make sure you’re also brushing and flossing after each meal before you re-insert your aligners.
Invisalign is an excellent choice for your orthodontic treatment. It is a trusted brand in invisible aligners, and you’ll love the freedom of being able to take your aligners out to eat and brush your teeth. You can even view your virtual treatment plan before beginning and get a preview of what your smile will look like at the end!
Invisalign aligners are specially designed to fit your teeth. While they do exert pressure to move your teeth into their ideal positions, they are comfortable to wear and are easy to remove and put in.
You should wear your aligners at all times during your treatment, except during meals and snacks and while brushing and flossing your teeth. Wearing them less often will delay your results.
One of the best advantages of Invisalign over traditional wire braces is that there is no banned foods list! As long as you are brushing and flossing before putting your aligners back in, you can enjoy all your favorite foods without compromising your orthodontic treatment!
Gum can stick to your aligners, so it’s not a good idea to chew it while they’re in. Take your aligners out for all meals and snacks.
We discourage smoking during Invisalign treatment, as it can stain and discolor the aligners, as well as putting you at risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Retainers are crucial at the end of any orthodontic treatment, whether you’re using Invisalign or traditional wire braces, because it takes time for teeth to get used to their new positions. Make sure to wear your retainers as directed by our doctors.
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