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Invisalign FAQs

Read these FAQs to uncover everything you need to know about Invisalign clear aligners, from treatment details to care tips.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a modern orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear, custom-made aligners to straighten teeth over time. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible and can be removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. The aligners are made from smooth, BPA-free plastic and are designed to fit comfortably over your teeth. Each set of aligners is worn for about one to two weeks, gradually shifting your teeth into the desired positions.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign works by using a series of custom-made aligners to apply gentle, controlled forces to your teeth. These aligners are designed using 3D imaging technology to map out the movement of your teeth throughout the treatment process. Each set of aligners shifts your teeth slightly, making small adjustments until your teeth reach their optimal positions. As you progress through the series of aligners, your teeth will gradually straighten, resulting in a beautiful, well-aligned smile.

Is Invisalign noticeable?

One of the biggest advantages of Invisalign is its discreet appearance. The aligners are made from clear, transparent plastic that is almost invisible when worn. This makes them a popular choice for people who want to straighten their teeth without drawing attention to their orthodontic treatment. Most people won’t even notice that you’re wearing the aligners, allowing you to maintain confidence and a professional appearance throughout your treatment.

How long does Invisalign treatment take?

The duration of Invisalign treatment varies depending on the complexity of your case and your specific orthodontic needs. On average, treatment can take anywhere from 6 to 18 months, but some cases may require more or less time. Our orthodontist will provide you with an estimated treatment timeline during your initial consultation. It’s important to follow your treatment plan closely and wear your aligners as instructed to achieve the best results within the expected time frame.

How often do I need to wear my aligners?

For optimal results, you should wear your Invisalign aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day. This allows for consistent, gradual movement of your teeth according to your treatment plan. You’ll need to remove the aligners for eating, drinking (except water), brushing, and flossing. Consistency is key to achieving the desired outcome, so it’s important to follow our orthodontist’s instructions and wear your aligners as directed.

How often should I change my aligners?

You’ll typically switch to a new set of aligners every one to two weeks, depending on your treatment plan and our orthodontist’s recommendations. Each new set of aligners is designed to continue shifting your teeth gradually, moving them closer to their final positions. Changing your aligners as scheduled helps ensure that your treatment progresses as planned and allows our orthodontist to monitor your progress during regular check-up appointments.

Can I eat and drink with my aligners in?

You should remove your Invisalign aligners whenever you eat or drink anything other than water. Eating or drinking with the aligners in place can cause staining, damage, or warping of the aligners, which could affect your treatment’s effectiveness. Additionally, food and drink particles can become trapped between the aligners and your teeth, leading to an increased risk of tooth decay and gum problems. Always rinse your aligners and brush your teeth before reinserting them after meals.

How do I clean my Invisalign aligners?

To keep your Invisalign aligners clean and in good condition, rinse them with lukewarm water each time you remove them. Avoid using hot water, as it can distort the plastic. Gently brush your aligners with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a mild, non-abrasive soap or toothpaste. Avoid using coloured or scented products, as they can stain the aligners. Additionally, you can use Invisalign cleaning crystals or a denture cleaner to soak your aligners periodically for a thorough clean.

Can I smoke with my aligners on?

It is not recommended to smoke with your Invisalign aligners in place. Smoking can cause your aligners to become discoloured and may leave an unpleasant odour. Additionally, smoking while wearing aligners can increase the risk of gum disease and other oral health problems. If you smoke, remove your aligners beforehand and be sure to brush your teeth before reinserting them. Keep in mind that removing your aligners for smoking may reduce the total wear time and impact your treatment’s effectiveness.

Is Invisalign painful?

Invisalign treatment is generally less painful than traditional braces, as the aligners use gentle forces to move your teeth gradually. However, you may experience some discomfort or mild soreness when you start wearing a new set of aligners, as your teeth adjust to the changes. This discomfort usually subsides after a few days and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers if needed. Most patients find the aligners comfortable to wear and appreciate the smooth, irritation-free design.

How often do I need to visit my orthodontist during treatment?

During your Invisalign treatment, you’ll typically visit our orthodontist every 6 to 8 weeks. These regular check-ups allow the orthodontist to monitor your progress, ensure your teeth are moving as planned, and make any necessary adjustments. The orthodontist will also provide you with new sets of aligners as you advance through your treatment. These appointments are crucial for ensuring your treatment stays on track and achieving the best possible results.

What should I do if I lose an aligner?

If you lose an aligner, contact our orthodontist as soon as possible for guidance. Depending on your situation, the orthodontist may recommend temporarily wearing a previous set of aligners until a replacement can be made. Alternatively, you may be advised to move on to the next set of aligners. The orthodontist will provide specific instructions based on your treatment plan. It’s important to address a lost aligner promptly to avoid disrupting your progress.

Is Invisalign suitable for teens?

Invisalign is a great option for many teens who want a discreet way to straighten their teeth. Invisalign Teen, a version specifically designed for younger patients, includes features like compliance indicators to help ensure aligners are worn as prescribed. This treatment option is effective for addressing common orthodontic issues while allowing teens to maintain their self-confidence and active lifestyles. Our orthodontist can assess your teen’s specific needs to determine if Invisalign is the right choice.

Can I play sports with Invisalign?

Yes, you can play sports while wearing Invisalign aligners. The aligners are made from smooth, comfortable plastic that won’t interfere with most athletic activities. However, for high-contact sports, you may want to consider wearing a sports mouthguard to protect both your teeth and the aligners from damage. Consult our orthodontist for personalised recommendations on participating in sports during your Invisalign treatment.

What happens if I forget to wear my aligners?

If you forget to wear your Invisalign aligners as prescribed, your treatment may be delayed, and your teeth may not shift as planned. Inconsistent wear can also cause your aligners to fit improperly, potentially leading to discomfort and reduced effectiveness. If you forget to wear your aligners for an extended period, consult our orthodontist for advice on how to proceed and stay on track with your treatment plan.

What happens if I forget to change my aligners?

Forgetting to change your Invisalign aligners according to the prescribed schedule can slow down your treatment progress. If you don’t change to a new set of aligners as planned, your teeth may not move as expected, potentially affecting the overall treatment outcome. If you realise you’ve missed changing aligners, switch to the next set as soon as possible and consult our orthodontist for any additional guidance.

How do I know if Invisalign is working?

You can typically tell if Invisalign is working by observing the gradual changes in your teeth alignment and spacing over time. Our orthodontist will monitor your progress during regular check-up appointments and adjust your treatment plan as needed. If your aligners fit well and you notice your teeth moving closer to their desired positions, that’s a good sign that Invisalign is working as intended.

What happens after Invisalign treatment ends?

After your Invisalign treatment ends, our orthodontist may recommend a retention phase to maintain the results and prevent your teeth from shifting back. Typically, this involves wearing a retainer, which may be a removable appliance or a fixed wire behind your teeth. The orthodontist will provide specific instructions on how long to wear the retainer and how to care for it. Following the retention phase instructions is essential to ensure your teeth stay in their new positions.

What is the difference between Invisalign and traditional braces?

The primary difference between Invisalign and traditional braces lies in the design and appearance. Invisalign uses clear, removable aligners that are virtually invisible, while traditional braces use metal or ceramic brackets and wires that are attached to your teeth. Invisalign aligners are more comfortable and convenient for activities such as eating, drinking, and oral hygiene because they can be removed. Traditional braces may work better for complex cases and are typically less expensive than Invisalign.

What is the cost of Invisalign treatment?

The cost of Invisalign treatment varies depending on the complexity of your case, the length of treatment, and other factors. On average, Invisalign treatment at Moray Orthodontics starts from £2,300. It’s best to consult with our orthodontist for a personalised estimate. We offer financing options to make Invisalign more affordable.

Can I eat candy with Invisalign?

You should remove your Invisalign aligners before eating candy or any other food. Eating with the aligners in place can cause damage or warping, affecting your treatment progress. Additionally, sticky or sugary candy can adhere to your teeth and aligners, increasing the risk of tooth decay. After eating candy, rinse your mouth and clean your aligners before reinserting them. Maintaining good oral hygiene habits during your treatment is essential for optimal

Can I take out my aligners whenever I want?

While you can remove your Invisalign aligners whenever you need to, it’s essential to wear them as prescribed to achieve the desired results. Aligners should be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day, allowing for removal only during meals, drinks (other than water), and oral hygiene. Taking out your aligners too frequently or for extended periods can delay your treatment progress and affect the overall effectiveness of the treatment.

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What Our Patients Are Saying

Norman Browne
Norman Browne
2021-01-06
First class treatment
Jacob James Sutherland
Jacob James Sutherland
2017-10-23
About a year into my treatment, very pleased with everything. Very polite and helpful staff. looking forward to seeing my teeth when my braces come off.

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