Are you wondering what Invisalign treatment is really like, and what effect it will have on your day-to-day activities? Will it slur your speech? Will people even know you’re in treatment? You’re not alone in your concerns! Here are some of the most common questions we hear about Invisalign.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners to move teeth into their proper positions. The aligners are created with 3D computer imaging technology and custom-made for your smile. You will wear each set of aligners for two weeks before they’re replaced by the next in the series. To be effective, the aligners must be worn at all times except when you eat, brush, and floss.
Is Invisalign uncomfortable?
Most people experience temporary discomfort for a few days after a new aligner is placed. This feeling of pressure is normal and a sign that Invisalign is working to move your teeth to their new, straightened positions. Once your mouth has acclimated to the new aligners, you probably won’t even notice you’re wearing them! Invisalign doesn’t use metal brackets or wires like traditional braces, so you don’t need to worry about gum irritation.
Can other people tell that I’m using Invisalign?
One of the benefits of Invisalign is that the aligners are clear. You can straighten your teeth without friends, family, or your coworkers knowing!
What foods should I avoid during Invisalign treatment?
Another great advantage of Invisalign is that the aligners are removable, so you can eat whatever you want during the entire course of treatment. Simply take your aligners out before each meal, brush when you’re finished eating, then replace your aligners.
What about chewing gum?
We recommend you remove your aligners for all meals and snacks, because gum and other chewy substances can stick to them.
Can I smoke during treatment?
Smoking is a dangerous habit that has serious health repercussions. We discourage smoking at all times, but especially when you’re using Invisalign, because the aligners may become discolored.
Will my speech be affected by the aligners?
As with any orthodontic treatment, aligners may temporarily affect your speech. If this does happen, your tongue will adjust within a day or two and your speech should return to normal.
How often must I visit the office during treatment?
For most patients, visits to our office every four to six weeks are frequent enough for us to make sure your treatment is progressing properly. We will provide you with a specific schedule that supports your individual treatment plan.
If you have additional questions about treatment with Invisalign, contact our office!