Achieving a straight smile not only gives you the appearance of beautiful teeth, but it can have overall health benefits too. Crowded and crooked teeth can lead to periodontal disease, which in turn can lead to significant health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Invisalign is an extremely popular way for adults to straighten their smile without traditional metal brackets and wires. Here are the ten most common Invisalign questions we hear from adult patients during their Invisalign consultation appointments to help you make an informed decision.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign utilizes advanced 3D imaging technology to determine a complete treatment plan from the initial position of your teeth to the final desired position. Each set of clear aligners are custom-made for your teeth based on these computer images. You will wear several sets of aligners during your treatment, each for a couple of weeks. This allows for your teeth to move through a series of clear aligners gradually.
Will Treatment Be Painful?
One of the most significant benefits of Invisalign is that the clear plastic aligners have a smooth surface. The aligners will not cause any irritation to the teeth or gums that many patients who wear traditional metal braces experience. While it is expected to experience some soreness the first few days of adjusting to a new set of aligners, once your mouth adjusts and your teeth begin to shift, the discomfort reduces. Taking Ibuprofen can help alleviate any pain you may experience when switching to a new set of aligners.
How Many Hours a Day Will I Have To Wear Aligners?
For Invisalign to work the way it has been designed to, your aligners must be worn for at least 22 hours each day. In general, it is recommended that you wear your aligners as often as you can, and they should only be removed when you are eating or when you are cleaning your teeth.
How Frequent Will My Dental Appointments Be?
Depending on your treatment plan and how extensive your treatment is, you can expect to have check-up appointments about every 4-6 weeks. Your dentist will discuss how often you will need to be seen during your treatment before starting Invisalign.
Does Insurance Cover Invisalign?
If your insurance covers orthodontic treatment, then it is also likely that Invisalign will be covered under your plan as well. Premier Dental Center will work with your insurance company to determine your exact coverage, so you know what will be covered and what will be out-of-pocket cost prior to beginning treatment.
I’ve Worn Braces Before. Will Invisalign Still Work For Me?
More than 1 million adults who have worn Invisalign also had braces in their past and experienced shifting teeth afterward. Invisalign can typically correct minor alignment issues without having to wear braces for a second time.
Will Aligners Affect My Speech?
Wearing the aligner will take some getting used to and could affect your speech while you adjust to wearing it. Most people find that their speech returns to normal after a week or two of wearing them.
Will I Have To Avoid Certain Foods?
Since your aligners can be removed for eating, there are not any food restrictions that come with wearing Invisalign. Two things should be avoided while wearing your aligners: chewing gum and smoking to prevent discoloration.
How Long Will My Treatment Plan Be?
While each treatment plan is unique, for most adults, Invisalign treatment can often be finished in as little as 12 months.
Am I a Candidate For Invisalign?
Every smile is different; therefore, every Invisalign treatment plan will be different too. Invisalign can correct your smile by straightening crowded teeth that are generally out of alignment. If you have a major overbite or underbite, it is best first to be evaluated by your dentist to see if Invisalign is right for you.
Call Premier Dental Center today to see if Invisalign is the best way to make improvements to your smile!