Invisalign: A Super Smile? No Question!
Invisalign has been around for some time now, but patients still frequently ask us questions about the aligners and how they work to straighten teeth. We’ve collected some of the most commonly asked questions to help you decide if Invisalign is right for you or your child.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the minimum age for Invisalign?
Invisalign aligners are suitable for children as young as seven years old. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic check-up by age seven to evaluate if there is sufficient space for all of the adult teeth to erupt.
How long does Invisalign treatment take?
The total duration of treatment depends on the complexity of the treatment and is generally comparable to that of traditional braces. Typically, treatment can last between 6 and 24 months.
Is Invisalign treatment painful?
No. Some people may experience temporary, minor discomfort for a day or so, at the beginning of treatment. This is normal and is typically described as a feeling of pressure. It is a sign that the aligners are working – moving your teeth gradually, helping you to achieve the final results. This discomfort typically goes away in a couple of days.
Can I eat anything I want with Invisalign?
Yes! Unlike traditional wires and braces, you can eat whatever you like while in treatment because you remove your aligners to eat and drink. Thus, there is no need to restrict consuming any of your favorite foods and snacks. Also, it is important that you brush and floss your teeth after each meal or snack, prior to re-inserting your aligners to maintain proper hygiene.
How often do you have to wear aligners?
Aligners should be worn all the time during treatment, except when eating, brushing or flossing teeth. Overall, it is recommended that you wear your aligner trays for 20 to 22 hours daily, throughout the treatment.
Is it easier to clean your teeth with Invisalign?
Yes! It is much easier to clean your teeth with Invisalign because of the aligners’ ability to be full removed. In fact, hygiene is often better with Invisalign users than those with metal and ceramic braces.
Will the aligners affect speech?
No. The vast majority of patients report no effect on speech. However, as with traditional orthodontic appliances, there is an initial adjustment period associated with having something new in the mouth.
Is Invisalign the same cost as braces?
Yes! At Foote Orthodontics, Invisalign and braces are the same cost, and Invisalign achieves the same results as traditional braces.
Foote Orthodontics Answers More About Invisalign
As your Main Line Invisalign Provider, you can rest assured your smile, and your family’s smile, is trusted to the best – the Foote Orthodontics professionals.
If you’re considering straightening your teeth, we are more than happy to discuss the best option for you. We invite you to schedule a free consultation with us today, so that you can begin the journey to a brighter, straighter smile!