Top 10 Invisalign Questions and Answers

Top 10 Invisalign Questions and Answers

Team Invisalign

Invisalign® is one of today's most popular orthodontic systems. Effectively and comfortably straightening teeth, the system provides discreet treatment.

Many patients have detailed questions about Invisalign. This blog will answer the top 10 questions we receive in our practice.

1. How does Invisalign work?

Your orthodontist will schedule a consultation to discuss your expectations and preview your new smile. First, the orthodontist uses the iTero intraoral scanner to make a 3-D model of your teeth and gums. No messy impression material is needed, and the process takes only minutes.

The orthodontist will design your new smile and show you the final results. If you are satisfied, the orthodontist sends the data to the Invisalign laboratory, where technicians will expertly craft a series of clear aligners.

The aligners are smooth, comfortable, medical-grade plastic with no brackets or wires.

2. How long does it take for Invisalign to work?

Typically, it takes about 12 to 18 months to complete an Invisalign series.

3. Who is a good candidate for Invisalign?

Patients with fully developed jaws, no missing teeth, and moderate orthodontic issues can receive Invisalign treatment. Patients need healthy gums, teeth free of untreated decay, and excellent oral hygiene habits.

4. What are the conditions Invisalign can treat?

Invisalign can treat:

  • Malocclusion (crooked or crossed teeth)
  • Minor dental bite issues like overbite, underbite, and crossbite
  • Gapped teeth

5. Do I have to leave Invisalign trays in all the time?

You must plan to wear your aligners at least 20 to 22 hours daily. You can take them out to eat, drink, and care for your teeth. If you don't put your aligners back in after meals, you may notice that your treatment slows or reverses. Adhering to the plan is vital if you want to succeed with Invisalign.

6. What foods can I eat with Invisalign?

Since the aligners come out, you can eat nearly anything you want. The only restriction is to thoroughly clean your teeth before replacing the aligners. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing ly anything you want. The only limitation is thoroughly cleaning your teeth before replacing the aligners. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing are of great importance.

7. How do I clean my aligners?

Rinse your aligners each time you eat or drink anything but water. This step will help avoid tooth and plastic stains. Brush your aligners at least twice a day with a gentle toothpaste. Do not use whitening or abrasive toothpaste on the aligners because they can scratch and stain. You can also use clear, unscented antibacterial soap. Ask your orthodontist about branded crystals for a more thorough cleaning.

8. Can my child get Invisalign?

Older teens who have all their permanent teeth and whose jaws have finished growing can receive Invisalign. Younger children typically need braces instead.

9. How often will I need to visit the orthodontist with Invisalign?

Some orthodontists prefer to see patients at each aligner change, while others like to see patients every four to six weeks.

10. Is Invisalign better than braces?

Braces and Invisalign have their niche in orthodontic treatment. Braces are typically better for more complex cases and for children who do not have all their permanent teeth. Patients with Invisalign tend to have better oral hygiene.

Call Desert Orthodontics

If you want to know more about Invisalign, please call our Las Cruces, NM, office at 575-521-0900. We can schedule a consultation and help you learn whether Invisalign is right for you.