Q: Why do patients choose Invisalign over ordinary braces?
A: Invisalign is the “clear alternative” to metal braces. Invisalign spacers are nearly invisible, so only your dentist needs to know you have them. They work as well or better than braces for most patients, are comfortable, and can be removed in situations where braces cause inconvenience.
Q: How long does Invisalign take to work?
A: The length of treatment depends on how much correction your teeth need. In general, Invisalign works a little bit faster than conventional braces. A complete course of treatment for an adult patient averages 12 months, but most people see a difference starting in 2-3 months.
Q: Do you have to wear Invisalign all day?
A: As an Invisalign patient, you have the ability to remove your Invisalign aligners any time you wish. Many people choose to remove them while playing sports and sometimes while eating. For best results, you should use them for 20 to 22 hours each day.
Q: Does Invisalign work as well as traditional braces?
A: Invisalign works as well or better than traditional braces for most orthodontic conditions. The most severe conditions might require metal braces, however. Before you start treatment, your Invisalign dentist will thoroughly evaluate your teeth and discuss treatment expectations.
Q: Can kids and teens use Invisalign?
A: Thanks to the potential for the jaw to grow and change during the treatment period, younger children should not use Invisalign. Some teens are suitable Invisalign patients. It is important to choose Invisalign only for young people mature enough to use their spacers correctly.
Q: Are there any risks associated with Invisalign?
A: There are very few risks associated with Invisalign. Patients should expect a brief adjustment period which may include mild mouth discomfort, soreness, or irritation in the gums, lips, or cheeks. These feelings usually subside in just a few days and do not recur.
Q: Do you need to take special steps to maintain your aligners?
A: No. You can care for your Invisalign aligners by removing them and cleaning them on a daily basis. You should continue to brush and floss the same way you did prior to treatment. If your aligners become bent or otherwise damaged, your Invisalign dentist can replace them.
The Coscarella Family Dentistry team can answer your questions in full and help you decide if Invisalign is right for you. To learn more, contact us today.