Do you have a question about Invisalign? You’re not the only one. Many patients have questions about how the Invisalign aligners work. Here are answers to the most common ones asked by patients.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment method that uses a series of clear plastic removable aligners to straighten your teeth. These aligners look like thin sports mouthguards and are custom-made to sit snugly over the top of your teeth. More information about Invisalign can be found on our Invisalign page.
Who is Invisalign for?
Invisalign can be for anyone. There are different types of Invisalign treatment options which means most patients will be able to benefit from this method:
- Invisalign Comprehensive: for major orthodontic treatment which requires between 18 and 24 months to correct.
- Invisalign Lite: for minor orthodontic treatment of the front six teeth, with treatment taking up to six months.
- Invisalign Express: for minor treatment of the front six teeth with treatment taking as little as three months.
- Invisalign First: for children who need preparatory treatment prior to further orthodontic appliance wear.
What orthodontic problems can Invisalign fix?
Invisalign can be used to treat most orthodontic problems, from minor ones such as a crooked tooth to major cases such as a severe overbite. The effectiveness of Invisalign is a combination of the experience of the practicing orthodontist and the commitment by the patient during treatment. Experienced Invisalign practitioners, like members of The Invisible Orthodontist group, will be confident in treating a broader range of cases using Invisalign than an orthodontist without Invisalign experience.
Who offers Invisalign treatment?
Invisalign aligners are used by both orthodontists and dentists the world over but experience levels differ between every orthodontic professional and their team. If you are interested in having Invisalign treatment, start by locating your nearest orthodontist who is a member of The Invisible Orthodontist network. All of our orthodontists are experienced in the use of these virtually invisible aligners.
Does Invisalign hurt?
Invisalign is one of the most comfortable orthodontic treatment options available. Wearing the aligners doesn’t hurt, but at times throughout your treatment you may experience some discomfort. This usually occurs when you are changing your aligners as the new set will be shaped slightly differently from the previous set. This is how Invisalign aligners encourage your teeth to move so as your teeth settle into the next phase of treatment you are likely to have a little bit of discomfort.
Do Invisalign aligners affect your speech?
No, not really. At times during your treatment you may have a slight lisp for a day or two, but this is common with all orthodontic treatment as your teeth and mouth get used to wearing your appliance.
How often do I need to wear the aligners?
Aligners should be worn all day, except when eating, brushing and flossing. To achieve the very best results you possibly can from Invisalign treatment, it is recommended you wear your aligners for 22 hours per day.
How much does Invisalign cost?
This is difficult to answer because there is no one set cost. It all depends on the extent of treatment you require and how many sets of aligners you’ll need. Many of our orthodontists offer a free Invisalign consultation during which they’ll give you a quote for treatment. These consultations are usually obligation-free so you don’t need to proceed with treatment if you don’t want to, but at least you’ll have all the information you need, so you can make an informed choice.
How do I find an experienced Invisalign provider?
Start by searching for your nearest Invisible Orthodontist group member via the locations page on our website. All of our members are committed to providing their patients with the highest level of orthodontic treatment and care. They are passionate about orthodontics and are also committed to learning as much as they can about Invisalign treatment and other discreet appliances to provide their patients with a variety of treatment options.
Ready to start your journey to an Invisalign smile? Find your nearest Invisible Orthodontist member today and book your consultation.