Invisalign is a revolutionary way to transform smiles without the hassles and embarrassment of traditional braces. Dr. Baharak at Smiles 4 Life Orthodontics in Park Slope is pleased to offer this method to patients. Because it is a newer way to correct smiles, patients often have questions about Invisalign. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions and Dr. Baharak’s response to them.
Just like traditional braces, Invisalign can treat many issues such as crowding, spacing, overbites, and crossbites.
It depends on the patient’s condition, but the average treatment time is between 6 to 18 months. This is less time than the average length of treatment with traditional braces.
For best results in the optimum timeframe, aligners should be worn about 22 hours per day. They should be removed for eating, oral hygiene, and the occasional special occasion.
Minor pressure is normal when you begin Invisalign treatment. This discomfort is a good sign though because it means your teeth are moving into their desired locations.
There are no restrictions at all about what you can eat or drink during Invisalign treatment because the aligners are removed. Always clean your aligners before putting them back in your mouth.
Brush your aligners gently as you would your teeth, using a soft toothbrush and rinsing with warm water.
You can expect a short period of adjustment when you first start wearing your aligners. Your speech may be slightly affected, but you’ll get used to them as you speak and will no longer have speech impacts.
Smoking is highly discouraged when wearing Invisalign aligners because they may discolor or warp. If smoking is a habit you can’t break, remove your aligners first.
Remove your aligners before chewing gum so that it doesn’t become stuck on the plastic. As you might guess, chewing gum is discouraged because removing your aligners more than a couple hours a day can impact your treatment success.
Most patients visit Dr. Baharak about once every eight weeks to ensure treatment is progressing as it should.
As with traditional braces, retainers are required after Invisalign treatment to promote your teeth staying in their new positions. It’s simple though because you just wear the final set of aligners in your series instead of having to get a new appliance.
Kids are candidates for Invisalign as long as all of their permanent teeth, including second molars, have fully erupted. Invisalign Teen is marketed just for teenagers with some unique characteristics designed for that age group.
Cost varies between patients due to condition and length of treatment. Invisalign is a little more expensive than traditional braces for the same treatment time, but the costs typically even out because Invisalign treatment is often faster. The staff at Smiles 4 Life Orthodontics is happy to provide the cost information you need to help make your decision about treatment.