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Invisalign FAQs

Read answers here to some of the most frequently asked questions about Invisalign clear aligners from our Park Square Dental Centre dentists in Wetaskiwin.

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Invisalign FAQs

Read answers to some of the most frequently asked questions of our dentists.

What are Invisalign clear aligners?

The Invisalign clear aligner system is a series of custom-made and clear plastic aligners that straighten your teeth without relying on brackets or metal wires like traditional braces. 

We will create a treatment plan and manufacture a series of custom-fitted aligners for you to precisely fit your smile at each stage of the treatment.

How does the Invisalign process work?

Invisalign's clear plastic aligners are designed to move your teeth by tiny increments as your treatment progresses. You will wear each aligner for about two weeks before it is replaced by the next one in the series.

The treatment process will continue until your teeth arrive ion their prescribed and corrected positions. The length of time it takes to complete your Invisalign treatment will depend on your specific needs and circumstances. 

How long does Invisalign treatment take?

Your dentist will determine the duration of your Invisalign treatment based on your specific needs.

There are a number of factors can influence the duration of your treatment, from the misalignment of your jaw and the shape of your bite to the amount of movement that will be required over the course of your treatment.

What are Invisalign aligners made of?

The Invisalign aligners are made with USP Class VI medical-grade, high molecular weight, polyurethane resins. They are BPA free.

How often do I have to visit the dentist?

Your Invisalign clear aligners won't require any tightening or adjustments throughout your treatment. You simply have to visit your dentist for quick appointments every month or so. 

During these appointments, your dentist will take the opportunity to review your progress and general oral health, answer your questions, and make adjustments to your treatment as required.

What are the primary features of Invisalign?

Invisalign aligners are:

  • A more discreet solution than traditional braces
  • Removable for eating, brushing and flossing
  • Smooth construction for enhanced comfort
  • Do not require adjustment appointments

How much does Invisalign cost?

The cost of your Invisalign clear aligners treatment will vary depending on your specific case and the duration of your treatment.  For instance, the more severe the malocclusion, the more aligners you'll need and the more your treatment will cost.

In many cases, the cost of Invisalign is comparable to that of traditional orthodontic treatment (braces).

How will Invisalign fit my lifestyle?

You may find that Invisalign fits very comfortably into your day-to-day life.

You can take your aligners out whenever you need to eat, or brush and floss your teeth. That means absolutely no dietary restrictions, and brushing and flossing is just as easy as ever.

Are there any food or drink restrictions?

Invisalign clear aligners can be removed, meaning you can take them out of your mouth to eat. Because of this, there aren't any dietary restrictions you need to comply with during treatment. You can continue to eat all of the foods that you love!

To avoid staining your clear aligners, we recommend removing them when you consume beverages such as wine, coffee, or dark soda beverages.

How many sets of aligners will I need?

The answer to this question will depend on the severity of your misalignment.

Only your dentist can give you an accurate estimate of how long your treatment will take, based on a careful evaluation of your bite during an initial consultation.

Can adults use Invisalign?

Yes! Anyone who has healthy teeth and gums is a potential candidate for Invisalign.

More and more often, adults are making the choice to undergo orthodontic treatment. This is primarily because of the availability of treatments like Invisalign.

Can teenagers use Invisalign?

Yes! Teens can certainly be candidates for Invisalign. In fact, Invisalign has created a line of aligners to meet the unique needs of teenagers.

Invisalign Teen aligners have compliance indicators on them (small blue dots that fade away after the aligners have been worn for two full weeks) to help teens stay on track with their treatment.

They also come with eruption tabs that provide space for second molars and prevent them from growing in crooked.

How often do I have to change my Invisalign aligners?

Most patients change to their next set of aligners every two weeks or so. Your dentist will tell you exactly how often you should switch out your aligners.

How do I clean my aligners?

Rinse your aligners each time you remove them to wash away dry saliva and plaque that can result in dental decay and bad breath.

Soak your aligners using denture cleaner, Retainer Brite, and/or the official Invisalign cleaning crystals.

Make sure that you brush and floss your teeth before you return your aligners to your mouth. They key to maintaining healthy teeth, avoiding cavities and preventing decay is by flossing and brushing your teeth. If you don't regularly and thoroughly brush and floss your teeth, bacteria and food debris can become trapped between your aligners and your teeth, increasing your risk of bad breath and other dental health issues.

Clean your aligners with a clear, anti-bacterial soft soap. Clear anti-bacterial soap is an excellent and inexpensive way to keep your aligners clear, fresh, and free from harmful bacteria.

Brush your aligners gently so as not to scratch them, and then rinse off the soap. Then you're done!

Can I play sports with Invisalign?

Invisalign aligners are removable so you can play sports without worrying about causing damage to your aligners.

However, keep in mind that Invisalign aligners must be kept in for a minimum of 22 hours a day, so plan your time carefully.

You will definitely want to invest in a sports mouth guard too. During orthodontic treatment, it's possible for your teeth to loosen slightly as they move through your mouth, making them more prone to damage if they aren't protected properly!

Can I play my instrument with Invisalign?

Yes! Simply remove your aligners to practice playing your instrument, and pop them back in when you're done.

How do I store my aligners?

Your Invisalign aligners will come with a case, and this is where you should put your aligners whenever you take them out to keep them safe.

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