Your Invisalign Questions, Answered
How often must I wear my aligners?
You must wear your aligners for approximately 22 hours every day. You only remove them to eat, drink, and brush and floss your teeth. Remember, to get the best results you must wear your aligners as directed!
Are there any eating restrictions I must follow during treatment?
No. As long as you remove the aligners before you eat, you can eat what you like. However, you should always brush your teeth and clean the aligners before putting them back in.
Will wearing the aligners affect my speech?
There is always an adjustment period when beginning orthodontic treatment. The more you speak with your aligners in, the faster you will adjust. Invisalign aligners are surprisingly comfortable and most patients get used to them very quickly.
Does Invisalign treatment take longer?
No. Your treatment time will depend on the severity of the misaligned teeth. We find that many patients have a shorter treatment time with Invisalign than they would have had with braces. Many patients can have straight teeth in 6-18 months, which is on par with traditional braces.
How frequently will I have to visit the orthodontist while in treatment?
How frequently you need to visit us depends on the stage of your treatment and your lifestyle. We suggest 4 to 8 week intervals, but we can easily adjust that as needed. Your aligners are switched every 7 to 10 days and given to you in advance. We can provide enough trays for virtually any interval you need. For instance, if you are attending college far from home, we can provide you with enough aligners to last the entire semester. If you need to travel frequently for work, we can work around your schedule.
The bottom line is that we create a customized treatment plan based on your needs. Whether you can come to see us once a month or you need more time between appointments, we will make it work.
What happens after treatment is complete? Will I need a retainer?
We recommend that all orthodontic patients wear their retainer at night indefinitely. Sleeping with your retainer(s) in at night will help ensure that your bite and the position of your teeth remain healthy and correct. This is true whether your treatment was completed with Invisalign or traditional braces.