Have Questions Regarding Invisalign?

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How will invisalign affect my regular life style?

You can carry on with the same day to day activities you had initially before starting your invisalign treatment. Invisalign will not affect your lifestyle. In fact it will compliment your life style!

You will be ready for anything, from meeting your friends, going out with friends for coffee and movie nights.  Just remove them while eating and brush your teeth before putting them back on your teeth.

Live your life! Enjoy all the sports and games you love without the fear of hurting your lips on the braces. You can brush and floss your teeth as usual without any brackets or wires coming in the way!

The best part is you will need fewer emergency visits as there are no brackets which can break or the risk of poking arch wires. Eat all your favorite foods without any inhibition. Only thing is don’t forget to remove them while you eat!

 

What should I do if I Lose one of my invisalign clear aligner?

You must call your dental clinic and schedule an appointment with your orthodontist. Remember to take your next set of aligners with you. Your orthodontist will ask you to try the next aligner and will check for the fit. If you had lost your previous aligners after wearing them for at least a few days, chances are that the next set will usually fit without much problem. You may continue the next aligner if your orthodontist gives you the green signal! If your luck is really bad and you lost your aligners without wearing them even for a single day, then you must request your orthodontist to re order them for you. Depending on the number of aligners you have lost, you will have to pay for the manufacturing and shipment of your new replacement aligners.

 

Does invisalign crack or break?

Invisalign is an amazing way for teens and adults to straighten their teeth without sporting a mouth full of metal. However, just like how you take care of your contact lenses, you must take similar care for your aligners. Always keep them in the retainer box the moment you remove them. You may stamp on them accidentally if you keep them on the floor or roll over them if you keep them on your bed after removing them. According to recent research, adults take more care of their aligners compared to teenagers! Handling your aligners in a careless way is the main reason for cracked or broken aligners. You must remove wear them and remove them exactly as per the instruction of your orthodontist to avoid potential mishaps!

 

Can I wear the aligners after they have cracked?

If the crack has not split the entire tray and the aligner is holding together quite well, you can continue to wear them.  Be careful when you wear and remove your aligners, as the crack often tend to get worse over time if you handle them carelessly.  Remove the aligners carefully to avoid bending them while you are taking them off.  When putting them back on, you must press evenly and firmly to avoid adding additional stress to the aligners.

If the split is pretty bad to the point where bending the aligner slightly can’t hold its shape, you must NOT wear the aligner.  You won’t get any benefits from wearing  a badly damaged aligner.  You must meet your orthodontist to get a replacement aligner. Go back to the previous aligner to maintain your progress while you wait for your replacement aligner.

 

Can I super glue my cracked aligners back together?

NO!  Never try to superglue your aligners back together. The chemicals in most adhesives are often toxic and can cause problems if they are in contact with your oral cavity.  Wearing a cracked aligner fixed with adhesive glue, in your mouth is really bad for your health.  What you should do is, go back to your previous aligner, to avoid losing your progress, and call back your dental clinic to check with your orthodontist for further instruction.

 

How long does it take to get a replacement for my lost aligner?

It usually takes around 1-2 weeks for you to receive your replacement aligner. You will have to wear your previous aligner until you receive the replacement aligner. There will be an additional charge for the new aligner. You can avoid this situation very easily by taking proper care of your aligners!

 

Can I drink when wearing my aligners?

Yes. But only cold water! Hot tea or coffee can stain warp your aligners and distort them. Sugary drinks and alcohol drinks might lead to plaque buildup and increase the risk of cavities. Always remember to remove your aligners before eating or drinking anything with the exception of cold water and maybe clear sparkling water!

 

I have finished all my initial aligners! Is my  invisalign treatment over?

Your treatment will not be over once you finish the first set of aligners. In most cases, refinement aligners will be required to fix any stubborn teeth and to improve the finish. Your orthodontist will decide if refinements will be needed or not, once you complete the first set of aligners. This is exactly the reason why you must choose a provider and a plan which provides you for extra refinement aligners, without any additional super added cost! Be smart and ask your orthodontist to give you an “unlimited aligner package”, so that there are no surprises for you later in the middle of your treatment! If they refuse to give that package, it is wise to walk away! Refinement is always done in your best interest by your orthodontist, in order to achieve the best possible clinical result and smile! The good news is refinements do not take as long as your initial aligners and can be completed within 2-3 months in most of the cases. However, severe malocclusions might need more refinements and your orthodontist will advise you depending on the severity of your malocclusion and the treatment progress.

 

Should I brush my teeth before wearing the aligners?

Yes! You must brush your teeth every time after food, before you wear the aligners back again! This is to ensure that no food gets trapped between your teeth and the aligner. It’s not good when people stop to stare at trapped food on your teeth, that shows through your transparent aligner. Brushing your teeth will also help to remove plaque and avoid cavities! So brushing isn’t really a bad thing, right?

 

How many patients have been treated by invisalign?

More than 4 million people have been  successfully treated world wide by this new treatment technique and the numbers keep growing with each passing day, eventually reaching the 5 million mile stone very soon!

 

What material is the invisalign clear aligner made of and how does it look?

The highly clear and transparent aligners are made of high quality medical grade thermoplastic material uniquely developed for the invisalign system. The aligners are designed and fabricated by CAD CAM. They are customized for your teeth and will fit snugly over them with absolute comfort.

 

How often is the review appointments for invisalign?

Appointment intervals are generally more convenient when compared with traditional braces.  The appointments are also much quicker with less time spent in the orthodontists’ chair during appointments as no adjustments need to be made to wires/brackets.  Patients typically visit their Invisalign Provider every 6 to 8 weeks to ensure the treatment is progressing as planned and to receive their next few sets of Invisalign aligners. In difficult cases with complicated malocclusions, your Invisalign Provider will decide the treatment interval based on your treatment progress.

 

What is the invisalign treatment duration?

The total duration of treatment depends on the complexity of your malocclusion and is generally comparable to that of traditional braces or slightly less. In most cases the treatment can usually last between 9 and 18 months. During your consultation, your Invisalign Provider will evaluate your problem and will provide you with more detailed information regarding the estimated treatment duration.

 

Is retainer needed after invisalign treatment?

Retainers are necessary after any orthodontic treatment.  They are needed to keep your teeth stable until they adapt to their new positions and the surrounding bone becomes strong. If you want your teeth to remain in their ideal position, it is best to wear a retainer as directed by an Invisalign Provider. In most cases your orthodontist will advise regular night time wear of your retainers when you go to bed.