F.A.Q.

The Clear Alternative

Invisalign® is a great alternative for anyone in need of orthodontic treatment that also wants a discreet or unnoticeable solution. Braceland Orthodontics has been a partner with Invisalign® for many years; if you are interested in this unique treatment, contact our office today!

  • How Often Must I Wear My Aligners?

    You must wear your aligners for up to 22 hours daily. You may remove them for eating, drinking and regular oral hygiene.

  • Are There Any Restrictions to What I Can Eat While in Treatment?

    No. Unlike braces, you may eat whatever you like as long as you remove the aligners before eating. Prior to placing the aligners back on, it is important to brush your teeth and the aligners after you eat.

  • Will Wearing the Aligners Affect My Speech?

    Like any orthodontic treatment, there is a short adjustment period. The more you speak with the aligners on, the quicker you will adjust.

  • Is There Any Discomfort With Invisalign® Treatment?

    There will be some pressure and minor discomfort for a day or two after each initial insertion. This is a sign that your teeth are moving sequentially into their final position.

  • Can I Chew Gum?

    It is recommended that you remove your aligners prior to chewing gum as the gum will stick to the aligners.

  • Can I Smoke With the Aligners in?

    We discourage smoking with aligners as the cigarette smoke will tend to discolor them.

  • How Do I Keep My Aligners Clean?

    The best way to clean your aligners is to use the Invisalign® cleaning kit, available for order at www.invisalignstore.com. Your aligners can also be cleaned by brushing them and rinsing them in lukewarm (not hot) water with anti-bacterial soap.

  • How Often Do I See an Orthodontist While Wearing my Aligners?

    Regular office visits are every eight to twelve weeks. This will ensure that your Invisalign® treatment is progressing as planned.

  • What Happens After My Treatment Is Complete?

    All orthodontic patients are instructed to wear their retainers at night indefinitely. Sleeping with your retainers in at night will ensure a healthy bite and maintain the new position of your teeth.

  • How Long Does Invisalign® Treatment Take?

    Treatment time varies depending on the severity of the misaligned teeth. Treatment time can be shorter than traditional braces, between six and 18 months.

  • Sometimes when I remove my aligners, my teeth feel loose. Is this normal?

    Yes. As your aligners gradually shift your teeth into their proper position, your gums are re-forming around each tooth as it moves. This is true with any orthodontic treatment. Once your treatment is complete and your teeth are evenly spaced, your gums will adhere snugly to the teeth in their new positions. If you are concerned, please contact your Invisalign® Provider and discuss your concerns.

  • My doctor said that I will need attachments. What are these and how do they work?

    Attachments are small, tooth-colored nodes or “buttons” made out of a dental composite. As part of your Invisalign® treatment, your doctor may bond attachments to the surface of some teeth to provide additional leverage or a better “grip” for the aligners during specific tooth movements. The attachments are not noticeable, especially with your aligners in, and are removed once the necessary tooth movements are achieved.

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