Frequently Asked Questions
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a series of customized clear trays that move your teeth.
How does Invisalign Work?
Tooth movement occurs when constant pressure is applied to the tooth. Invisalign trays apply slight pressure to your teeth so your teeth move. The final position of your teeth is programmed using the Invisalign software. Every ten days you switch to a new tray until the completion of the tooth movement. You can see the entire process before you even begin.
Does Invisalign Hurt?
A little. There’s a slight discomfort especially when you just start the treatment and when you switch to a new tray. The level of discomfort is typically reported to be mild.
Will Invisalign effect my speech?
Somewhat. In the beginning of the Invisalign treatment it takes time to get used to the aligners. Certain S sounds are effected. However most patients report that they get used to it and lisp disappears by aligner 2 or 3.
How long do Invisalign Treatments Take?
It depends on the severity of alignment that we’re trying to treat. Some cases can be done as fast as 2 months, while other, more severe cases can take up to a 1 year or more.
Is Invisalign right for me?
We’d be delighted to schedule you a consultation to discuss whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment.
What are the steps to Invisalign treatment?
It all starts with a consultation. If we determine that you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment and if you want to proceed, a series of photographs and impressions are taken. We create a digital version of your teeth using the Invisalign software and I program where and how your teeth are moved. The software is used to determine the number of trays and the amount of time as well as the final outcome. You can review all the results before you start the case or commit to the Invisalign treatment. Once everything is approved, Invisalign 3D prints your Invisalign trays. An appointment is booked, and the treatment begins
What are Invisalign buttons/attachments? Can people really see Invisalign attachments?
Invisalign attachments are tiny composite projections that are bonded to your tooth for the duration of the Invisalign treatment. They are virtually invisible and act like handles for your teeth. They give us the ability to rotate and move your teeth in directions that otherwise would not be possible with just trays alone. Once the treatment is done and if you are happy with the results, the Invisalign buttons aka Invisalign attachments are removed.
Do I need a retainer after Invisalign?
Yes. If the treatment was extensive, I prefer to add a lingual wire to the tongue side of the lower teeth as well as a thin plastic retainer to wear over your lower teeth and the lingual wire.
How long do I wear a retainer after the Invisalign treatment?
For the rest of your life or as long as you care to keep your teeth straight.
Is there an extra charge for the retainer after Invisalign?
Why do I need a retainer after Invisalign?
Because your teeth will absolutely shift back. If you have any questions regarding Invisalign treatment, please call our office to schedule your consultation.