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Invisalign FAQs

Please take a moment to review the answers to our most frequently asked questions about Invisalign clear aligners at Carrington Dental.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign

Read the answers to our most frequently asked questions.

  • What is Invisalign?

    Invisalign is a method of straightening teeth that involves using a series of clear aligners custom-made to fit your teeth. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign does not use metal wires or brackets.

    During the consultation process, we will use 3D computer imaging technology to create a treatment plan tailored to your smile.

    During each stage of the Invisalign treatment process, a set of custom clear aligners will be made specifically to fit your teeth.

  • How does the Invisalign process work?

    Invisalign 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.

    This process will continue until your teeth are in their prescribed, corrected positions. The duration of your Invisalign treatment will be determined by your dentist based on your specific needs.

  • How long does Invisalign treatment take?

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

    Factors that may determine the duration of your treatment include the misalignment of your teeth or jaw, the shape of your bite, and the amount of movement required to correct the problem.

  • What are Invisalign aligners made of?

    The Invisalign aligners are made using high-quality polyurethane resins that meet the USP Class VI medical-grade standards. Invisalign is also BPA-free.

  • How often do I have to visit the dentist?

    Since Invisalign aligners require no adjustments or tightening – you just switch to a new set of aligners every two weeks – your dentist will schedule brief appointments with you every 4 to 6 weeks.

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

  • What are the primary features of Invisalign?

    The features of Invisalign include:

    • A discreet, low-profile appearance
    • Smooth construction for a more comfortable fit
    • Do not require adjustment appointments
    • Removable for eating, brushing and flossing
  • How much does Invisalign cost?

    The cost of your treatment will vary based on how severe your case is and how long your treatment will last.

    However, the cost of Invisalign is often similar to the cost of traditional braces in most situations.

  • What financing options do you offer?

    We offer financing options to support your Invisalign treatment journey. Speak to your dentist or click here to learn more.

  • How will Invisalign fit my lifestyle?

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

    You can take your aligners out whenever you need to eat, drink, brush and floss. That means no dietary restrictions, and you'll be able to brush and floss thoroughly and consistently.

  • Are there any food or drink restrictions?

    Invisalign clear aligners can be easily removed when you need to eat. Thus, Invisalign does not come with any dietary restrictions, allowing you to enjoy all the foods you love without any limitations.

    To prevent your clear aligners from getting stained, it is advisable to take them out when you drink wine, coffee, or dark sodas.

  • 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 many aligners you will need, 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 adults are deciding to undergo orthodontic treatment these days, in large part because options like Invisalign have become available.

  • Can teenagers use Invisalign?

    Indeed! There is no doubt that teens can benefit from Invisalign. Actually, Invisalign has developed a line of aligners specifically designed to address the needs of teenagers.

    Invisalign compliance indicators, which are tiny blue dots that disappear after the aligners are worn for a full two weeks, are incorporated into teen aligners to assist in keeping them on treatment schedules.

    Additionally, they have eruption tabs that give second molars room and stop them from growing in unevenly.

  • 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.

    Brush and floss your teeth before you put your aligners back in. Good oral hygiene is key to maintaining healthy teeth and avoiding cavities and decay. Failing to brush and floss properly can trap food debris and bacteria between your teeth and aligner, increasing your risk of dental problems and bad breath.

    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?

    The removable nature of Invisalign aligners allows you to play sports without having to worry about breaking them.

    But remember that you have to wear your Invisalign aligners for at least 22 hours a day, so schedule your time wisely.

    Additionally, you should get a sports mouthguard to shield your teeth from potential harm. This is because orthodontic treatment may cause your teeth to slightly loosen as they move into their new positions.

  • 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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