Invisalign FAQ: The Facts Adults Need to Know

Most of the patients interested in aligning their teeth using Invisalign have the same questions for their orthodontist. Here are answers to common queries so you can learn everything you need to know as you research this orthodontic alternative and whether it might be right for you.

Is Invisalign really invisible?

No, of course not. Invisalign, however, is incredibly discreet because the trays are made of super-thin, super-strong, clear plastic. Snap them onto your teeth and they fit snugly. It’ll be tough for anyone to notice they’re there.

Will I talk with a lisp?

There isn’t an adult anywhere who wants to speak with a lisp, especially in professional or social situations. Rest assured, this rumor got started because of the early side effect of lisping as you adjust to Invisalign. A week or two in and all the extra Ss will disappear.

Does Invisalign hurt?

Invisalign does not hurt, per se, but you will feel pressure occasionally as your teeth move into their proper positions. This will occur every time you change to a new tray – the best practice is to switch aligners at bedtime so you can sleep through the worst of it.

What are attachments and will I need them?

Attachments are tiny, composite shapes temporarily bonded to the teeth. Invisalign aligners latch onto them and the attachments serve as anchors to effectively move tooth roots and crowns. Attachments are tooth-colored and do bump out slightly. They’re most visible when aligners are not in place.

Do I have to wear the aligners all the time?

Wearers of conventional metal braces wear their orthodontia around the clock. Invisalign wearers have more freedom, but it’s still necessary to have the trays on your teeth for 20 to 22 hours a day. That allows for two to three hours of eating, drinking, snacking, and cleaning your teeth and trays.

What if I skip a day of wear?

The more you skip wearing Invisalign aligners, the longer treatment will take and the less effective each step of treatment will be. If you have a special occasion coming up, like a wedding, talk to your orthodontist before you ditch the trays. Consistency is the key to success with this alignment method.

How long does Invisalign treatment last?

Every orthodontic patient is unique. The average treatment time for Invisalign is about one year, but patients with more complex problems will need longer. Anyone with minor gaps, orthodontic relapse, or a few crooked teeth may only need four to six months to complete their treatment.

Do I have to wear a retainer after Invisalign?

No matter what type of orthodontics you get to straighten your teeth, choosing one over another will not eliminate retainer wear. Anytime your teeth are shifted into new positions, that movement must be reinforced with a customized retainer. You’ll have one from the end of treatment until, well, forever.

Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?

Only your orthodontist can tell you for sure if you’re a good Invisalign candidate. Schedule a consultation with Soleil Orthodontics in Woodinville, WA, to undergo an exam and find out what’s possible for your smile and oral health.

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