With so much positive feedback and interest generated from the first set of FAQ’s about Invisalign I felt a follow up blog was necessary. Here are the answers to some questions you might have about how Invisalign works.
How Often do I Have to Wear my Invisalign Aligners?
Just because your aligners are removable doesn’t mean you can take them out and put them in whenever you feel like it. For your Invisalign treatment to be successful you need to keep them in for most of the day, which is 20 – 22 hours a day. In short, the only time to remove your aligners is when you are eating your meals or are brushing and flossing your teeth.
What are Attachments?
Invisalign attachments are “handles” that will help the aligners better connect to your teeth. Essentially, these tooth coloured shapes give the aligners something to push against and allow the right amount of pressure to be distributed to the designated areas of your teeth. You will hardly even notice these attachments as the aligners just settle in around them. The Invisalign attachments are removed after completion of the treatment.
How do I Care for my Invisalign Aligners?
Although the aligners are replaced every 10 to 14 days, you still need to clean them to remove any food particles and prevent bacteria from growing in the trays. A clean toothbrush with lukewarm water is effective as is cleaning them in a retainer cleaner solution. Never use hot water to clean your aligners as it can warp them.
You will need to continue taking care of your teeth while you are undergoing treatment. Brush and floss your teeth regularly to prevent cavities and gum inflammation. You also need to continue with regular cleanings and check ups at your dentist’s office.
Does Invisalign Hurt?
The pressure from a new set of aligners may cause discomfort for a few days as your teeth are being realigned, but that’s it. Because Invisalign uses no wires or metal there is no discomfort or pain from a broken bracket or wire and no need for brace wax.
Is Invisalign Easy to Use?
Two decades of development and innovative techniques have gone into creating Invisalign. Part of the innovation is the ease of use combined with proven results. Invisalign may be appealing to you for as they are less visible than traditional braces. The need to restrict what you eat is reduced with aligner treatment.
If you are in the Squamish or Whistler areas and would like more information on the orthodontic treatments available or are interested in finding out whether Invisalign is right for you, please stop by or give us a call. I look forward to seeing you soon.