Invisalign clear aligners are designed to have a maximum impact on your smile and a minimum impact on your daily life. If you are considering clear aligner therapy, perhaps the following questions will help clarify some of your concerns.
Will my aligners be noticeable?
Invisalign clear aligners are comfortable and barely noticeable. Made from SmartTrack material and designed to comfortably conform to each tooth, Invisalign is virtually invisible.
Are my aligners removable?
Yes! One of the great benefits of clear aligner therapy is that your aligners are removable. You can eat, drink, brush and floss teeth as usual. They can even be removed for special activities or occasions like playing an instrument or sport, getting married or going on a job interview. In order to achieve the best possible results, we advise our patients to wear their aligners for 20-22 hours per day.
Are there are eating restrictions?
There are no eating restrictions with Invisalign! The aligners can simply be removed while eating or chewing gum. That means you won’t have to say goodbye to your favorite foods during your treatment. It’s crucial to the treatment process, however, to minimize the time spent with the aligners removed. Since the aligners must be worn for at least 20-22 hours a day, we do recommend that you eat while wearing your aligners, if possible.
Is living with Invisalign painful?
With the use of precise, gentle pressure and constant force, the treatment can cause minor discomfort. This usually subsides within the first few days of wearing a new set of aligners. Our patients describe this temporary feeling as “pressure.” The good news is—that gentle pressure is a sign that you are getting closer and closer to your new smile! If discomfort persists, don’t hesitate to call our office.
Is it normal for my teeth to feel loose?
If your teeth feel slightly loose, that is normal. As your teeth gradually shift into proper position, this shifting and reforming can cause the sensation of having loose teeth. If it persists, please call our office.
Will my speech be affected by wearing aligners?
As your tongue adjusts to having the clear aligners in your mouth, it may feel awkward to speak. Some patients have a slight lisp that quickly goes away.
Will my aligners fall out while I sleep?
Your aligners are customized to fit your teeth comfortably and snugly. It is not likely that they will fall out whether you are sleeping, talking, laughing or exercising. You can enjoy maximum comfort with a minimal impact on your daily life.
What happens if I skip a couple of days during my treatment?
Don’t do this! However, your aligners may still fit if you have only skipped a couple of days. When putting your aligners back on your teeth, you may have some discomfort. Call our office immediately so that we can help you get back on track as quickly as possible!