Frequently Asked Questions
Choosing to straighten your teeth is a big decision affecting your appearance and lifestyle. As an
adult, you may want to improve your smile for business or social reasons. Or perhaps you’re a
teen or the parent of a teen hoping to make the best of an inevitable situation. Either way,
Invisalign® can provide a simple way to straighten various smiles.
Invisalign is a clear aligner orthodontic treatment that uses a series of custom-made,
transparent plastic aligners to gradually move teeth into their desired positions.
Invisalign uses a series of custom-made, transparent plastic aligners that gradually shift your teeth into the desired position. Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks
before being replaced with the next stage in the series.
Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, making them a more discreet option than
conventional braces. They are also removable, which makes eating and cleaning your
teeth easier. Invisalign aligners are also more comfortable than braces as they don’t have
any wires or brackets that can irritate your mouth.
The average treatment time for Invisalign varies from person to person, depending on the
severity of the orthodontic issues. Typically, treatment with Invisalign takes about 12 to
Invisalign treatment is generally not painful, but some patients may experience mild
discomfort when they switch to a new set of aligners. This discomfort typically goes
away after a few days.
There are no food restrictions with Invisalign, as the aligners can be removed while
eating. However, brushing your teeth before putting your aligners back in is
recommended to maintain good oral hygiene.
Invisalign aligners should be worn for 20 to 22 hours per day. They should only be
removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing.
Invisalign aligners are designed to be removable but should be worn for 20 to 22 hours
daily to achieve the best results.
Contact your provider immediately if you lose or break one of your Invisalign aligners.
They may be able to order a replacement aligner for you.
You must see your Invisalign provider every 4 to 6 weeks during treatment to check your
progress and receive new aligners.