At Space Center Orthodontics we find it extremely valuable to provide each of our patients with all the information they need when making decisions about their orthodontic treatment. That is why we are happy to provide answers to frequently asked questions about one of the most exciting innovations in orthodontics, the Invisalign system. If you are considering orthodontic treatment with Invisalign we highly recommend that you read through the FAQ below and also visit our pages about Invisalign and Invisalign before and after photos.
Common Questions About Invisalign
A. You must wear your aligners for up to 22 hours daily. You may remove them for eating, drinking and regular oral hygiene.
A. No. Unlike braces, you may eat whatever you like as long as you remove the aligners before eating. Prior to placing the aligners back on, it is important to brush your teeth and the aligners after you eat.
A. Like any orthodontic treatment, there is a short adjustment period. The more you speak with the aligners on, the quicker you will adjust.
A. There will be some pressure and minor discomfort for a day or two after each initial insertion. This is a sign that your teeth are moving sequentially into their final position.
A. It is recommended that you remove your aligners prior to chewing gum as the gum will stick to the aligners.
A. We discourage smoking with aligners as the cigarette smoke will tend to discolor them.
A. Brushing them with toothpaste will keep them fresh and clean.
A. Regular office visits are every five to six weeks. This will ensure that your Invisalign treatment is progressing as planned.
A. All orthodontic patients are instructed to wear their retainers at night indefinitely. Sleeping with your retainers in at night will ensure a healthy bite and maintain the new position of your teeth.
A. Treatment time varies depending on the severity of the misaligned teeth. Treatment time can be shorter than traditional braces, between six and 18 months.
A. Yes, if their teeth, including second molars, have grown in completely.
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We hope that we were able to answer your questions regarding Invisalign, the orthodontic treatment that uses clear aligners to create your most beautiful smile. Should you have any further questions we suggest you visit our other pages on Invisalign or contact our Clear Lake, or League CIty office! We are always happy to answer any questions our patients may have. We hope to see you in our office soon.