With Invisalign, you use a series of custom-made, clear, plastic aligners that exert controlled force on your teeth. Each aligner moves the teeth a little more based on the exact tooth movements Dr. Kwong prescribes at the start of treatment. The aligner needs to be able to grab your teeth effectively to move them, so some attachments may need to be added to the teeth to help. Every two weeks or so, you’ll use a new set of aligners and as you make your way through the entire series, your teeth gradually shift into their ideal positions.
The aligners themselves are smooth and comfortable and won’t irritate the cheeks or lips like braces sometimes do. However, when you start a new set of aligners, your teeth might feel slightly sensitive for a day or two. This just means it’s working and your teeth are straightening.
Nope! Invisalign aligners are removable. Since you take them out to eat, you can chow down on whatever you want. Just brush your teeth after eating and pop them back in.
It’s not recommended. If you smoke while wearing the aligners, the nicotine will stain them. When they’re discolored, they won’t be invisible anymore.
For the best results, wear your aligners at least 22 hours every day. Take them out to eat and brush and floss your teeth. Wearing them less, may allow your teeth to move back to where they were.
Most patients don’t notice any difference in their speech while some notice a slight lisp for a day or two until they get used to having the aligners in their mouth. Don’t worry. Your speech will go back to normal quickly.
The length of treatment varies by individual and depends on how complex your case is. Some lucky folks are done in six months while for others, particularly teens, it tends to be the same duration as traditional metal braces.
The main benefit of Invisalign is the aligners are nearly invisible so most people won’t notice you have them in. The fact they’re removable is also a major bonus since there are no food restrictions and you can brush and floss normally. They’re also extremely comfortable and don’t involve potentially irritating brackets or wires.
Invisalign Aligners don’t require a lot of TLC. Just brush them and rinse them in lukewarm water when you brush your teeth.
You’ll visit us approximately every eight weeks so Dr. Kwong can ensure your treatment is progressing properly.
Believe it or not, the price tag on Invisalign is comparable to that of other treatment options. The final cost is dependent on how complex your case is and the duration of treatment. At your complimentary consultation, Dr. Kwong will be able to give you a set price. We offer flexible payment plans including interest-free financing for Invisalign.