Invisalign FAQ

How Does Invisalign Work?

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.

Does Invisalign Hurt?

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.

Are There Food Restrictions with Invisalign?

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.

Can I Smoke With the Aligners 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.

How Many Hours Per Day Do I need to Wear Invisalign Aligners?

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.

Will the Aligners Affect my Speech?

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.

How Long Will Invisalign Treatment Take?

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.

What are the Advantages of Invisalign?

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.

How do I clean my aligners?

Invisalign Aligners don’t require a lot of TLC. Just brush them and rinse them in lukewarm water when you brush your teeth.

How often will I need to see Dr. Kwong during treatment?

You’ll visit us approximately every eight weeks so Dr. Kwong can ensure your treatment is progressing properly.

Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?

Invisalign treats a variety of orthodontic cases, however, everyone is different. Dr. Kwong will let you know if Invisalign will work for you during your complimentary consultation.

How much does Invisalign cost?

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.