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. Jeff during my Invisalign treatment?

During your El Dorado Hills Invisalign treatment, you’ll visit our office approximately every eight weeks so Dr. Jeff can monitor your progress. These appointments are quick and easy.

Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?

Invisalign treats a variety of orthodontic cases, however, everyone is different. Dr. Jeff will let you know if Invisalign will work for you during your complimentary consultation. Thanks to Dr. Jeff’s case experience and training, most adults are candidates for Invisalign at our practice. Invisalign for kids and teens is also a possibility thanks to his proficiency with Invisalign Teen as well.

How much does Invisalign cost in El Dorado Hills?

Believe it or not, the Invisalign cost is comparable to that of other treatment options. The final price is dependent on how complex your case is and the duration of treatment. At your complimentary consultation with our El Dorado Hills Invisalign provider, Dr. Jeff will be able to give you a set price. To ensure the Invisalign cost fits your budget, we offer flexible payment plans including interest-free financing.

Can I just get Invisalign on my bottom teeth or top teeth but not both?

If a few lower teeth are crooked, you might be wondering if you can just get Invisalign on your bottom teeth. Or maybe you have a tiny gap in your top teeth and would love to only address the upper arch.

While there are very specific cases where it is possible to get only top or bottom teeth Invisalign aligners, in most cases, you’ll need to wear Invisalign on both the top and bottom. This is because shifting any teeth in your mouth will change your bite, or the way the upper and lower teeth fit together. However, Dr. Jeff will be able to determine the appropriate treatment plan once he’s evaluated your teeth and jaws.