Everything You Need to Know About Invisalign

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A smile is one of the first things that people notice about you. A beautiful, straight smile can give you the boost of confidence you need to take on the world.

If your teeth are crooked or gapped, or you have misalignment of teeth, Invisalign clear aligners can help.

Invisalign is an alternative to traditional metal braces that uses clear, plastic aligners to straighten teeth gradually. It is one of the most popular dental treatments available, and for a good reason. It can give you the straight teeth you’ve always wanted without the pain and hassle of traditional braces.

If you’re new to Invisalign, understanding all its ins and outs can be tricky. That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive guide to everything you need to know about Invisalign. Keep reading to learn more!

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What Is Invisalign Treatment?

Invisalign is a treatment that uses clear, plastic aligners to gradually move your teeth into their desired position. The orthodontic aligners are made from a clear, smooth material that is virtually invisible when worn.

Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces and can be used to treat a wide range of dental issues, including the misalignment of teeth, gaps between the teeth, and overcrowding.

How Does Invisalign Straighten Teeth?

Invisalign treatment is customised to each patient and begins with creating a personalised treatment plan. This plan is used to design Invisalign trays specifically tailored to your mouth.

Once the trays are made, you will need to wear them for 20-22 hours a day. You will need to switch to a new tray every two weeks or so, and each new tray will move your teeth little by little, bringing your teeth closer to their desired position.

Invisalign treatment typically takes 9-15 months, but this will vary depending on the severity of your dental problem.

Who Are Good Candidates for Invisalign?

Invisalign is a popular orthodontic treatment that can successfully straighten teeth. However, not everyone is a good candidate for Invisalign. Here are the qualities of people who are considered good candidates for Invisalign treatment.

You have mild to moderate orthodontic problems.

Invisalign can help address mild to moderate dental problems such as the following:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Crossbite
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Open bite
  • Overbite
  • Teeth gaps
  • Underbite

If you have complex orthodontic issues, Invisalign may not be the right choice for you.

You have healthy teeth and gums.

You should have healthy teeth and gums before starting Invisalign treatment. This is because the aligners put pressure on your teeth, which can exacerbate any existing dental problems.

You don’t have any habits that could damage your aligners.

Habits like biting your nails or chewing on ice can damage your aligners, so you’ll have to replace them more often. This will lengthen the duration of your treatment and add to the overall cost of the treatment.

You do not smoke.

Smoking can cause many problems, including staining your teeth and increasing the risk of gum disease. If you smoke, you will need to quit before starting treatment.

You are committed to wearing your aligners as directed.

Invisalign requires a high level of commitment from the patient. You have to wear your aligners for at least 22 hours a day, and failure to do so can lengthen the duration of your treatment.

You are willing to commit to the treatment plan.

Aside from wearing the aligner trays for at least 22 hours a day, you will also need to replace them every two to three weeks. Abiding by the schedule and sequence of trays is crucial for the success of Invisalign treatment. Also, part of your personalised treatment plan will require you to visit your orthodontist for regular check-ups.

You have realistic expectations about Invisalign treatment.

Orthodontic treatment can take several months or even years to complete. It is important to have realistic expectations about your treatment timeline, especially if you have severe dental alignment problems.

A dentist or an orthodontist can determine your suitability for Invisalign. If you are considering Invisalign treatment, talk to your orthodontist to see if it is right for you.

What Are the Benefits of Invisalign Treatment?

There are many benefits of Invisalign treatment, including the following:

  • Comfortability: Invisalign aligners are made of smooth, BPA-free plastic that is comfortable to wear. There are no wires or brackets to rub against your gums or cheeks.
  • Removable: You can remove the aligners for eating and cleaning, so you don’t have to change your diet or oral hygiene routine during treatment.
  • Discreet: The aligners are practically invisible, so people won’t know you’re wearing them unless you tell them.
  • Predictable: The computer-aided design (CAD) technology used to create an Invisalign personalised treatment plan allows your dentist or orthodontist to accurately predict how your teeth will move during treatment. With Invisalign, you can see a virtual representation of your new smile before you even start wearing the aligners.
  • Fast: Depending on the severity of your misalignment issue, you may be able to achieve your desired results in as little as six months. Traditional braces typically require at least 18-24 months of wear.
  • Convenient: With Invisalign, there are fewer office visits because you will receive a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks. You can also remove the aligners to eat and brush your teeth, making it easier to maintain good oral hygiene during treatment.

All these benefits make Invisalign an attractive option for those looking to improve their smile.

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What Are the Possible Risks of Invisalign Treatment?

As with any medical treatment, there are possible risks and side effects associated with Invisalign. Some possible risks of Invisalign are the following:

Allergic reactions to the aligners

In some rare cases, patients may experience an allergic reaction to the materials used in Invisalign aligners. Symptoms can include itching, redness, and swelling of the lips, tongue, and gums. If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact your orthodontist or doctor immediately.

Discomfort

As your teeth shift during treatment, you may experience some discomfort. This is normal and should subside within a few days as your teeth get used to the aligners. If the discomfort persists or is severe, please get in touch with your orthodontist.

Difficulty eating

Some teeth may feel sore, especially after you’ve worn a new set of aligners, making it a little difficult to eat despite removing the tray. This can lead to decreased appetite and weight loss. To help you get the nutrients you need despite feeling tooth sensitivity, try eating softer foods and taking supplements as you adjust to your new Invisalign trays.

Infection

There is a small risk of infection associated with Invisalign treatment because aligners cover the teeth and can trap bacteria. It is important to practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly and keeping your aligners clean. If you experience any symptoms of infection (e.g., fever, excessive pain, swelling), please see your dentist immediately.

Damage to teeth

In rare cases, Invisalign treatment can damage teeth if the aligners are not used properly or if the patient does not follow their orthodontist’s instructions carefully. Patients should handle their aligners with care and avoid chewing on them or using them as tools (e.g., opening cans). If you notice any damage to your teeth, don’t hesitate to contact your orthodontist immediately.

Delay in treatment

In some cases, Invisalign treatment may take longer than traditional braces due to the need for multiple sets of aligners throughout treatment. This can be frustrating for patients expecting to have straighter teeth in a shorter time frame, but it is important to remember that everyone’s smile is unique and that the goal is a healthy, beautiful smile that will last a lifetime!

Cost

One potential downside of Invisalign treatment is that it is more expensive than traditional braces. However, many insurance companies offer coverage for orthodontic treatments like Invisalign, and financing options are available to help make treatment more affordable. You may ask your orthodontist at Comfort Care Dental for more information.

Relapse

As with any orthodontic treatment, there is always a risk of the teeth shifting or moving out of alignment after the treatment is completed. This is called relapse. To prevent this from happening, patients should wear their retainers as directed by their orthodontist following the completion of Invisalign treatment. Wearing your retainers as instructed will increase your chance of maintaining your beautiful new smile!

Overall, Invisalign is a safe and effective orthodontic treatment option, but it is important to know the possible risks before beginning treatment.

How Long Do the Results of Invisalign Treatment Last?

Invisalign treatment can last anywhere from 6 to 18 months, depending on how complex your treatment plan is. Treatment plans are individualised for each patient, so the length of time will vary depending on your specific needs.

Most patients can expect to see changes within the first six months. Once treatment is completed, the results of Invisalign are long-lasting.

It is important to wear a retainer to maintain the results of Invisalign treatment. Wearing a retainer as directed by your orthodontist will help prevent your teeth from shifting back into their original position. It is important to follow your orthodontist’s instructions for ideal results and wear your retainer as prescribed.

How Much Does Invisalign Cost?

This is a question that patients often ask, and there is no one-size-fits-all answer.

Generally, patients can expect to pay between $6,000 and $9,000 for Invisalign treatment. However, many different factors can affect how much treatment will ultimately cost. These include:

  • The severity of the problem being addressed: More complex dental problems may require more extensive treatment, which can increase the overall cost.
  • The length of treatment: Treatment plans vary depending on each patient’s needs. In general, longer treatment plans may be more expensive than shorter ones. However, treatment costs are often spread over several months or years, making it more affordable in the long run.
  • Whether or not insurance will cover part of the cost: Many dental insurance plans cover at least part of the cost of orthodontic treatment. Patients should check with their insurance provider to see how much cover they have for Invisalign.
  • Dentist’s experience: Dentists who are better experienced with Invisalign treatment usually charge more. However, the benefits often justify the cost as these dentists are better equipped to help you achieve your desired results.
  • Geographical location: Prices for Invisalign treatment can vary depending on the geographical location. Areas with a higher cost of living tend to have higher prices for dental care in general.

Before you commit to Invisalign, explore your money-saving options like insurance coverage, flexible financing, and payment plans.

Is Invisalign Worth It?

Invisalign is an excellent choice for people looking for a discreet way to correct a crooked smile. The clear aligners are virtually invisible, so no one will know you’re wearing them unless you tell them.

In addition to being practically invisible, Invisalign aligners are also removable. You can take them out to eat, brush, and floss your teeth.

If you’re looking for a teeth straightening option that is discreet, convenient, and easy to care for, Invisalign may be the right choice for you. While the upfront cost of Invisalign is higher than traditional braces, the convenience and aesthetic appeal of Invisalign often make it worth the investment.

Final Thoughts

Millions of people have already had great results with Invisalign, and you could be one of them.

If you’re interested in learning more about how Invisalign can straighten your teeth without the hassle of metal brackets or wires, visit our website or call Comfort Care Dental to schedule a consultation.

Our team is excited to help you achieve the beautiful smile that you deserve.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you eat with Invisalign?

You can eat with Invisalign, but there are a few things to keep in mind.

First, you’ll need to take the aligners out to eat, so it’s important to have a case on hand to store them safely.

Second, after eating, be sure to brush your teeth before putting the aligners back in. This is to remove any food particles that may be stuck in your aligners.

Finally, take note of the foods to avoid with Invisalign. Here is a list:

  • Sticky candy: This includes candies like caramels and taffy, which can get stuck in your aligners and be difficult to remove. Not to mention, they’re not great for your teeth!
  • Hard candy: Avoid hard candy like jawbreakers and lollipops, as they can crack or break your aligners.
  • Chewing gum: Gum can get stuck in your aligners like sticky candy, so it’s better to avoid it altogether.
  • Popcorn kernels: We all love popcorn, but those little kernels can get stuck in your aligners and be tough to remove. So, remove your aligners before eating popcorn.

Generally, it’s better to stick to soft foods that are easy to chew. Be sure to brush and floss after each meal to keep your teeth and aligners clean.

Is Invisalign treatment painful?

Invisalign treatment is not painful. Most patients report that Invisalign is much more comfortable than traditional braces. If you experience any discomfort during treatment, it is generally mild and goes away quickly.

Invisalign trays are made from a smooth, clear plastic that is gentle on the gums and cheeks. In contrast, metal braces can cause irritation and pain, especially when the brackets and wires rub against the inside of the mouth.


In addition, Invisalign trays are designed to fit snugly against the teeth, minimising discomfort. As a result, patients can enjoy a pain-free experience with Invisalign treatment.


While Invisalign is usually painless, some people may experience discomfort during treatment. Here are five possible causes of Invisalign pain.

  1. Teeth sensitivity: Some people may experience increased teeth sensitivity during Invisalign treatment. This is usually due to the pressure of the aligners on the teeth and gums.
  2. Sore gums: The aligners can also rub against the gum tissue, causing soreness or inflammation.
  3. Jaw pain: In some cases, Invisalign treatment can cause jaw pain or TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder.
  4. Headaches: In rare cases, Invisalign treatment can cause headaches. This is usually due to clenching or grinding of the teeth, which can be aggravated by the aligners.
  5. Allergic reaction: In rare cases, people may be allergic to the materials used in Invisalign aligners, which can cause itching, redness, and swelling. If you experience any of these symptoms, please get in touch with your orthodontist or doctor immediately.

Is there an age limit for Invisalign treatment?

Invisalign treatment is a great way to improve your smile, regardless of age. It is ideal for adults looking for a discreet way to straighten their teeth.


In general, Invisalign is most effective for people who have all of their adult teeth. This means that Invisalign is typically recommended for patients at least 16 years old. At this age, patients are usually responsible enough to care for their aligners and to keep them on at all times.


While Invisalign is often associated with teenagers, the reality is that anyone unhappy with their smile can benefit from Invisalign treatment. So, whether you’re in your twenties, thirties, forties, or beyond, don’t hesitate to talk to your dentist about Invisalign.


With Invisalign, you can finally achieve the smile of your dreams, no matter how old you are.

How do you care for your Invisalign aligners?

Proper care is important to ensure that Invisalign will work properly and last as long as possible. Here are ten tips on how to care for Invisalign aligners:

  1. Always brush your teeth before putting in your aligners. This will help to remove any food particles or plaque that could become trapped in the aligners and cause them to become stained or odorous.
  2. Be sure to floss between your teeth every day. Flossing will help keep your teeth and gums healthy and prevent the aligners’ staining.
  3. Rinse your aligners with lukewarm water before putting them back in your mouth. This will help remove any bacteria or debris that may have accumulated on the aligners.
  4. Avoid eating hard or sticky foods while wearing your aligners, as these can damage the aligners or cause them to become dislodged from your teeth. If you eat anything hard or sticky, brush and floss afterwards to remove any residue from your teeth and aligners.
  5. Store your aligners in a clean, dry place when you are not wearing them. This will help prevent them from becoming stained or distorted.
  6. Never leave your aligners in hot water, as this can damage them. If you need to clean them, disinfect them with Invisalign’s Cleaning Crystals or soak them in a denture-cleaning solution overnight. Avoid exposure to extreme temperatures, as this can warp the aligners.
  7. Bring your orthodontic aligners with you when you see your dentist or orthodontist so that they can check your progress and make sure they are still fitting properly.
  8. Please do not attempt to adjust or repair your aligners, as this can damage them beyond repair. If you think they need to be adjusted, bring them back to your orthodontist so they can do it properly.
  9. Avoid smoking while you’re wearing your aligners. Smoking can discolour the aligners and make them difficult to clean.

Keep up with regular dental appointments even after you finish wearing Invisalign, as good oral hygiene is essential for maintaining the results of your Invisalign treatment.

Author

Dr. Karthik Lakkaraju

For Dr Karthik, dentistry is the complete package. He most enjoys the feeling he gets when he sees a patient achieve a beautiful smile, or can put an end to pain and increase the quality of life. He believes oral health is a mirror of general health and reflects the person’s personality and confidence.

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