Invisalign® FAQ

Invisalign® FAQ

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 new aligner. This is a sign that your teeth are moving 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 anyway, but cigarette smoke will discolour the aligners.

A. Brushing them with toothpaste will keep them fresh and clean.

A. Regular visits are every six weeks to ensure that your Invisalign treatment is progressing as planned.

A. You will need to wear retainers at night to maintain the new position of your teeth, but this wear is usually reduced over time.

A. Treatment time varies depending on the severity of the misaligned teeth. Treatment time is sometimes less than traditional braces, between 12 and 18 months.

A. Invisalign is not really suitable for people whose jaws are still growing. Generally, we use Invisalign for adult patients only.