Invisalign FAQ

Invisalign Frequently Asked Questions

At Lunsford McCaffrey Orthodontics, we want to make your orthodontic treatment journey as easy and smooth as possible, and ensure that all of your questions are answered. If you are interested in Invisalign to straighten and perfect your smile, we’ve got the answers for you. Our orthodontic team in West Palm Beach, Florida has put together a list of frequently asked questions about Invisalign. Check out the questions below and if you do not find your question, please do not hesitate to call the Lunsford McCaffrey Orthodontics office.

What Is Invisalign?

What Is InvisalignInvisalign is an orthodontic appliance used to treat crooked or misaligned teeth. Orthodontists usually recommend Invisalign to patients with minor to moderate orthodontic needs, as it cannot treat severe orthodontic problems. Invisalign consists of two clear plastic aligners to slowly move your teeth to the desired position.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Over the course of your orthodontic treatment, you will be given a series of aligners. Each one will make slight adjustments to tooth position, a process that is planned out in advance, specifically to meet your needs. The aligners put consistent pressure on the teeth, causing them to shift from their current positions. Every 2 weeks, you will change your aligners until your teeth are correctly aligned according to the precise treatment plan developed by your orthodontist in West Palm Beach.

How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Last?

The length of treatment is patient dependent and specific. The average Invisalign treatment case takes about 12-18 months.

What Is Invisalign Teen & How Does It Work?

Invisalign Teen is just like regular Invisalign but with a couple of notable differences. Invisalign Teen aligners come with tiny compliance indicators which fade as the aligners are worn to tell the patient, parents and orthodontist whether the aligners are being worn as directed. The aligners also have ‘eruption tabs’ built right in which hold space for permanent teeth that have yet to erupt through the gums.

Are There Food Restrictions?

No, the Invisalign aligners are designed to be removed when eating and drinking. You can continue to enjoy all your favorite foods while you’re improving your smile with Invisalign. (Although, our patients who have attachments on their teeth with Invisalign treatment do need to be careful eating crunchy foods).

How Often Should I Wear My Aligners?

In order for Invisalign to work properly, the aligners must be worn for 22+ hours each day. They should only be taken out when eating or drinking and when brushing or flossing. In addition, if you play a contact sport it is recommended to remove aligners during the activity.

How Do I Clean My AlignersHow Do I Clean My Aligners?

Simply brush the aligners gently using a small dab of toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush and then rinse them off when done. A good time to clean your aligners is when you are brushing and flossing your teeth. Never use hot water when cleaning the aligners because it can warp the plastic which would render the aligners unwearable.

How Will My Speech Sound When Wearing The Invisalign Aligners?

It is natural for your speech to sound slightly different when you first start wearing the Invisalign aligners. However, by practicing talking aloud or singing, your speech will return to normal very quickly.

Is It Painful To Be Treated With Invisalign?

While it is not painful to be treated with Invisalign, you can expect to feel some soreness and minor discomfort for the first few days with each aligner in the series.

Why Is Invisalign So Popular?

Teens and adults with Invisalign enjoy the fact that the aligners are virtually invisible, giving them the confidence to smile broadly throughout the course of their treatment. Another loved feature of Invisalign is the fact that there are no restrictions on what you can eat. And, since there are no wires to tighten and adjust, Invisalign patients enjoy having to make fewer orthodontic appointments over the course of their treatment.

Will I Have To Wear A Retainer When I’m Finished With Invisalign?

Yes, you will need to wear a retainer according to the directions we give you to ensure that your teeth remain in their new positions.

Call Lunsford McCaffrey Orthodontics For Invisalign Today!

Are you interested in Invisalign treatment? If so, don’t wait any longer, call Lunsford McCaffrey Orthodontics in West Palm Beach, Florida today. Our team will be more than happy to answer any of your questions and ease your concerns. The time to straighten your teeth is now and we can help. Schedule your next appointment by calling us directly or filling out our easy online form. We hope to see you soon!

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