How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign and braces both use similar principles to move the teeth slowly into a more ideal position for a more pleasing
appearance and better functionality. Invisalign uses clear aligners that fit over the entire arch of your teeth, rather
than brackets fastened to your teeth, and uses timing as well as controlled forces to dictate which teeth move when. Your
doctor will create a plan for this that is specific to your needs and goals. The shape of the aligners is custom designed
for the current shape and position of your teeth and the desired result. You wear each set for about two weeks before
progressing to the next, gradually shifting to the final position. The average number of aligners for a full treatment plan
falls between 18 and 30, but the number varies from case to case.
How many hours a day will I wear the aligners?
The treatment plan dictates wearing the aligners for 20 – 22 hours per day, both awake and asleep, and only removing them
for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. It is also possible to remove them for a special event, such as a wedding or
Will my speech be affected when wearing Invisalign?
Any orthodontic appliances will require a short adjustment period, so you may have a bit of a lisp for a few days until
your mouth and tongue get used to having them in your mouth. It’s a short-lived effect.
Will my insurance cover Invisalign treatment?
Insurance plans vary widely, though most plans that contain orthodontic coverage will apply to Invisalign, as well. Please
contact our office if you’d like us to do a complimentary benefits check to see what your specific plan will cover.
How many people have been treated with Invisalign?
In the last decade or so, over 2 million patients have successfully corrected a wide variety of dental challenges with
Invisalign. Orthodontists were involved in the product’s development, and dental practices all over the world offer this
treatment to their patients.
Do Invisalign aligners contain Bisphenol-A (BPA)?
No. The materials used to create Invisalign aligners are made from USP Class VI medical grade, high molecular weight,
polyurethane resins. Studies and tests have determined these materials to be biologically compatible and safe for use in a
person’s mouth, and Invisalign is approved by the FDA. Of course, as with any treatment, Dr. Raman will review your personal
situation to analyze any risks there may be.
I had braces a long time ago, and my teeth have shifted since then. Can Invisalign correct this?
Invisalign is a fantastic option for returning the smile you worked so hard to obtain through original treatment, because it
is so quick and discreet. Shifting often occurs into adulthood after braces are removed, and many Invisalign patients have
come to us for just this reason.
How do I know if I should use braces or Invisalign?
Every patient’s situation is unique. We offer a complimentary evaluation to determine if your best treatment options are
traditional braces, Invisalign, or a combination of the two. With any of these options, AcceleDent™ may be another possibility
to help speed up the progression of your treatment.
What foods do I have to avoid while in treatment?
None! The aligners slip right out, so you can eat and drink whatever you want while in treatment. In fact, you’re required to
remove your aligners to eat and drink. That means there’s no automatic list of foods or beverages you aren’t allowed to eat,
unless instructed otherwise by your doctor. Please don’t chew gum with the aligners in, because it will stick, and make sure
to brush your teeth after each meal before inserting the aligners for the easiest upkeep of your oral hygiene and to keep your
Does smoking stain the aligners the way it can stain teeth?
Yes, smoking is known to discolor the aligner material, so doing so while in treatment is highly discouraged.
Can Invisalign treatment hurt?
When each set of aligners is placed in the mouth, the new angle of controlled forces can cause a feeling of pressure or discomfort
for some patients. This generally lasts no more than a couple of days and is a sign that the treatment is working.
How do I clean my aligners?
You can obtain an Invisalign cleaning kit via www.invisalignstore.com, or simply brush them and rinse them in lukewarm water.
What kinds of problems does Invisalign treat?
Almost anything that braces can improve, so can Invisalign. This includes small changes for crowding, spaces, or crooked teeth,
or bigger changes to solve overbites, underbites, and crossbites.
What other benefits might I receive from using Invisalign to correct my issues?
When teeth are aligned properly, gums often “fit” better around them, leaving less room for periodontal issues like gingivitis
and gum disease. Because the aligners are removable, regular dental hygiene (brushing and flossing) is easier, which helps avoid
some of the marks that can develop on teeth while braces and wires are present. Additionally, it is easier to access some areas
of certain teeth after correction has occurred. If you start out with a problematic bite, correcting it can make it easier to
chew and speak and even prevent or improve TMJ problems. And finally, properly aligned teeth put less pressure on the bone in
the jaw, which can reduce wear and tear over time.
This is just a sampling of often-asked questions. Have one of your own? Don’t hesitate
to give us a call at (803) 462-4437 so we can assist you.