Invisalign is a very straightforward orthodontic procedure – you wear your invisible aligners for the majority of every day for an average of 12 months until your teeth are in alignment. But that’s a simplistic way of looking at this modern innovation and you no doubt have plenty of questions about Invisalign. Here are the answers to the most common Invisalign questions.
How often do I have to wear Invisalign?
Invisalign must be worn 20 to 22 hours a day, every day, throughout the entire course of your treatment. The only time Invisalign should be removed is for meals, snacks, and brushing and flossing your teeth.
How does Invisalign work?
Your Invisalign treatment is customized to your mouth and alignment needs. The aligners are designed to move certain teeth at certain times during your treatment, which requires dedication and responsibility on the part of the wearer to keep the aligners in as their dentist has an indicated and change the aligners when indicated.
Does Invisalign hurt?
All orthodontic treatments are designed to move your teeth from one position to another, and that will not be painless, but patients usually describe a feeling of mild discomfort or pressure until they get used to the tightness of their newest set of Invisalign aligners. You want to experience this feeling because it confirms that your teeth are indeed shifting and Invisalign is doing its job. What you are avoiding with Invisalign most certainly is the potential pain of sharp and jagged traditional metal brackets and wires.
Can I eat with Invisalign?
No, it is not recommended that you eat while wearing Invisalign. Drinking water is fine, but any other foods or beverages could stain or discolor your aligners, and the pressure of chewing could crack or damage the aligners. The benefit of Invisalign is that you can remove the aligners when you want to eat, so there is no need to leave them in when you have a snack or meal.
How do I clean Invisalign aligners?
It is necessary to clean your Invisalign aligners daily, sometimes multiple times a day. Rinse your aligners with water when you take them out to remove any saliva or bacteria, and do you best to rinse the aligners before putting them back in your mouth after a meal. It’s also wise to brush your teeth before putting the aligners back in so you don’t trap bacteria between your teeth and the aligner for hours at a time. Clean your aligners nightly in a solution recommended by your dentist, and gently brush them (though not with toothpaste) for maximum cleanliness. Even though you may only wear each set of Invisalign aligners for a few weeks at a time, you want to keep them as clear and clean as possible so that they indeed remain invisible aligners and your teeth are not exposed to unnecessary bacteria.
What are Invisalign attachments?
Because Invisalign is meant to fit as snugly as possible against your teeth, some patients will need what are called “attachments” or “ridges” to help the aligners securely grip the teeth. These attachments are very small enamel-colored bumps that are temporarily attached to your teeth and buffed off when they are no longer needed. Talk to your Manhattan dentist about whether or not you will need attachments before you begin treatment.
Do I have to wear retainers after I’ve finished Invisalign treatment?
Yes. If you want your teeth to remain in their newly aligned position, retainers are an absolute must. Your dentist may recommend that you wear your last set of Invisalign aligners for a little longer than usual until your teeth are stabilized. After that, some patients have the option of having permanent retainers attached behind their upper and lower teeth. In many cases, retainers are only recommended for permanent wear for six to 12 months and then nighttime wear becomes the only instruction. Discuss the retainer possibilities for your teeth with your dentist before you start Invisalign treatment.
Can any dentist provide me with Invisalign?
It is necessary for dentists to complete specialized instruction in order to become an Invisalign provider. Dr. Sandip Sachar and Dr. Katherine Wong are certified Invisalign dentists in Manhattan , with a great deal of experience in fitting patients with Invisalign.
Make your appointment with Dr. Sachar or Dr. Wong at Sachar Dental in Midtown to find out whether you’re an ideal candidate for Invisalign, and to ask any other questions you may have about this revolutionary treatment.