Invisalign Frequently Asked Questions
Typically, the Invisalign system is successful at treating various orthodontic and dental cases such as:
- Tooth crowding
- Gaps or wide tooth spacing
- Mild to moderate overbite
- Mild to moderate underbite
With that in mind, there is a good chance that Invisalign will fit your particular needs and give you the results you want. Invisalign is a system designed for both teenagers and adults, so if you are wondering if it will fit your life, the answer is yes! As always, a no-fee consultation is suggested in order to determine the best course of treatment for your particular case and to what extent Invisalign can help. Call Roeder Orthodontics today at 828-274-2500 to schedule a free consultation with us!
For more information, read the most common Invisalign FAQs below.
1. How long does Invisalign treatment take?
The length of treatment depends on the severity of your oral condition. Mild to moderate crowding, overbite, underbite, cross bite and gaps can all be corrected with Invisalign. The average case takes about 12 months for adults. The length of time necessary for a teen patient may vary, but treatment completion usually takes about 18 months. Dr. Roeder will be able to assess your condition and give you a proper time estimate for treatment. Time estimates are usually accurate if the patient faithfully wears the clear aligner between 20 – 22 hours a day, as directed.
2. Can I just wear the aligners while I sleep?
No. The Invisalign system’s success depends on consistent applied pressure to the teeth. If there is significant interruption in the pressure, teeth will not move successfully, and teeth could possibly even revert back to previous positions. The aligners must be in place a minimum of 20 to 22 hours a day, as directed by Dr. Roeder for the treatment to be effective.
3. Will wearing Invisalign aligners affect my speech?
Similar to other orthodontic treatments, Invisalign aligners may temporarily affect the speech of some people, and you may have a slight lisp for a day or two while your mouth and lips adjust to the aligners. In a short amount of time, your will also adjust to the aligners in your mouth, and any lisp or speech difficulty should disappear. Please contact Dr. Roeder if you experience ongoing or uncomfortable speech patterns.
4. How will Invisalign effectively move my teeth?
Through the use of our patented thermoplastic design, Invisalign aligners move your teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force. The main difference is that Invisalign not only controls the force, but also the timing of the force application. During each stage, only certain teeth are allowed to move. These movements are determined by Dr. Roeder as he maps out your unique Invisalign treatment plan.
5. What are the primary benefits of Invisalign?
- Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible. No one may even notice that you’re wearing them, making Invisalign a seamless fit with your lifestyle.
- Invisalign aligners are removable. For the best results and a timely outcome, aligners should be worn for 20 to 22 hours per day. However, unlike with braces, you have the flexibility to remove your aligners to eat and drink what you want during treatment. And you can also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would, for fresh breath and good oral hygiene.
- There are no metal brackets or wires. Metal and ceramic brackets can sometimes cause irritation.
- Less time in the orthodontist chair. Since your appointments will not involve metal or wire adjustments, you’ll spend less time at appointments. You’ll come into Roeder Orthodontics once every 8 weeks and get your next set of aligners. The aligners will be changed out weekly.
- Invisalign allows you to view your virtual results and treatment plan. Before starting treatment, you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete. Instead of imagining how much better it can be, you’ll be able to see it for yourself.
6. How do I get started with Invisalign?
The first step in getting started, is contacting Roeder Orthodontics at 828-274-2500 for your free consultation with Dr. Roeder and his team!
7. How often will I see Dr. Roeder for treatment?
Dr. Roeder will schedule ongoing regular appointments every eight weeks, through the completion of your treatment. You’ll come into Roeder Orthodontics, pick up your next sets of aligners, receive a quick assessment, and be on your way! You’ll switch out your aligners on a weekly basis in order to move your teeth into optimal position.
8. Will Invisalign treatment be painful?
While Invisalign moves your teeth without the pain and anxiety metal braces can cause, some people experience temporary discomfort for a few days at the beginning of each new stage of treatment. This is normal and is typically described as a feeling of pressure. It’s also a sign that Invisalign is working, as it moves your teeth to their final destination. This discomfort typically goes away in a couple of days.
9. Are there eating restrictions during treatment?
No. Thanks to the removable aligners, you can eat and drink whatever you want while in treatment. In fact, you’re supposed to remove your aligners before eating and drinking. So, unlike undergoing traditional treatment using wires and brackets, there is no need to restrict your consumption of any of your favorite foods and snacks unless you are instructed otherwise by your doctor. Also, it is important that you brush your teeth after each meal and prior to reinserting your aligners to maintain fresh breath and proper hygiene.
10. Will smoking stain the aligners?
Dr. Roeder discourages smoking while wearing aligners because it is possible for the aligners to become discolored or stained.
11. Can I drink alcohol with the aligners in?
Because of the high sugar content in alcohol, a moderate amount would be fine to consume, as long as care is taken to clean the teeth and the aligners soon after so as not to trap sugar between them. The same applies for any sugary beverage. Sugar can break down the tooth and cause cavities, which is why brushing after sugar consumption is important.
12. Can I chew gum while wearing aligners?
No, gum will stick to the aligners and create a big mess. We recommend removing your aligners for all meals and snacks, including chewing gum.
13. How often must I wear my aligners?
Invisalign is most effective when worn 20 to 22 hours per day and removed only for eating, brushing and flossing. Letting long periods of time elapse between aligner wear can delay tooth movement and extend your treatment time.
14. Can the aligners slip off while I am asleep?
It is very unlikely that your aligners would ever fall out, no matter what you were doing at the time: sleeping, talking, laughing, dancing, etc. The aligners are designed to fit firmly on the teeth, so this should not be a cause for concern.
15. What are the aligners made of?
The virtually invisible aligners, which are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for the Invisalign treatment plan, look similar to teeth-whitening trays. They are sleek and smooth, for the most comfortable experience possible. A series of Invisalign aligners are custom-made for you, to move your teeth in the sequence determined by Dr. Roeder.
16. Has the FDA cleared Invisalign?
Invisalign aligners are classified as Class II medical devices by the FDA, and Align Technology, Inc., received the necessary 510K clearance from the FDA to be able to sell and market the Invisalign system in 1998.
17. How old do you have to be for Invisalign treatment?
Invisalign Teen is system designed especially for for teens, and young adults. It is appropriate for patients who have shed all of their baby teeth and have second molars at least partially erupted. The standard Invisalign system is appropriate for adults. Contact Dr. Roeder to see if you or your teen qualifies for treatment through Invisalign.
18. What's the best way to clean my aligners?
The best way to clean your aligners is to use the Invisalign cleaning kit, available for order at Invisalign Store As a secondary method, your aligners can be simply cleaned by brushing them and rinsing them in lukewarm water.
We hope the following answers to common Invisalign questions help you get a better understanding about Invisalign and how it can work for you. Roeder Orthodontics serves patients throughout W. North Carolina including, Asheville, Weaverville, Black Mountain, Fletcher, and Canton. Please give Roeder Orthodontics a call at 828-274-2500 to set up a free Invisalign consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Roeder.