Invisalign® FAQ Columbus, OH

How long will I wear Invisalign®?

Once your customized aligners are ready to go, you’ll need to wear them 20-22 hours a day. Then, all you’ve got to do is simply pop in a new set of aligners every two weeks. In general, treatment time is 12-18 months, but the length of the digital plan mapped out by your dentist depends on your specific goals and how much you wear your aligners. Each set of aligners will gently move your teeth into place and transform your smile.

Is Invisalign® treatment painful?

Since Invisalign® shifts your teeth, it’s quite common for patients to feel a small bit of pressure the first day or 2 of wearing a new set of aligners. Typically, the pain is minimal, and patients can adequately control the slightest discomfort with over-the-counter medications.

Can you eat with Invisalign® in?

Good question. You take your aligners out when you are eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing, and if necessary, for special occasions. But remember, for optimal results, you will need to wear your removable aligners 20-22 hours a day. The advantage to having to take your aligners out to eat is that it frees you up to eat whatever you want—no restrictions!

What foods can you not eat with Invisalign®?

When it comes to conventional braces, there’s a long list of food you cannot eat. But the beauty of Invisalign® is that it straightens your teeth without restricting your diet. Your invisible aligners are removable, so you are able take them out at any time and eat whatever foods you choose.

How often should you clean your Invisalign® aligners?

It is important to brush your teeth and your aligners after every meal. This will keep them from becoming stained. To brush your aligners, simply clean them with a toothbrush, toothpaste, and lukewarm water. Water that gets too hot can potentially warp the plastic.

Am I a good candidate for Invisalign treatment?

Whether you have had braces and your teeth have moved and become crooked again or you’ve never had orthodontic treatment before, Invisalign is an excellent solution for most cases. Invisalign corrects tooth position without using traditional metal braces and bonded brackets and wires.

Invisalign is an effective procedure for A-P (Anterior- Posterior) Corrections which involve rubber bands that are placed on the aligner trays to help move your jaw as a unit. This addresses problems, such as edge-to-edge bite and excessive over-jet and under-jet (often called “overbite”). If your case includes one of these issues, Invisalign may be the ideal solution for you.

How much does Invisalign® cost?

Up until this point, you may be wondering if there are any similarities between Invisalign® and conventional braces. One! The cost of Invisalign® is very similar to the cost of metal braces. But just like your teeth, we know every financial situation is different, and we want to make sure you get the smile you deserve. We recommend you have a consultation with us where we can present all possible costs upfront and help you understand your insurance benefits.