Invisalign FAQs

Here are the answers to our most frequently asked questions about the Invisalign clear aligners we offer at Mayflower Bayside Dental in Glace Bay.

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Invisalign FAQs

View the answers to our most frequently asked questions about Invisalign.

What are Invisalign clear aligners?

The Invisalign clear aligners are clear, custom-fitted aligners that straighten your teeth without using metal wires or brackets.

We use 3D computer imaging technology during the consultation process to establish a treatment plan based on your individual smile.

A series of custom clear aligners will be manufactured to fit your teeth precisely during each stage of the Invisalign treatment process.

How does the Invisalign process work?

Invisalign's clear plastic aligners are designed to move your teeth in tiny increments throughout your treatment. You will wear each aligner for an estimated two weeks before it is replaced by the next one in the series.

This process will continue until your teeth are in their prescribed and fixed positions. The duration of your Invisalign treatment will be determined by your dentist based on your specific needs.

How long does Invisalign treatment take?

Your dentist will determine the length of your treatment with Invisalign based on your specific needs.

Factors that could determine the duration of your treatment include the misalignment of your teeth or jaw, the shape of your bite, and the amount of movement needed to fix the problem.

What are Invisalign aligners made of?

The Invisalign aligners are made with USP Class VI medical-grade, high molecular weight, polyurethane resins. It is BPA-free.

How often do I have to visit the dentist?

Since Invisalign aligners require no adjustments or tightening – you just swap to a new set of aligners about every two weeks – your dentist will schedule brief appointments with you every 4 - 6 weeks.

At these dental appointments, your dentist will review your progress and general oral health, answer any questions you have, and make any needed adjustments to your treatment.

What are the primary features of Invisalign?

Invisalign aligners are:

  • A more discreet and transparent solution
  • Smooth construction to help enhance comfort
  • Don't require adjustment appointments
  • Removable for eating, brushing, and flossing

How much does Invisalign cost?

The cost of your treatment will depend on the severity of your case and the length of your treatment. For instance, the more severe the malocclusion, the more aligners you'll need and the more your treatment will cost.

How will Invisalign fit my lifestyle?

You might find that Invisalign fits fairly comfortably into your day-to-day life.

You can take your aligners out whenever you need to eat or brush and floss your teeth. That means absolutely no dietary restrictions, and brushing and flossing are just as easy as ever.

Are there any food or drink restrictions?

Invisalign aligners are removable, so you can take them out to eat. As a result, there are no dietary restrictions when it comes to Invisalign, so you can continue to eat all the foods you love!

To help avoid staining your clear aligners, we suggest removing them when you consume beverages like wine, coffee, or dark soda beverages.

How many sets of aligners will I need?

The answer to this question will depend on the severity of your misalignment.

Only your dentist can give you an exact estimate of how long your treatment will take, based on a careful evaluation of your bite during an initial consultation.

Can adults use Invisalign?

Yes! Anyone that has healthy teeth and gums is a potential candidate for Invisalign.

Can teenagers use Invisalign?

Yes! Teens can be candidates for Invisalign. Invisalign has created a line of aligners to meet the unique needs of teenagers.

Invisalign Teen aligners have compliance indicators on them which are small blue dots that fade away after the aligners have been worn for two full weeks. This helps teens stay on track with their treatment.

They also come with eruption tabs that provide space for second molars and prevent them from growing crooked.

How often do I have to change my Invisalign aligners?

Most patients switch to their next set of aligners every two weeks or so. Your dentist will tell you exactly how often you should switch out your aligners.

How do I clean my aligners?

Rinse your aligners each time you remove them to wash away dry saliva and plaque that can result in dental decay and bad breath.

Soak your aligners using a denture cleaner, Retainer Brite, and/or the official Invisalign cleaning crystals.

Brush and floss your teeth before putting your aligners back in. Good oral hygiene is key to maintaining healthy teeth and avoiding cavities and decay. Failing to brush and floss properly can trap food debris and bacteria between your teeth and aligner, increasing your risk of dental problems and bad breath.

Clean your aligners with a clear, anti-bacterial soft soap. Clear anti-bacterial soap could be an excellent and inexpensive way to keep your aligners clear, fresh, and free from harmful bacteria.

Brush your aligners gently so as not to scratch them, and then rinse off the soap. Then you're done!

Can I play sports with Invisalign?

Invisalign aligners are removable so you should be able to play sports without worrying about causing damage to your aligners.

However, keep in mind that Invisalign aligners must be kept in for a minimum of 22 hours a day, so plan your time carefully.

You might want to invest in a sports mouthguard to protect your teeth, as orthodontic treatment can cause your teeth to loosen slightly as they shift into their new positions, and this can make them more susceptible to damage.

Can I play my instrument with Invisalign?

Yes! Simply remove your aligners to practice playing your instrument, and pop them back in when you're done.

How do I store my aligners?

Your Invisalign aligners will come with a case, and this is where we recommend putting your aligners whenever you take them out to keep them safe.

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