Invisalign® clear aligners offer many advantages over traditional metal braces. For example, clear aligners are a discreet orthodontic option for both teens and adults. They also allow you to continue eating your favorite foods during orthodontic treatment.
Invisalign® Clear Aligners FAQ
Here’s what else you need to know about Invisalign clear aligners.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign is a series of clear plastic aligners that fit perfectly over your teeth. The snug fit and the clear material make these aligners nearly invisible. This means that most people won’t even realize that you’re wearing aligners unless they’re standing close.
The aligners exert constant but gentle pressure on your teeth, which moves them into optimal alignment. Our dentists use Invisalign to safely and effectively move teeth so you can enjoy a healthier, more attractive smile.
What is the Average Treatment Time?
In general, the average length of Invisalign treatment is 12 to 18 months. But it’s important to remember that each patient is different. The more complex the tooth movements, the longer treatment will take. Likewise, minor adjustments will take less time to complete.
How Long Do I Need to Wear My Aligners Each Day?
You’ll need to wear your Invisalign clear aligners at least 20 to 22 hours per day. This means that you should only be removing your aligners to floss, brush, eat, or drink anything other than water. Otherwise, you’ll fall behind on your progress and extend your treatment time.
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Do I Need to Avoid Eating Certain Foods?
No, you can enjoy an unlimited diet during. This is because Invisalign clear aligners are removable. Just make sure you place your aligners in their case when they’re not in your mouth. This will protect them from being crushed or thrown out by accident.
When you’re done eating, brush your teeth so you don’t stain your clear aligners. This will also help prevent food particles from being trapped between your aligners and your teeth for hours on end, which can lead to cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues.
We recommend carrying a travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste with you while you’re on the go. This will make it easier to practice good oral hygiene and take care of your aligners while you’re out in public.
How Do I Clean My Aligners?
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with gentle toothpaste to clean your aligners twice a day. Always use lukewarm water to clean your Invisalign aligners—never hot. Otherwise, you risk warping the plastic material. For this reason, you should also never boil your aligners or run them through the dishwasher. If you don’t want to brush your aligners, we recommend using the .
Request an Appointment with Us
Our Invisalign dentists in Ann Arbor, Michigan, are accepting new patients and would be more than happy to determine if you’re a candidate for clear aligners. To schedule an appointment, please call Enhance Family Dentistry at (734) 821-7676. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.