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Learn more about Invisalign clear aligners from Landmark Dental Centre.
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- What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a series of clear aligners custom-fit to your bite that straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets.
Using advanced 3D computer imaging technology during the consultation process, we will create a treatment plan based on your unique smile.
A series of custom clear aligners will then be manufactured to fit your teeth precisely during each stage of your personalized Invisalign treatment.
- How does the Invisalign process work?
Invisalign clear plastic aligners are designed to move your teeth in tiny increments throughout your treatment. You will wear each aligner for about two weeks before replacing it with the next one in the series.
This process will continue until your teeth are in their prescribed, corrected positions. The duration of your Invisalign treatment will be specified by your dentist based on your needs.
- How long does Invisalign treatment take?
Your dentist will determine how long your Invisalign treatment should take based on your specific needs.
Factors that may determine the duration of your treatment include the misalignment of your teeth or jaw, the shape of your bite, and the amount of movement required to correct the problem.
- What are Invisalign aligners made of?
Invisalign aligners are made with BPA-free USP Class VI medical-grade, high molecular weight polyurethane resins.
- How often do I have to visit the dentist?
Invisalign aligners don't require adjustments or tightening – you just switch to a new set of aligners every two weeks. This means that your dentist will schedule brief appointments with you every 4 to 6 weeks.
During these appointments, your dentist will take the opportunity to review your progress and general oral health, answer your questions, and adjust your treatment as required.
- What are the primary features of Invisalign?
The features of Invisalign include:
- A discreet, low-profile appearance
- Smooth construction for a more comfortable fit
- No need for adjustment appointments
- Removable for eating, drinking, brushing and flossing
- How much does Invisalign cost?
The cost of your treatment will depend on the specifics of your case and the duration of your treatment. For instance, the more severe the misalignment of your bite, the more aligners you'll need and the more your treatment will cost.
In many cases, the cost of Invisalign is comparable to that of traditional orthodontic treatment (braces).
- What financing options do you offer?
- How will Invisalign fit my lifestyle?
You may find that Invisalign integrates easily into your day-to-day life.
You can remove whenever you need to eat, drink, brush and floss. That means no dietary restrictions, and you'll be able to brush and floss thoroughly and consistently.
- Are there any food or drink restrictions?
Invisalign aligners are removable, meaning you can take them out to eat. Because of this, there are no dietary restrictions when it comes to Invisalign, so you can continue to eat all the foods you love!
To avoid staining your clear aligners, we recommend taking them out when you consume beverages such as wine, coffee, or dark sodas.
- How many sets of aligners will I need?
The answer to this question will depend on the specifics of your case.
Your dentist is the only one who can give you an accurate estimate of how many aligners you will need, based on a careful evaluation of your bite during an initial consultation.
- Can adults use Invisalign?
Yes! Any adult with healthy teeth and gums could be a potential candidate for Invisalign.
More people are deciding to undergo orthodontic treatment these days, in large part because options like Invisalign have become available.
- Can teenagers use Invisalign?
Yes! Teens can be candidates for treatment with Invisalign. In fact, Invisalign has created a line of aligners to meet the unique needs of teenagers.
Invisalign Teen aligners have indicators on them (small blue dots that fade away after the aligners have been worn for two full weeks) to help teens stay on track with their treatment.
They are also designed with eruption tabs that provide space for second molars and prevent them from growing in crooked.
- How often do I have to change my Invisalign aligners?
For most patients, the time between sets of aligners is about two weeks. However, every case is different and your dentist will tell you exactly how often you should switch out your aligners.
- How do I clean my aligners?
Rinse your aligners every time you remove them to wash away dry saliva and plaque that can result in tooth decay and bad breath.
Soak your aligners with denture cleaner, Retainer Brite, and/or Invisalign cleaning crystals.
Brush and floss your teeth before you put your aligners back in. Good oral hygiene practices are 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 unpleasant breath.
When cleaning your aligners use a clear, anti-bacterial soft soap. Clear anti-bacterial soap is 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 can play sports without worrying about damaging 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.
We also suggest investing 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. This can make them more susceptible to damage.
- Can I play my instrument with Invisalign?
Yes! Simply take out 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 you should put your aligners whenever you take them out.