Frequently Asked Questions
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How Does Invisalign Straighten My Teeth?
What are Invisalign aligners made of, and what do they look like?
The aligners are virtually invisible, so they are not noticeable like traditional metal braces are. The aligners are made of a thermoplastic material and custom designed for your personalized treatment plan. They look similar to teeth-whitening trays.
How will Invisalign effectively move my teeth?
Invisalign aligners move your teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force, which is part of their patented thermoplastic design. Invisalign technology controls the amount of force and the timing of the force, so that only certain teeth move during each stage, as determined by your doctor in your treatment plan. Your Invisalign providers in Council Bluffs and Carter Lake will assess your case and design your custom clear braces to fit your treatment plan.
How long will the treatment take?
The length of treatment varies between patients, and depends on the severity of your case. Your Council Bluffs or Carter Lake Invisalign dentist will determine the length of your treatment, which on average is about 12 months for adults.
What are attachments for Invisalign treatment?
Some cases require “attachments” or “ridges” to help the aligners grip to your teeth. Attachments are small pieces of enamel-colored composite that your doctor affixes onto your teeth, which the aligners grip onto. The ridges are slim indentations in your aligners. Your doctor will use one or both of these features to attempt to achieve the desired tooth movement.
How Does Invisalign Affect My Daily Life?
Can I just wear the aligners while I sleep?
No – the aligners must be in place a minimum of 20-22 hours a day for the treatment to be effective.
Will wearing Invisalign aligners affect my speech?
Similar to other orthodontic treatments, some people may experience a slight lisp for a day or two when they first begin Invisalign treatment. However, this effect is temporary and your tongue will quickly adjust to eliminate the lisp.
Will smoking stain the aligners?
It is discouraged to smoke while wearing Invisalign aligners, because the aligners may become discolored.
Can the aligners slip off while I’m asleep?
It is very unlikely that your aligners would ever fall out, because they are designed to fit firmly on the teeth. There is no need to worry about aligners falling off, whether you are sleeping, talking, laughing, etc.
More Questions About Invisalign
How many patients have been treated with Invisalign?
More than 3 million patients worldwide have been treated with Invisalign!
What does it mean when you say Invisalign aligners are BPA free?
Invisalign aligners do not contain Bisphenol-A or phthalate plasticizers. The aligners are made with USP Class VI medical-grade, high molecular weight, polyurethane resins. Tests have been conducted and show that these materials pass all regulatory requirements and are safe for humans to wear in the mouth.
What’s the best way to clean my aligners?
The best way to clean your aligners is to use the Invisalign Cleaning system, available for order at www.invisalignstore.com. As a secondary method, however, your aligners can also be cleaned by brushing them and rinsing them in lukewarm water.
What if I currently am wearing braces or have worn braces before?
Doctors are treating a significant number of patients with a combination of braces and Invisalign. It’s also common for adults, who had braces in their youth, to experience shifting in their teeth and require aligners in their adulthood. It’s best to consult your Invisalign provider to determine the best treatment for you.
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