Straightening your smile no longer has to mean a mouthful of metal brackets and wires for 1 – 2 years. Instead, you can opt for Invisalign. This treatment uses a series of clear aligners to slowly shift your teeth into their rightful locations. However, you may still have some unanswered questions about the treatment. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions about Invisalign that patients have.
How Often Do You Need to Wear Your Clear Aligners?
The American Dental Association (ADA) says that you should be wearing your aligners for about 20 to 22 hours each day to achieve the best results. If you aren’t wearing them for long enough throughout the day, your teeth won’t be moving at the rate that they should be. They could even start to revert back to their original locations.
Is Invisalign Noticeable?
Clear aligners are almost undetectable. It may cause your teeth to have a more shiny appearance, but it’s unlikely that anyone will even be able to tell that you’re wearing your aligners. It won’t be obvious that you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment like it is when you have traditional metal braces.
Does Invisalign Hurt?
Invisalign isn’t a painful treatment, but it’s possible that you may experience slight soreness and discomfort are you become accustomed to your aligners. Every time you switch to a new set of aligners, you are likely to experience some pressure, but this just means that they’re working! To manage discomfort, try using over-the-counter pain relievers or a cold compress.
How Long Does the Treatment Last?
Everyone’s case is different. There are several different factors that go into your treatment plan and the amount of time that’s required to complete it. On average, Invisalign takes about 12 months. During your initial consultation, you will get a general idea of how long it will take for you to achieve your final results.
How Often Do You Need to Brush Your Teeth with Invisalign?
It’s a good idea to brush and floss every time you take your trays out, especially if you have a snack or meal. This helps to prevent the development of cavities and discoloration caused by food particles being left behind.
Does Insurance Cover Invisalign Treatment?
Depending on your insurance plan, some of your treatment may be covered because it is typically under orthodontic benefits. To find out for sure, get into contact with your insurance company. Be sure to ask If there is an age limit on benefits as well. You don’t want unnecessary surprises.
Invisalign is a great option for patients looking for a straighter smile. By doing your research and consulting with your dentist, you will be on a path towards perfectly aligned teeth in no time!
About the Practice
At Dental Innovations, we have a team of three general dentists, a periodontist, endodontist, and board-certified orthodontist, so patients can get pretty much anything they need in one convenient location. To learn more about Invisalign or to schedule a consultation at our office in Montgomeryville, visit our website or call (215) 646-3040.