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Invisalign® FAQ

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Are you curious about Invisalign® clear aligners but aren’t sure if they’re right for you? Take a few moments to look at our collection of frequently asked questions relating to length of treatment, care instructions, and more for additional information.

Dr. Miller is also happy to answer any questions you may have that are not found on this list. Call our Grand Rapids orthodontics office today at (616) 942-9320 or contact us online to request an appointment.

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What Is Invisalign Treatment?

Invisalign can be described as virtually invisible aligners designed to gradually straighten teeth and adjust a patient’s bite over time. This alternative to traditional metal braces is perfect for individuals looking for straight, healthy teeth without the appearance of metal wires or brackets.

Who Is a Candidate for Invisalign?

Teens and adults are eligible for and welcome to try Invisalign unless their particular dental situation requires extensive orthodontic treatment. Our orthodontists will perform a quick evaluation to confirm your candidacy before aligner production can begin.

How Long Does Treatment Take?

Treatment length varies per individual but on average, desired results can be accomplished in 12 months or less. Each set of aligners must be worn for 10-14 days. After that time has passed, you’ll proceed to the next set of aligners in the series and continue this process until our orthodontists see that your teeth have reached ideal alignment.

Does Invisalign Work Similarly to Traditional Braces?

Despite their clear appearance, the way Invisalign aligners operate is similar to metal braces. The top and bottom aligners fit right over your teeth and carefully apply controlled movement to ensure they are moved into a better position. However, no noticeable wires or brackets are needed.

How Often Do I Have to Wear Each Set of Aligners?

You should wear your aligners for at least 22-23 hours a day. They are removable but should only be taken out when eating, drinking, brushing, or flossing. If instructions are not followed or aligners are not worn for long enough, corrections may be necessary which will delay progress.

What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?

As an orthodontic treatment option, Invisalign has multiple unique benefits when compared to metal braces.

Some of those include:

  • The clear aligners are subtle and nearly invisible to family, friends, and co-workers.
  • You are able to remove your aligners to eat, drink, brush, and floss.
  • Freedom to enjoy an unrestricted diet; no need to avoid sticky or chewy foods.
  • Easier to practice oral hygiene thanks to their removable nature.

How Do I Care for My Clear Aligners?

Just like your natural teeth, your clear aligners should be cleaned at least twice daily to ensure they do not stain or accumulate bacteria. It is also encouraged that you run the aligners under lukewarm water every time you take them out. Many patients find it easiest to clean them at the same time they brush their teeth.

All you need to do for cleaning is:

  • Rinse them with water (never hot)
  • Gently brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste
  • Thoroughly rinse them after brushing is done
  • Store the aligners in a protective case whenever not in use

What Happens After I’m Done With Invisalign Treatment?

To maintain the ideal alignment of your teeth and prevent any unwanted shifting, we’ll give you a custom-made retainer to use. This is the retention phase of your treatment and while it may seem bothersome, it’s a necessary part of keeping the smile you and Dr. Miller have worked hard to create.