Everything you need to know about Invisalign©

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign aligners are designed to move teeth with an appropriate placement of controlled movement. You wear each set of aligners for 2 weeks and you remove them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. Therefore, as the weeks go by, you will be replacing each aligner with the next in the series and your teeth will move little by little. This results in an efficient force delivery system that moves teeth into the desired prescribed position.

How much does Invisalign cost?

Just like any other types of orthodontic treatment, the cost of Invisalign is dependent on the complexity of your issue and your course of treatment. Please contact our office and book an appointment for a free consultation for more information.

Is Invisalign as effective as traditional metal braces?

Like braces, Invisalign effectively straightens teeth and unlike braces, you have the flexibility to remove your aligners to eat and drink what you want during treatment as well as brush and floss as you normally would. Also, there are no metal brackets or wires that would cause irritation to your mouth like traditional braces.

I am currently wearing braces. Can I make the switch to Invisalign?

A significant number of patients are being treated with a combination of braces and Invisalign. However, please book an appointment for a consultation in order for us to determine the best treatment for you.

How long does Invisalign treatment take?

The total duration of treatment depends on the complexity of the treatment and is generally comparable to one for traditional braces. Typically treatment can last between 9 and 18 months. During your consultation, your doctor can provide you with more detailed information.

What material are aligners made of? Are they comfortable?

Invisalign aligners are made from a lightweight, BPA-free plastic material that is designed to fit precisely in the patient’s mouth. With a new set of aligners comes an occasional discomfort due to their snug fit but patients will find them to be significantly more comfortable than metal braces.

Is the Invisalign treatment painful?

It is normal for some people to experience temporary, minor discomfort (typically described as a feeling of pressure) for a few days following the use of a new set of aligners. In fact, it is a sign that the aligners are working and moving your teeth gradually, helping you to achieve the final results. This discomfort typically goes away in a couple of days.

Will the aligners affect speech?

The vast majority of patients report no effect on speech. However, as with traditional orthodontic appliances, there is an initial adjustment period associated with having something new in the mouth.

Can I chew gum while wearing aligners?

Chewing gum while wearing aligners is not advised as gum can stick to aligners. It is recommended that aligners be removed for all meals and snacks.

Are there restrictions on what I can eat while in treatment?

No! Unlike traditional braces, you can eat whatever you like while in treatment because you remove your aligners to eat and drink. Therefore, there is no need to restrict consuming any of your favourite foods and snacks. However, it is important that you brush and floss your teeth after each meal and prior to re-inserting your aligners to maintain proper oral hygiene.