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Invisalign is an increasingly popular treatment amongst teens and adults who are looking to fix misaligned teeth in a shorter amount of time.
One of our orthodontists will carry out an assessment of your oral health condition before recommending this type of treatment for you.
This is because, in order for Invisalign to be successful, problems and disorders like gum disease, infection and tooth decay need to be corrected.
1. Do I need to wear my aligners all the time?
We recommend wearing them for at least for 20-22 hours.
However, if you have a special event or perhaps you play a wind instrument, on the advice of your orthodontist you may be able to take it out for that specific occasion or time.
In order for the treatment to be effective and occur in a timely fashion, you do need to wear them in your mouth most of the time.
If this has to happen your dental consultant will advise you on how to manage and reactivate your treatment.
2. How long do I wear the aligners?
You will be given a sequence of aligners to wear. Usually, you will wear each aligner for approximately 2 weeks before changing to the next aligner in the sequence.
You will need a checkup once every 4-6 weeks to make sure everything is going according to plan.
3. Will I be able to eat my food with it in during the day or do I have to take it out when I eat?
Ideally, you should take out all aligners for eating and drinking – unless you are simply sipping cool water.
To achieve better and more successful results, you must wear your aligners for the required period.
Eating with your aligners could damage them and pose a threat to their functionality.
4. Should I sleep with my Invisalign aligners in my mouth?
Yes, you do need to keep them overnight. However, they are quite stable and highly retentive.
Also, many patients find that they are very comfortable and easy to manage.
5. If I need both my upper and lower teeth treating, will I be able to talk with the aligners in my mouth?
You will be surprised how easily most people adapt to wearing the Invisalign aligners.
You will be able to speak as you normally do with them inside your mouth. Most people even forget that they are wearing them.
6. Do the aligners hurt?
The treatment is not painful.
However, when you first wear the aligners you may feel a slight pressure on your teeth.
But this is a good sign as it means that the active components are working to move and correct your teeth.
7. Will the aligners affect my speech?
Most patients do not have any speech issues. However, some may experience a temporary effect of a slight lisp for a few days. But many claim that there are usually no lasting effects.