How often do I need to wear my Invisalign® clear retainers?
You’ll want to wear your clear retainers as much as possible during your treatment, which is typically 22 hours per day. You’ll remove them when eating and brushing your teeth. It’s important to wear them during the times that your doctor recommends in order to achieve the results described in your treatment plan.
During my course of treatment, how will Invisalign® affect my speech? I’m a professional and talk to a lot of people throughout the day and have concerns about this.
As with any orthodontic treatment, it may take a few days or up to a week to adjust to having something new in your mouth. However, most patients say that they don’t notice a change in their speech. A small minority of patients report a small lisp for a day or two while their mouth adjusts. Most all patients report that within a few days to a week at most, their speech goes back to normal, if affected by wearing Invisalign.
I’m a smoker (I know…) but I am wondering if I can continue to smoke while wearing Invisalign retainers
As you know smoking is something that impacts your health, and should be avoided. However, to answer your question, no, you should not smoke while wearing the retainers. The nicotine in cigarettes can stain the aligners. Once that happens, the aligns can become discolored, which defeats the reason most people choose Invisalign – that it will not affect their appearance. Also keep in mind that you’ll be changing out “trays” aka – retainers – every few weeks, so once they become discolored, you’ll be stuck wearing them until the next set of trays arrives.
Do I need special cleaners or solvent, like those used with dentures while wearing Invisalign?
No – there are no special pastes, cleaners, or other items needed to keep your aligners clean and fresh. After taking the aligners out of your mouth, you’ll simply clean them using a toothbrush and regular toothpaste, then rinse under warm water. Do not boil your aligners, as this will cause the plastic to melt.
I’m excited to get my perfect smile – and am wondering if I have to wear the Invisalign retainers after my treatment plan has been completed.
As with any orthodontic treatment – be it older style wire and bracket braces, or Invisalign retainers, all patients will need to wear a retainer to help keep the teeth placed in the mouth in their correct places. Typically, most patients will need to only wear their retainers at night while sleeping, and then remove them in the morning. Your doctor will be able to provide you with the specifics when they put together your treatment plan, and will discuss this with you.
How much does Invisalign® cost? Will my insurance pay for the treatment?
This question comes up often, and the answer is “it depends”. What we mean by this is that only a qualified dentist or orthodontist will be able to provide you with the cost. This is because all smiles are unique – some patients require more time than others, some less than others. Time is a factor because that determines how many sets of invisible retainers, or trays, that you may need. Another consideration is that before you begin treatment, your doctor will need to perform a comprehensive exam to ensure that your overall oral health is good shape. Another common question is that of insurance and coverage. Again, it depends on a number of factors – not all dental plans offer the same coverage. The good news is that your doctor will work with you to determine what your insurance plan covers, and what is covered. It’s very common that dental insurance will cover at least some of the treatment, if not all of it.
How exactly does Invisalign® work?
Here’s how and why Invisalign® works. Invisalign relies on a series of custom-manufactured, clear aligners that exert a gentle, controlled force that over time, move teeth into the desired location. Your treatment plan will include the manufacture of all of the aligners, aka “trays” needed to give you the smile that you’ve always wanted. For most patients, trays will be changed out every few weeks. The length of time for treatment will vary from patient to patient. Some patients will need more movement performed, some less. Depending on how much you need your teeth moved will impact how long you are required to wear Invisalign during your treatment plan.
My teenager just got back from the orthodontist, and it looks like she is going to need braces. I expect that my son will need braces as well. Are my children good candidates for Invisalign? And while we’re on the topic, what’s the age limit on Invisalign for kids and teenagers?
To answer your first question, it’s likely that both your daughter and son are candidates for Invisalign Teen, but only a qualified dentist or orthodontist and tell you for sure. Generally speaking, either traditional braces or Invisalign are treatment options for children and teenagers. As to your second question, this is something that only your doctor can answer. However, a general rule of thumb is that anyone eleven years old (or older) can be treated with Invisalign clear retainers.
I travel – a lot. Once I begin treatment, how often do I need to see my doctor in person?
Treatment plans will vary from patient to patient, but it’s common that about every three months you’ll want to see your doctor in person, so that they can check the progress you’ve made. Because every smile is different, and every person’s smile is unique, it’s best to discuss this in person with a dentist or orthodontist so that they can provide you with answers specific to you, and your needs.
Do you offer financing ?
In most cases, we are able to provide a payment plan that will comfortably fit within your monthly budget.