Invisalign® and Invisalign® Teen are popular ways to straighten teeth because they’re nearly invisible. Patients love the look — or lack thereof — of Invisalign, and we love the results they give to our patients.
Patients often come in with a lot of questions about Invisalign. What does Invisalign look like? What are those bumps on Invisalign trays? Will I have a lisp with Invisalign? How long do I wear Invisalign?
At Hodges Orthodontic, we provide Invisalign® in Tupelo, MS, and are happy to answer your questions. We believe that the more you know about what to expect with your Invisalign treatment, the more satisfied you will be during your treatment. With Invisalign, patient participation is crucial to the success of treatment. We want to empower and equip you to feel confident and fully engaged in your Invisalign treatment.
Common questions: Getting Invisalign
First-time Invisalign patients have many questions about their clear aligners and how to care for them. They want to know what to expect with their new Invisalign. Here are some of the most common questions we get.
What is Invisalign?
How do you make Invisalign?
At your first appointment, Dr. Hodges will take digital scans of your teeth and jaws. The scans will go into special Invisalign software, and Invisalign will create custom trays that will perfectly fit your teeth and move them bit by bit to where they belong.
How long will I wear Invisalign?
Your treatment time depends on the severity of your dental issues. With a mild case, you could wear Invisalign for as little as six months! The average treatment time for Invisalign is 9-15 months.
That’s assuming you wear your Invisalign for the prescribed 22 hours a day. Wearing it for less time each day could result in a longer treatment time.
Will I have sore teeth with Invisalign?
Your teeth and jaws may feel a little sore immediately after getting your Invisalign and after switching a set of trays for the next set. This is perfectly normal and shouldn’t last more than a few days, at most.
You can use over-the-counter pain medicine, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, to reduce your discomfort. You can also rinse your mouth with warm saltwater. Be sure to remove your Invisalign before using the warm water so you don’t damage the trays.
How do I pay for Invisalign?
We know the idea of paying for orthodontics can be stressful, which is why we do all we can to ease your mind and your wallet. We offer low down payments, as low as $250. We also offer low monthly payments and even extended payment plans. You shouldn’t have to wait to get the smile of your dreams!
Common questions: Caring for Invisalign
Once you have your Invisalign trays, how do you care for them? Can you eat or drink with Invisalign? What’s the best way to remove Invisalign? How do you clean your Invisalign? These are a few of the questions we get most often about caring for Invisalign.
How do I take out my Invisalign clear aligners?
How do I clean my Invisalign?
Good hygiene is just as vital during treatment as it is before and after treatment. You need to brush and floss your teeth daily to maintain good oral health. You must rinse your Invisalign after removing them and before replacing them in your mouth. You also need to clean your clear aligners regularly.
Do not use toothpaste with abrasive material, such as “fresh breath crystals,” as they can cause microabrasions and make your Invisalign look cloudy. The best method is to soak your trays in warm water and tablets made to clean clear aligners. Never use hot water because it can warp and damage your clear aligners.
Can I eat or drink with Invisalign?
Aside from cool, plain water, we do not recommend you eat or drink with your Invisalign. Foods can become stuck and can stain your Invisalign. Dark drinks such as coffee, tea, fruit juices, and sodas can stain your Invisalign. It’s best to remove your Invisalign for eating or drinking, rinse them off, and store them safely in your storage container, then rinse them and put them back in your mouth after you’ve finished eating and brushed your teeth.
Can I smoke with Invisalign?
Some patients want to know whether they can smoke or vape with Invisalign. We strongly discourage the use of any tobacco products with Invisalign. Aside from the fact that tobacco and smoke can stain your Invisalign, it can also stain your teeth.
The smoke, chemicals, and bacteria can get trapped underneath your clear aligners and can increase your chances of tooth decay and gum disease. Invisalign treatment may be a great opportunity for you to give up these habits.
How do I store my Invisalign?
Store your Invisalign trays in a storage container made for clear aligners. These containers are designed to protect your trays and keep them from getting warped, bent, broken, or otherwise damaged. Place your storage container in a safe place out of reach of small children or pets, both of whom can damage your trays.
Keep a spare tray with you if you go out, and never wrap your clear aligners in a napkin. It’s too easy to accidentally throw them away! Store your old Invisalign trays in case you need them.
What if I lose or damage my Invisalign?
Call us at Hodges Orthodontics if you lose or damage your Invisalign trays. We may have you go back to wearing the previous trays or move on to the next one, depending on when in your treatment you lose or damage your trays. If necessary, we can replace your trays.
Common questions: Invisalign treatment
Patients assume Invisalign trays just look like a mold of their teeth. Sometimes, Invisalign requires more than just the trays to properly straighten your teeth. Let’s talk about those Invisalign bumps and Invisalign power ridges.
What are the bumps on Invisalign or teeth?
What are Invisalign power ridges?
Power Ridges on Invisalign work in a similar way to attachments. The power ridges on the Invisalign trays grip the teeth better and move them differently or apply more pressure to the tooth or teeth. This allows us to move crooked or displaced teeth into proper alignment with the rest of the teeth.
Will I have a lisp with Invisalign?
You may have a bit of trouble talking when you first get your Invisalign because your tongue is used to hitting your teeth when you talk, not an acrylic barrier. It may take a few days for your tongue to get used to your Invisalign.
During that time, you may notice a slight lisp, but it’s not a permanent speech impediment. Most of the time, it disappears after a few days once your tongue gets used to the Invisalign.
Getting Invisalign in Tupelo, MS
Treatment with Invisalign offers a lot of great benefits, from a lack of food restrictions to a lack of a “mouthful of metal.” The results we’ve created from Invisalign have been amazing, but not everyone is a candidate for Invisalign treatment.
Are you? The easiest way to find out is to schedule an appointment in our Tupelo, MS, office. We’ll provide a free initial consultation and evaluation and let you know whether Invisalign is right for you. Check out more on our blog.