At New Wave Dental Smiles, we pride ourselves on dentist and patient communication. It’s our priority to make sure that there are no unknowns when it comes to your Invisalign treatment and cosmetic dentistry, which is why our skilled team led by Dr. Kamal Bajwa work with our patients in Burien, WA to answer any and all dentistry questions. Read the answers to the most commonly asked Invisalign questions below!
Q: How does Invisalign move teeth?
A: Over the course of Invisalign treatment, you will be given a series of clear aligners. Each aligner makes slight adjustments to tooth positioning, a process that is planned out in advance to specifically meet your needs on a case by case basis. The aligners apply a consistent pressure to the teeth, causing them to gradually shift from their current position. Patients will typically move to the next series of aligners every 2 weeks until the teeth are correctly aligned according to a precise, individualized treatment plan.
Q: How long does Invisalign treatment take?
A: The length of Invisalign treatment depends on the complexity and positioning of teeth for each individual case. On average, Invisalign treatment typically takes 12-18 months.
Q: Are certain foods off limits during Invisalign treatment?
A: Fortunately, no! Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are designed to be easily removed prior to eating and drinking. You can continue to enjoy your favorite hard, chewy, and crunchy foods during treatment without hindering tooth movement.
Q: How often must patients wear Invisalign aligners?
A: In order for Invisalign to work properly, aligners must be worn for 22+ hours every day. We recommend only removing aligners when eating, drinking, brushing, or flossing.
Q: How do you clean Invisalign aligners?
A: Keeping your aligners clean is simple. Use warm water and a soft bristle toothbrush to gently scrub aligners and thoroughly rinse in lukewarm water. We recommend cleaning your aligners every time you brush and floss your teeth. Never use hot water when rinsing aligners as high temperatures can warp the plastic, leaving them ineffective.
Q: What are the benefits of Invisalign?
A: Invisalign is a popular form of cosmetic dentistry for teens and adults because they are a discreet and virtually invisible alternative to traditional braces. Plus, the aligners can be removed when eating so there are no dietary restrictions and since there are no wires to tighten or adjust, Invisalign patients have fewer orthodontic appointments over the course of treatment.
Q: Do you have to wear a retainer after Invisalign?
A: Yes. Just as with traditional braces, you will need to wear a retainer as instructed by Dr. Bajwa. Wearing a retainer ensures that your teeth remain in their new, straight positions.
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The team at New Wave Dental Smiles firmly believes that everyone deserves a healthy, straight smile. If you still have questions about Invisalign treatment, contact our Burien, WA dentistry office to learn more or schedule an appointment today!