If you do basic research about Invisalign, you’ll learn that the nearly invisible aligners need to be worn 20 to 22 hours a day, your treatment will last an average of 12 months, the aligners are BPA-free, and Invisalign can easily fit into your lifestyle or career. Maybe you’ve even researched whether Invisalign or porcelain veneers are better for you. And, wanting to know just what kind of responsibility is ahead of you, you’ve probably Googled the requirements for cleaning Invisalign aligners. Wanting this kind of information is a good thing – it means you’re serious about Invisalign and you’re truly considering this method of orthodontia for your teeth. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have more questions. So here are more answers.
What does Invisalign feel like?
Some people worry that Invisalign will hurt. The aligners are designed to fit snugly against your teeth, and as with all orthodontic treatment some discomfort should be expected. You are working to move your teeth from one place to another after all! You will quickly get used to the feel of the aligners on your teeth, and there may be some temporary pressure as you change from one set of aligners to the next, which confirms that your teeth are moving as they should. The best news, of course, is that with Invisalign you completely avoid the inevitable pain caused by traditional metal braces with their brackets and wires poking into your lips, tongue, and cheeks.
Does Invisalign work if I’ve had cosmetic dentistry?
If you have had porcelain veneers on some of your teeth, or even a bridge or crowns, it will be difficult for Invisalign aligners to work properly to shift the alignment of your teeth. The aligners are designed very precisely by your dentist so that they move certain teeth at certain times until your entire smile is in alignment. Having some cosmetic dentistry, however, does not mean you are instantly eliminated from wearing Invisalign. Your unique situation will warrant a discussion with your dentist though to see what options are best for you – it may be that, if even after some veneers your teeth are still not straight, more veneers may be the way to go. Only your dentist can help you decide for certain.
Do I have to wear a retainer after Invisalign?
If you wear braces – whether traditional metal braces, clear braces, or Invisalign – retainers are a must after treatment so that you can ensure that your teeth are staying in their new and proper spots. Oftentimes, your dentist will have you wear your last set of Invisalign aligners for a little longer, then prescribe a nighttime retainer. There is also the option of permanent retainers being attached behind your teeth.
How many days can I go without wearing my Invisalign aligners?
It is never a good idea to go more than an hour or two without wearing your Invisalign aligners – pretty much as long as it takes to eat a leisurely meal. The treatment is designed for nearly round-the-clock care. Leaving your aligners out any longer than a day can definitely interfere with your orthodontia. There are special occasions of course when your dentist is likely to green light the removal of Invisalign for a while – your wedding, for example, or a special photo shoot. Invisalign could still technically be worn for these events because they really are that difficult to see on your teeth.
Can I wear Invisalign and get cosmetic dentistry?
Dr. John Moore has pioneered a groundbreaking technique combining Invisalign treatment and porcelain veneers. Patients who have been told that their alignment is so off that treatment would require surgery or years of orthodontia are having new doors open to them with Dr. Moore’s revolutionary technique. He is able to customize your treatment so that Invisalign straightens teeth while veneers are used to address problem teeth. If you’re interested in learning more about this method or believe that you have a unique situation that may or may not make you a good candidate for Invisalign, make your appointment with Dr. John Moore at Cosmetic Dental Associates in San Antonio to discuss your orthodontic treatment options.