Whether you are considering Invisalign® or are already in treatment, it is important to understand how these removable clear aligners work. Our goal is to provide you with enough information about the treatment, so that you feel comfortable and well-informed about the decisions you make for your oral health. Throughout his years as a Tulsa, OK orthodontist, Dr. Robert Herman has performed amazing results with the Invisalign® treatment for patients of all ages. After talking with various patients, we decided to compile a list of frequently asked questions in hopes it will answer any general concerns you may have about the treatment.
For Patients Considering Invisalign®
- What Is Invisalign®?
It is a series of customized clear aligners that fit over your teeth and gradually move them to its correct position. It is designed to be removable, which makes them a popular choice for patients with an active lifestyle and do not want be restricted to certain food items.
- Does Invisalign® Hurt?
There will be some pressure and minor discomfort for a day or two after each initial insertion. This is a sign that your teeth are moving sequentially into their final position.
- How often must I wear my aligners?
You must wear your aligners for up to 22 hours daily. You may remove them for eating, drinking, and regular oral hygiene.
- Will wearing the aligners affect my speech?
Like any orthodontic treatment, there is a short adjustment period. The more you speak with the aligners on, the quicker you will adjust.
- How long does Invisalign treatment take?
Treatment time varies depending on the severity of the misaligned teeth. Treatment time can be shorter than traditional braces, between 6 and 18 months.
Already An Invisalignn® Patient?
- How do I keep my aligners clean?
Brushing them with toothpaste will keep them fresh and clean.
- How often do I see an orthodontist while wearing Invisalign®?
Regular office visits are every five to six weeks. This will ensure that your InvisalignⓇ treatment is progressing as planned.
- What happens after my treatment is complete? Do I need retainers?
All orthodontic patients are instructed to wear their retainers at night indefinitely. Sleeping with your retainers in at night will ensure a healthy bite and maintain the new position of your teeth.
- Does Invisalign® work for kids?
Yes, if their teeth, including second molars, have grown in completely.
Eating & Drinking With Invisalign®
- Are there any restrictions to what I can eat while in treatment?
No, there are no food restrictions. Unlike braces, you may eat whatever you like as long as you remove the aligners before eating. It is important to brush your teeth and the aligners after you eat.
- Can I chew gum?
It is recommended that you remove your aligners prior to chewing gum as the gum will stick to the aligners.
- Can I smoke with the aligners in?
We discourage smoking with aligners as the cigarette smoke will tend to discolor them.
Call Your Elite Invisalign Provider
During your consultation with Dr. Robert J. Herman, he will take the time to answer any questions you may have about the treatment and see if you are eligible for Invisalign® or Invisalign® Teen. If you would like to know more about the treatment, please contact us or fill out our online appointment form.