Questions about Invisalign
Would you like to know more about Invisalign? Here are some of the most common questions patients ask about Invisalign, so chances are you could find the information you’re looking for here.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign uses a series of removable aligners to gradually straighten your teeth. These aligners are made from clear plastic material making them virtually invisible. You can find out more about this revolutionary orthodontic treatment in our Invisalign section.
What types of cases can Invisalign treat?
Invisalign can be used to treat the majority of orthodontic cases, but it is over to the dentist or orthodontist who is treating you to recommend the type of orthodontic treatment you will most benefit from. Experienced Invisalign practitioners, like members of The Invisible Orthodontist group, will be confident in treating a broader range of cases using Invisalign than an orthodontist without Invisalign experience.
Who can provide Invisalign treatment?
Both orthodontists and dentists can provide Invisalign; however, the amount of Invisalign experience varies greatly between providers and successful Invisalign treatment relies heavily on the training and experience of the treating clinician. We recommend you do your research before choosing a provider by asking the following questions:
- Are you a registered specialist orthodontist?
- Registered orthodontic specialists have a master’s degree in orthodontics. This is a required two-to-three years of postgraduate study, over and above general dentistry.
- How many Invisalign cases have you treated?
- Orthodontists who focus on Invisalign will routinely treat 50 to 200 Invisalign cases per year. By choosing an orthodontist with experience, you increase the probability that they have the experience to treat a case like yours. Elite providers of Invisalign treat more than 100 new Invisalign patients per year. Some of our members treat more than 300!
How much does Invisalign cost?
Invisalign treatment can cost between $2,500 - $7,500 depending on your treatment needs. Orthodontists who are members of The Invisible Orthodontist network have payment plans available to help with the cost of treatment.
Is Invisalign treatment painful?
Most people experience temporary, minor discomfort for a few days at the beginning of each new stage of treatment. This is normal and is typically described as a feeling of pressure. It is a sign that the Invisalign aligners are working to move your teeth into their final destination. This discomfort typically goes away after a couple of days. Hang in there. This mild discomfort is certainly worth it for the beautiful smile you will have at the end of your treatment.
Will wearing the aligners affect my speech?
Like all orthodontic treatments, aligners may temporarily affect your speech and you may have a slight lisp for a day or two. However, as your tongue gets used to having aligners in your mouth, any lisp or minor speech impediment caused by the aligners should disappear.
How often do I need to wear the aligners?
Aligners should be worn all day, except when eating, brushing and flossing. To achieve the very best results you possibly can from Invisalign treatment, it is recommended you wear your aligners for between 20 and 22 hours per day.