Invisalign has changed the way we view orthodontic treatment, so it’s no wonder that it’s still a hot topic. If you’re curious as to how to works and whether or not you’re a good candidate for Invisalign or braces, read on.

Here are your top Invisalign questions answered

How Does the Invisalign System Work?
Invisalign and braces both shift your teeth into place by using small amounts of force over a period of time. Braces straighten teeth using small metal brackets. Invisalign uses high-tech clear plastic aligners to move teeth.

Can I Eat With My Invisalign In?
Invisalign is removable, so make sure to remove your tray before meals. If you don’t, discoloration or damage may occur. You should also remove your aligners before drinking anything other than water.

Can I Brush With Invisalign in?
Take out the aligners when brushing and flossing. This is one of the best parts about wearing Invisalign. You’ll keep your oral hygiene in check easily as there is no metal brackets or braces in the way.

How Can I Best Maintain My Clear Aligners?
While brushing your teeth, make sure to soak your aligners in denture solution or use Invisalign cleaner to ensure they’re clear of any bacteria. Clear aligners are comfortable and non-irritating to wear. You may feel your teeth shift slightly. This can initially cause a bit of soreness, but it should dissipate after a few days.

Do They Work as Well as Braces?
Yes, Invisalign works as well as braces. It can help fix moderate to severe dental issues for an all-around better smile! However, always make sure to talk to your orthodontist about your specific dental issue and whether or Invisalign, metal braces or clear braces are the best option for you.

How Fast Can You See Results With Invisalign?
While this can depend on the dental issue you’re trying to correct, you can expect to see a slight improvement in as little as three months. A full course of treatment can vary in length, however.

Who is a Good Candidate For These Aligners?
Both kids and adults are great candidates for treatment. Teens can benefit the most, though. Approximately 47% of kids in high school reported feeling a boost in their self-esteem while wearing clear aligners. Only 22% reported the same in regards to their metal braces. If you want to correct your smile but wish to do it discreetly, removable aligners can give you the results you want. They work best when correcting issues like crooked teeth, gaps, and an overbite.

If you happen to have any more questions on clear aligners, contact our office today. We’ll be happy to set you up with a consultation with our orthodontic specialist Dr. Ryan Nowlin.