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Invisalign FAQ's

The Invisalign process

1. Does Invisalign hurt?
No, Invisalign doesn’t hurt, but it can leave your teeth feeling sore. Invisalign may cause mild pain at first because the device is designed to help gradually straighten your teeth alignment. Any pain or discomfort you feel from your Invisalign aligners tends to be temporary, in fact, one small study found that 83 percent of invisible aligner users grew accustomed to the aligners within a week

2. How do I clean Invisalign?
You should clean your Invisalign aligners each day, starting by brushing your teeth and the Invisalign trays each morning. If you eat a highly acidic or staining food, you may want to clean the aligners again or rinse the aligners in clean water. Each aligner is worn for 1-2 weeks at a time. You can also clean aligners with Invisalign cleaning crystals.

3. How do I use Invisalign cleaning crystals?
You can use the Invisalign Cleaning Crystals solution to soak your aligners as often as twice a day, but once a day is a great regular solution to keeping your aligners clean. To Use Invisalign Cleaning Crystals:

  • Remove your aligners or retainer from your mouth.
  • Rinse them under warm running water to remove debris and wash off any excess saliva.
  • Fill a clean glass or closed container with warm water.
  • Dissolve one packet of Invisalign Cleaning Crystals into the water; stir to fully dissolve.
  • Drop both aligners into the water and crystal mixture…make sure they are fully submerged.
  • Let soak for 15-30 minutes.
  • After they have soaked, remove the aligners. Rinse under warm running water.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently brush off any leftover plaque or build-up.
  • Rinse your aligners under warm running water to wash off the cleaning solution. Wash the glass or cleaning container.

4. How much does Invisalign cost?
The cost of Invisalign in Fresno, CA can range from $3,000 to $6,000, which is slightly more expensive than traditional braces. As is the case with any orthodontic procedure, the total cost will be determined by a range of factors, such as the severity of your orthodontic problem and the duration of your treatment.

5. Is Invisalign better than braces?
Most people prefer Invisalign aligners to traditional metal braces because while worn, Invisalign aligners are subtle and barely noticeable, but they still provide effective treatment with predictable, long-lasting results. In fact, in certain cases Invisalign may be even more effective than braces, due to the all-around force of the aligners across the whole tooth.

6. 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. Registered orthodontic specialists, like Dr. Stanley, have a master’s degree in orthodontics. This is a required two-to-three years of postgraduate study, over and above general dentistry. 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.

7. Will wearing Invisalign 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 the aligners in your mouth, any lisp or minor speech impediment caused by the aligners should disappear.

8. How often do I need to wear the Invisalign 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.

9. How long does Invisalign take to straighten teeth?
While the length of time varies based on treatment severity, most people end up using Invisalign for 12-18 months.

10. Can both adults and kids use Invisalign?
Invisalign can be used for both adults and children. However, Dr. Stanley may recommend traditional braces for young children due to their age and ability to take care of their Invisalign aligners.

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