Invisalign FAQs

Here are the answers to our most frequently asked questions regarding the Invisalign clear aligners we offer at  Mayflower Harbourside Dental  in North Sydney.

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Invisalign FAQs

Below are the answers to our most frequently asked questions about Invisalign.

What are Invisalign clear aligners?

The Invisalign clear aligners treatment is a series of clear, custom-made aligners that can straighten your teeth without using brackets or metal wires.

In your consultation, your orthodontist will use 3D computer imaging technology to establish a treatment plan based on your individual smile and needs.

A series of custom clear aligners will be made to fit your teeth precisely in every stage of the Invisalign treatment process.

How does the Invisalign process work?

Invisalign's clear plastic aligners are designed to move your teeth in small increments as your treatment goes on. You will wear each aligner for roughly two weeks before you replace it with the next one in the series.

This process will continue until your teeth are in their prescribed positions. The length of your treatment with Invisalign will be determined by your dentist depending on your specific needs.

How long is Invisalign treatment?

Your dentist will determine the length of your Invisalign treatment based on your individual needs.

Factors that could determine the duration of your treatment include the misalignment of your teeth or jaw, the shape of your bite, and the amount of movement required to fix the problem.

What are Invisalign aligners made of?

The Invisalign aligners are made with USP Class VI medical-grade, high molecular weight, polyurethane resins that are BPA-free.

How often do I need to visit the dentist?

Because Invisalign aligners require no adjustments or tightening – just switch to a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks – your dentist will schedule brief appointments with you every 4 - 6 weeks.

During these appointments, your dentist will take the opportunity to review your progress and general oral health, answer your questions, and make adjustments to your treatment as required.

What are the primary features of Invisalign?

Invisalign aligners are:

  • Are discreet solution
  • Smooth construction to help enhance comfort
  • Don't require adjustment appointments
  • Removable for eating, brushing, and flossing

How much does Invisalign cost?

The cost will be based on the severity of your case and the duration of your treatment. For example, the more severe the malocclusion, the more aligners you will require and the more your treatment will cost.

How will Invisalign fit my lifestyle?

Invisalign could fit comfortably into your everyday life.

You can take your aligners out when you need to eat, drink, or brush and floss your teeth. This means that there are absolutely no dietary restrictions, and brushing and flossing is just as easy as before.

Are there any food or drink restrictions?

Invisalign aligners are removable, so you can remove them to eat. Because of this, there are no dietary restrictions with Invisalign, so you can keep eating all the foods you love!

To avoid staining your clear aligners, we recommend removing them when you drink beverages such as wine, coffee, or dark soda beverages.

How many sets of aligners will I need?

The answer to this question will depend on the severity of your misalignment.

Only your dentist can give you an accurate estimate of how long your treatment will be, based on a careful evaluation of your bite during your initial consultation.

Can adults use Invisalign?

Yes! Anyone with healthy teeth and gums is a potential candidate for Invisalign.

Can teenagers use Invisalign?

Yes! Teens could be candidates for Invisalign. Actually, Invisalign has created a line of aligners to meet the unique needs of teenagers.

Invisalign Teen aligners have compliance indicators on them (small blue dots that fade away after the aligners have been worn for a full two weeks) to help teens stay on track with their treatment.

They also come with eruption tabs that provide space for second molars and prevent them from growing in crooked.

How often do I have to change my Invisalign aligners?

Most patients switch to their next set of aligners about every two weeks. Your dentist will tell you exactly how often you should change your aligners.

How do I clean my aligners?

Rinse your aligners every time you remove them to wash away dry saliva and plaque that could lead to dental decay and bad breath.

Soak your aligners using a denture cleaner, Retainer Brite, and/or the official Invisalign cleaning crystals.

Brush and floss your teeth before putting your aligners back in. Good oral hygiene is essential in maintaining healthy teeth and avoiding cavities and decay. Failing to brush and floss properly can trap food debris and bacteria between your teeth and aligners, increasing your risk of dental problems and bad breath.

Clean your aligners with a clear, anti-bacterial soft soap. Clear anti-bacterial soap can be an excellent way to keep your aligners clear, fresh, and free from harmful bacteria.

Brush your aligners gently so you don't scratch them, and then rinse off the soap. Then you're done!

Can I play sports with Invisalign?

Invisalign aligners are removable so you can play sports without causing damage to your aligners.

However, you need to remember that Invisalign aligners must be kept in for at least 22 hours a day, so plan your time carefully.

You might also want to invest in a sports mouthguard to protect your teeth, as orthodontic treatment can cause your teeth to loosen slightly as they shift into their new positions, and this can make them more susceptible to damage.

Can I play my instrument with Invisalign?

Yes! Simply remove your aligners to practice playing your instrument, and put them back in when you're finished.

How do I store my aligners?

Your Invisalign aligners will come with a case, which is where you should put your aligners when you need to take them out to keep them safe.

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