How Do I Care for My Invisalign Aligners?

Caring for your aligners is easy!  Most of the time they are being worn and on your teeth (the recommendation is to wear them a minimum of 22 hours per day).  You will remove your aligners to eat and brush your teeth. Don’t forget to brush your aligners as well, using cool/cold water and a small amount of nonabrasive toothpaste.  When the aligners are not on your teeth, they should be stored in the case that came with your aligner start kit. Yes, it’s that easy!

What Happens If I Lose My Aligners?

In the unfortunate event that this were to happen, just contact the office immediately to get instructed on what you can do to avoid interrupting your treatment. 

Does Invisalign Fit Into an Active Lifestyle?

Invisalign will fit very nicely into your lifestyle regardless of how active it is – just keep these key things in mind.

Sports: Invisalign can always be removed during contact sports for your safety. As long as you still wear the aligners for the recommended 22 hours per day, you’ll find that your treatment won’t be interrupted in any way. You can also wear a mouth guard over your aligners just like you would with braces to protect your teeth.  Either way, during sports activities, a mouth guard is always recommended, with or without orthodontic treatment!

Special Occasions: If you have a special occasion where you really don’t want to have to take your aligners in and out during the festivities – take advantage of the fact that you can!  Just remember to get right back on track with the recommended 22 hours and your treatment should be fine. Sometimes it’s better to just leave your aligners safe at home tucked in their case while you enjoy your special day!

What Are Invisalign Attachments?

Invisalign attachments are a tool Invisalign uses to make certain movements to align teeth.  Based on the orthodontist prescribed treatment plan, Invisalign determines where the optimized attachments need to be placed for the Doctors plan to be successful.  Then a template is made so that these attachments can be placed where needed on your teeth. No need to worry, universal tooth color is used for any attachments needed and will be something that the aligner itself snaps onto to provide the needed tooth movement.  These are generally placed at your first delivery appointment. Every case of Invisalign typically needs these auxiliaries to help Invisalign bring the treatment plan goals into play!

How Long Will My Treatment Take?

The answer to this question will vary wildly depending on the patient in question. Certain types of bite and/or orthodontic issues take longer to correct than others. Don’t worry, however – Dr. Dailey will discuss your treatment plan with you in great detail so you know exactly what to expect.

How Do I Get Invisalign?

Once you’ve made the decision that this is the right way to go, Dr. Dailey will perform a comprehensive exam (which includes taking 3D photos of your mouth) to help better identify the problem areas that you’re dealing with. Dr. Dailey will then come up with a unique, holistic treatment plan built with your specific mouth in mind.

How Much Does Invisalign Cost?

This, too, will depend on the patient as to how long your treatment is and what orthodontic issues you’re trying to correct will ultimately impact the overall cost you’ll be expected to pay. Having said that, most patients find that costs are almost the same as braces – for a system that is far more efficient and that fits in better with your lifestyle. Dr. Dailey will again discuss all of this with you during your initial appointment.

How is Invisalign Different From Braces?

Traditional braces use a series of stainless steel wires and brackets to correct your bite. Once attached to your teeth, the braces gently move each tooth into the desired position over a long period of time.

Invisalign, on the other hand, uses a series of clear plastic aligners that are almost like a second skin for your teeth. They’re crafted to your unique mouth and bite and, because of that, are something that most people find surprisingly comfortable.