Invisalign is a modern orthodontic treatment that uses clear aligners to shift teeth into a straighter position. This treatment is great for patients with mild to moderate orthodontic problems. If you have considered Invisalign as an alternative to metal braces but want to know more about this treatment, we can help. Our office provides Invisalign treatment to Wayne, PA, patients who want straighter and more aesthetically pleasing smiles.
FAQs: Invisalign in Wayne, PA
If you’ve been looking into Invisalign, you likely have questions about treatment. Here, we answer some of the most common questions patients can have about Invisalign:
Do I need to wear a retainer after Invisalign?
Yes, we recommend wearing a retainer once you complete the Invisalign treatment. Wearing a retainer will keep your teeth straight. At first, you will need to wear your retainer constantly. Then, you can wear your retainer nightly after three to six months.
How do you clean Invisalign aligners?
You can clean your Invisalign aligners with an antibacterial soap and cool or lukewarm water. Do not use hot water when cleaning your aligners because you can damage or warp the plastic. Every few days, you can soak your aligners in an Invisalign soak.
How long does Invisalign treatment take?
On average, Invisalign can take 12 or more months to complete. The extent of your orthodontic needs, how you care for your aligners, and how long you wear your aligners each day will factor into your total treatment time.
What can’t you do when wearing Invisalign?
When you are wearing your Invisalign aligners, you can NOT:
- Drink hot drinks
- Eat food
- Smoke or use tobacco products
You can damage or break your aligners. Remove your Invisalign aligners to eat and drink. Ensure your teeth and gums are clean before placing the aligners back on your teeth.
Will Invisalign work if you only wear them at night?
No. You need to wear your Invisalign aligners 20 to 22 hours a day. It takes time for teeth to shift, and it’s easier for them to move with consistent pressure.
Can I get Invisalign as an adult?
Yes. In fact, we recommend Invisalign for teens and adults who want a more discreet alternative to braces. Adults can receive orthodontic treatments like Invisalign to straighten crooked teeth and achieve a more balanced smile.
Can I get Invisalign if I grind my teeth?
We will not recommend Invisalign for patients with bruxism. You can damage your Invisalign aligners if you grind your teeth. We will recommend treatment for bruxism before Invisalign.
Are you interested in Invisalign? Do you have any more questions about Invisalign treatment in Wayne, PA? Call Wayne Family Dentistry today at 610-347-5133. You can also schedule a dental consultation with us online.