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Invisalign FAQs

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Seeking Alternatives to Braces: Answers to Invisalign

Many people have heard about using braces to straighten a smile and some of these people may have even had braces at some point in their past. They may have memories of braces that are uncomfortable at first, difficult to clean properly, time-consuming to take care of, and even the social trepidation that goes along with having braces. Now, there is an alternative option that may be appropriate for many people who are looking for an orthodontic treatment to straighten their smile. This is called Invisalign. Because this is a newer treatment, many people have questions about it. Some of the Invisalign FAQs have been answered below.

Why is it called Invisalign and how does this device work?

The name is a description of the treatment tool itself. The treatment involves a clear tray that is invisible to most people who are looking at the person. Over time, the device will help align the person’s smile with straight teeth. The name is born out of a combination of these two features. Invisalign is a set of plastic trays that people place over their teeth. The trays will help to move the teeth into proper alignment over time, just as braces do; however, the trays are clear and do not involve any brackets or wires. This sets the Invisalign treatment apart from the braces that people are familiar with.


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How do I know the trays will fit my teeth and It sounds like these trays are removable. Is this the case?

Prior to being given the plastic trays, the oral health professional will have a consultation with the patient and take molds of the patient’s teeth. The trays are then created specifically for the patient and their teeth. This ensures that the trays fit the person’s smile. The trays are 100 percent removable. In fact, patients who decide to go with this treatment option should remove the trays while they are eating. This will prevent food from getting stuck in and around the trays, leading to cavities. Simply remove the trays while eating and put the trays back in once finished.

What kind of care do these trays require and what happens if I lose my trays?

When people remove the trays to eat, they should make sure to clean their teeth before putting the trays back in. This will prevent food from getting stuck under the trays. In addition, clean the trays on a regular basis. This will ensure that any food that does get stuck in the tray is removed before they are placed back in the mouth. Most dental and orthodontic offices will save the mold that were used to make the trays initially. This means that pati

Do I have to limit my diet in any way while using the Invisalign trays?

One of the most common Invisalign FAQs, this sets the trays apart from braces. While patients do have to worry about their diet while they are wearing braces, this is not the case with Invisalign. Because there aren’t any wires or brackets and because patients can remove the trays to eat, there is no need to limit the diet while using the Invisalign trays. Simply take out the trays and eat and drink as normal. Remember to brush and floss normally as well as clean the trays.

How long will I have to wear the trays?

The answer to this question is best handled on a case by case basis. It all depends on where the teeth are starting from, how far the teeth have to move, and how often the patients wear the trays. People should understand that if they follow the instructions of their oral health professional and wear their trays consistently, it could lead to a shorter treatment time in the end. For more information, it is best for people to answer Invisalign FAQs about treatment time with an oral health professional.


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