Read the Answers to Our Most Frequently Asked Questions
Learn more about Invisalign clear aligners from Herongate Dental Clinic in Ottawa.
Read the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. You can also read an interview with Dr. Fong for additional information about Invisalign.
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- What is Invisalign?
This series of clear, custom-fitted aligners straighten your teeth - minus metal wires or brackets.
Using 3D computer imaging technology at the beginning of the process, we develop a treatment plan based on your unique smile.
A series of custom clear aligners will be made to fit your teeth at each stage of the Invisalign treatment process.
- How does the Invisalign process work?
These clear plastic aligners are intended to shift your teeth by small increments as your treatment continues. You'll wear each aligner for about two weeks before replacing it with the next one in the series.
This process will continue until your teeth are in their correct positions. Your dentist will determine the duration of your Invisalign treatment, based on your specific needs.
- How long does Invisalign treatment take?
The length of your Invisalign treatment will be determined by your dentist, based on your specific requirements.
Factors that could impact the duration of your treatment may include the misalignment of your jaw or teeth, the shape of your bite, and the amount of movement required to correct the problem.
- What are Invisalign aligners made of?
The Invisalign aligners are made with USP Class VI medical-grade, high molecular weight polyurethane resins. They are BPA free.
- How often do I have to visit the dentist?
Since Invisalign aligners require no adjustments or tightening – you just switch to a new set of aligners every two weeks – your dentist may schedule brief appointments with you every 4 to 6 weeks.
During these appointments, your dentist will take the opportunity to review your progress and general oral health, answer your questions, and adjust your treatment as required.
- What are the primary features of Invisalign?
The features of Invisalign include:
- A low profile appearance
- Smooth, plastic construction
- Do not require adjustment appointments
- Removable for eating, brushing and flossing
- How much does Invisalign cost?
Cost will depend on the severity of your case and duration of your treatment. For instance, the more severe the malocclusion, the more aligners you'll need and the more your treatment will cost.
In many cases, the cost of Invisalign is comparable to that of traditional orthodontic treatment (braces).
- How will Invisalign fit my lifestyle?
You may find that Invisalign fits into your day-to-day life.
You can take your aligners out whenever you need to eat, drink, brush and floss. That means no dietary restrictions, and brushing and flossing are just as easy as ever.
- Are there any food or drink restrictions?
Invisalign aligners are removable, meaning you can take them out to eat. As a result, there are no dietary restrictions when it comes to Invisalign, so you can continue to eat all the foods you love!
To avoid staining your clear aligners, we recommend removing them when you consume beverages such as wine, coffee, or dark sodas.
- 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 many aligners you will need, based on an evaluation of your bite during an initial consultation.
- Can adults use Invisalign?
Yes! Anyone who has healthy teeth and gums is a potential candidate for Invisalign.
Many adults are deciding to undergo orthodontic treatment these days, partially because options like Invisalign have become available.
- Can teenagers use Invisalign?
Yes! Teens can certainly be candidates for Invisalign. In fact, Invisalign has created a line of aligners designed to meet the needs of teenagers.
Invisalign Teen aligners have compliance indicators on them (small blue dots that fade away after the aligners have been worn for two full 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 change to their next set of aligners every two weeks or so. Your dentist will tell you exactly how often you should switch out your aligners.
- How do I clean my aligners?
Rinse your aligners each time you remove them to wash away dry saliva and plaque that can result in dental decay and bad breath.
Soak your aligners using denture cleaner, Retainer Brite, and/or the official Invisalign cleaning crystals.
Brush and floss your teeth before you put your aligners back in. Good oral hygiene is key to maintaining healthy teeth and avoiding cavities and decay. Failing to brush and floss properly can trap food debris and bacteria between your teeth and aligner, 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 effective way to keep your aligners clear, fresh, and free from bacteria.
Brush your aligners gently so as not to 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 worrying about causing damage to your aligners.
However, keep in mind that Invisalign aligners must be kept in for a minimum of 22 hours a day, so plan your time carefully.
You'll also want to invest in a sports mouth guard 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 pop them back in when you're done.
- How do I store my aligners?
Your Invisalign aligners will come with a case, and this is where you should put your aligners whenever you take them out to keep them safe.