Is Invisalign painful?

Like any orthodontic treatment that moves teeth through bone, there may be times when there may be some discomfort. With Invisalign, this may occur at the very beginning of treatment and/or when a new aligner is used. In our fifteen years of experience, the discomfort was never something that could not be relieved through over the counter pain meds like Tylenol. After a few weeks the discomfort lessens or disappears altogether.

Will my speech change with Invisalign?

Since Invisalign is something you wear in your mouth, there may be an initial period of getting used to it. In our experience the biggest side effect initially is lisping. This will last about 3 days to a week until your mouth gets used to it.

What do I do if I lose an aligner (also called a tray)?

We always instruct patients to save their used aligners so in the event that the present ones are lost, they just wear the last aligner until we get them a new set, which usually takes 2 to 3 weeks.

How do I clean my aligners? I don’t want them to get funky.

Since aligners are only worn for two week periods, ‘funkiness’ is not a problem. We recommend you just brush them gently whenever you brush your teeth. You need not spend money on special cleansing agents.

Can I kiss with my aligners on?

Uhhmmm, we’ll let you figure that one out and get back to us with the results, but remember, you can still get pregnant even if you are wearing your aligners.

Can I eat with my aligners on?

One of the advantages of Invisalign is that you can take them off to eat and brush your teeth. Just like you wouldn’t brush your teeth with them on, we highly recommend you don’t eat with them on. For starters, food can get caught up inside the aligners and you don’t want to walk around for hours with food stuck inside the aligner trays. It is not very hygienic and if done continuously can cause decay, gingivitis and bad breath not to mention it wouldn’t look cool. Also do not drink any sugary beverages or juices even if it’s the most healthiest, organic, super, duper all-natural, knock your socks off real juice. All these beverages contain sugar in one form or another and having sugar locked between your teeth and the aligner for several hours every day can cause problems, like cavities. You can drink plain water with them on.

My dentist just started providing Invisalign treatment. Should I do my ortho treatment with him or someone more experienced?

It’s the old which came first, the chicken or the egg scenario. On the one hand, we all need to gain some experience and we have to start somewhere. Even we wouldn’t be where we’re at today without some of our patients initially trusting us and we thank them for that. If your case is a simple one, then yes, by all means go ahead. Invisalign provides a ton of support for Dr’s especially if they’re just starting out. It is hard no mess up a simple case. And you know in your gut if your case is simple or not.  On the other hand, if you have one or more rotated teeth, have a canine coming out your nose, then we would highly recommend you seek the services of a more experienced practitioner. Also, keep in mind that Invisalign does have it’s limitations and only an experienced Dr knows what Invisalign can and cannot do. There are other treatments which can serve you better.

I am moving to a new state in a few months, but really want to start my Invisalign treatment now. Is there any problems with getting a new Dr to take over my case?

With our experience, we would say, “whoa there hoss, not so fast” We recommend a little patience and wait until you move. Yes, Invisalign does have a ‘transfer’ program, but it will be very difficult to find a new Dr to accept your case. But it gets complicated only because Dr’s are human beings. A new Dr may have a difference of opinion on how your case should be treated. It’s not that the original Dr was wrong or anything it’s just that being human, we are all hard wired liked that. The new Dr may also want to get paid, it’s just a thing we have, but you already paid the old Dr. Problems, problems, problems. Our advise: wait .

I’m pregnant. Should I put off Invisalign treatment?

No orthodontic treatment, weather Invisalign or otherwise has any effect on pregnancy.

My insurance company only covers $2,000 of orthodontic treatment. How do I get the rest paid?

You are one of the lucky ones. Some insurances do not cover orthodontic treatment at all. For more about your situation and financials in general, visit our ‘financials’  section.

What do I do if I feel my teeth are not moving as I think they should?

First of, are you wearing them at least 22 hours a day? If so, then do not hesitate to see your Dr. he will know what to do.

What is the difference between Invisalign and six months smile?

Great question. Six months smiles is adult orthodontics. Invisalign is also adult oriented orthodontics. We’ve talked a lot about the invisible aspect of Invisalign and how adults prefer that over traditional braces. Well, Six Month Smiles (SMS) marries traditional braces with invisalign to offer you the best, most innovative orthodontic treatment to date. With SMS, we do place brackets on your teeth, but here’s where the magic happens. Using revolutionary transparent brackets –Lucid Lok®, coupled with a technologically advanced Nickel Titanium wire, SMS can move teeth to their aesthetically correct position in a fraction of the time it would take conventional braces. Most of the times, especially in difficult cases, it can do so even faster than Invisalign.

Some people just do not want braces no matter what, no matter how long it takes. In that case, Invisalign is the treatment of choice. But we have found that given a choice of using Invisalign, for let’s say, 14 months, or wearing SMS for 7 months, a lot  of patients, hands down went for the SMS treatment. And they’re happier for it. Also, keep in mind that Invisalign has its limitations. SMS can do what Invisalign cannot, and much more. Which is why we always offer SMS to our patients. It’s just a wonderful tool to have in our tool belt