Dr. Sasson is your dentist in Boston providing Invisalign, clear braces for adults and older teens. Are you considering the subtle orthodontic treatment? If so, we’ve put together an FAQ to answer the questions we’re sure you’re asking. Like how does Invisalign work? And how long do you have to wear the Invisalign aligners? Is Invisalign painful? Dr. Sasson answers these and other questions below.
Q: How Does Invisalign Work?
A: Invisalign is an FDA-approved treatment that uses a patented thermoplastic design to move teeth through controlled, strategic force. Before treatment can begin, your plan will be mapped out by your doctor. X-rays, photos, and impressions of your teeth will be made, and this information is sent off to the Invisalign lab. Here, your series of trays is manufactured from smooth plastic. Each tray is designed to make slight adjustments to the position of your teeth.
Q: How Long Do I Wear Invisalign Aligners?
A: Once you’ve begun treatment, you wear each tray for two weeks before advancing to the next in the series. You should be wearing your trays for 20 to 22 hours each day — giving you enough time to remove them before meals, cleaning, or even an important meeting.
Q: How Long Does the Invisalign Treatment Last?
A: Each case varies depending on the patient’s orthodontic needs. Serious dental misalignments, like a cross bite and gapped teeth, require longer treatment than someone only dealing with minor gaps, for example. On average, Invisalign treatment lasts around one year.
Q: Is Invisalign Painful?
A: The only discomfort you should feel during your Invisalign treatment is that of progress. Teeth and gums will feel sore as they move into proper position, but the pain is temporary and often mild. Invisalign should be more comfortable than traditional braces, as smooth plastic does not rub blisters into your delicate cheeks, gums, lips, or tongue.
Q: What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?
Patients who choose Invisalign over traditional metal braces enjoy a number of benefits. The clear plastic aligners are convenient, comfortable, and provide the same beautiful results as the traditional braces that we’ve long trusted for straightening teeth. Additional benefits include…
- Removable aligners allow you to maintain your lifestyle, eating, brushing, and flossing just like you’re used to.
- Never worry about scheduling an emergency appointment due to a popped off wire or loose bracket.
- Invisalign is usually completed faster than traditional braces and requires fewer visits to the dentist overall.
- Almost everyone is a good candidate for Invisalign, as it can be used to correct the most common orthodontic issues.