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Frequently Asked Questions about Invisalign®

When people think of braces, they most often think of traditional orthodontics with metal brackets and wires. However, Invisalign is another alternative that can address the same orthodontic concerns, but without the obvious mouthful of metal. Therefore, Invisalign appeals to many people, but they still have questions. Here, Dr. Sasson answers some frequently asked questions about Invisalign.

How Do Aligners Straighten Teeth?

During your Invisalign treatment, you will wear a sequential series of aligners. Each aligner will slightly adjust the position of your teeth, a process that is planned by Dr. Sasson and the Invisalign lab at the start of treatment.

What Makes Teeth Move with Invisalign Aligners?

Invisalign aligners move teeth through the targeted placement of controlled force. But not only is the force controlled, it is also timed. In other words, only certain teeth move during each stage of treatment.

What Are the Advantages of Invisalign?

The obvious advantage of Invisalign is that the aligners are not obvious—in fact, they are hardly noticeable in normal social and professional circumstances. In addition, Invisalign aligners are removable so you can take them whenever you want to eat and drink or when it’s time to brush and floss your teeth.

How Long Will Treatment Take?

Of course, the length of your treatment time will depend on your individual orthodontic case. However, most adults are able to complete treatment in about 12 months.

How Much Will I Need to Wear My Aligners?

Dr. Sasson likes patients to wear their Invisalign aligners for about 22 hours each day, removing them only for eating, brushing and flossing.

How Often Will I Need to Schedule Progress Visits?

Every four to six weeks is usually the recommended span of time between visits when you’re wearing aligners. In Boston, Invisalign wearers appreciate the convenience of quick and simple appointments to make sure their treatment is progressing as planned.

Are the aligners painful?

When you start wearing each new set of aligners in your series, you may notice some discomfort that feels like pressure. This usually goes away after a couple of days.

Will My Speech be Affected by Aligners?

When you first start wearing the aligners, you may have a slight lisp. But after a few days you’ll get used to having the aligners in your mouth, the lisp will go away.

Can I Chew Gum and Wear My Aligner?

No. Gum can stick to the aligners, so remove them if you’re chewing gum.

How Should I Clean My Aligners?

The Invisalign Cleaning system is the best way to keep your aligners clean and fresh. Alternatively, you can brush and rinse them with lukewarm water.