You’ve probably heard about the Invisalign system. A clear alternative to braces, patients appreciate the practically invisible nature of this orthodontic treatment. People often have questions about Invisalign clear braces. Who qualifies for this procedure? How do I get started? What does the treatment actually involve?
Commonly Asked Questions About Invisalign Clear Braces
Question: How does this treatment differ from braces?
Answer: Braces rely on tension and metal orthodontics attached to the teeth. Invisalign uses a series of aligners that the patient wears for 20 to 23 hours every day, with the patient upgrading to a new set about once every 14 days. Made from a BPA-free plastic, they correct the teeth slowly and gently.
Question: How long do I wear the aligners?
Answer: That depends on the severity and cause of your misalignment. For adults, treatment rarely takes more than a year. However, teen patients may need to wear them for between a year and up to 18 months.
Question: Can anyone wear them?
Answer: We typically recommend them for patients who are over the age of 16 and have more minor misalignment issues. In order to see if you qualify, you will undergo a free cosmetic consultation. The doctor will look at your smile and determine the extent and cause of your alignment troubles. From there, she will decide if clear braces are the best choice for improving your smile’s appearance.
Question: Do I need to avoid certain foods?
Answer: Actually, no. With braces, hard or sticky foods can become stuck in the braces or in rare cases, damage them. Since the aligners can be removed before you eat you don’t need to avoid certain foods. You can eat as you did and even enjoy an easier time brushing your teeth or flossing them.