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Common Questions About Invisalign

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What orthodontic problems can be addressed by Invisalign?

Orthodontic treatment with Invisalign has proven many times to be just as effective as traditional braces. The only concerning factor is the level of correction your teeth may need. There have been cases where the patients teeth were too crooked or they had jaw alignment issues.

Can you use Invisalign as an adult?

Surprisingly enough, adults are actually the most common demographic to choose to transform their teeth with Invisalign. Traditional metal braces are starting to become more common and more accepted in the adult community, but it still seems that often enough there is some embarrassment about having metal braces as an adult. This is the main reason that we are seeing more adults using the invisible braces.

Do I need to wear a retainer following Invisalign treatment?

As with anything in life, if you do not take care and follow directions for your teeth after you finish the treatment, your teeth will not stay straight. The key to keeping your teeth straight after treatment is to simply wear your retainer. Your teeth will be kept in correct positioning with this type of device, and retainers are used following traditional braces as well as Invisalign clear braces.

Does Invisalign work as well as their metal counterparts?

Yes! A number of dental problems that have been corrected by traditional braces are being successfully treated with Invisalign, including: crowded teeth, widely-gapped teeth, crooked teeth, underbites, and overbites. However, in order for Invisalign treatment to be effective, you must wear them the recommended 20-22 hours per day.

How long will I need Invisalign treatment?

Typical treatment with Invisalign takes about a year, as long as you are wearing the trays 20-22 hours per day. While one year is the average time it takes, it’s important to keep in mind that each patient’s case is unique and your treatment course may be longer or shorter. In fact, in minor cases, the Invisalign Express program can deliver desired results in as little as 20 weeks. The only way to know for sure how long Invisalign will take in your specific case is to speak with a dentist.

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