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Invisalign FAQs

Read the following answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Invisalign clear aligners from Ocean Dental in Burnaby.

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Invisalign FAQs

Read the answers to our most frequently asked questions.

What are Invisalign clear aligners?

The Invisalign clear aligners system is a series of custom-made, clear, plastic fitted aligners that straighten your teeth without using metal wires or brackets. 

We use advanced 3D computer imaging technology during the consultation process in order to create a treatment plan for you based on your unique smile.

A series of custom clear aligners will be manufactured to fit your teeth precisely during each stage of the Invisalign treatment process.

How does the Invisalign process work?

Invisalign's clear plastic aligners are designed to move your teeth by tiny increments as your treatment progresses. You will wear each aligner for about two weeks before it is replaced by the next one in the series.

This process will continue until your teeth reach their prescribed and corrected positions in your mouth. The duration of this treatment will be decided by your dentist based on your specific needs. 

How long does Invisalign treatment take?

Your dentist will determine the duration of your Invisalign treatment based on your specific needs.

Factors that may determine the duration of your treatment include the misalignment of your teeth or jaw, the shape of your bite, and the amount of movement required to correct the problem.

What are Invisalign aligners made of?

The Invisalign aligners are made with USP Class VI medical-grade, high molecular weight, polyurethane resins. They are BPA free.

How often do I have to visit the dentist?

Since Invisalign clear aligners don't need tightening or adjustments throughout treatments, your just can switch to a new set of aligners every 2 weeks. So, you dentist will only need to schedule brief appointment with your every 4 - 6 weeks.

During these appointments, they will take the opportunity to look at your treatment progress and your overall oral health as well as answer your questions and make adjustments  to your treatment as is required. 

What are the primary features of Invisalign?

Invisalign aligners are:

  • Removable for eating, brushing and flossing
  • A more discreet solution than traditional braces
  • Smooth construction for enhanced comfort
  • Do not require adjustment appointments

How much does Invisalign cost?

The cost of your Invisalign treatment will depend on the severity of your case and the length of your treatment. The more severe the malocclusion, for instance, the more aligner you will need to correct it and the more your treatment will cost. 

In many cases, the cost of Invisalign is comparable to that of traditional orthodontic treatment (braces).

How will Invisalign fit my lifestyle?

You may find that Invisalign fits very comfortably into your day-to-day life.

You can remove your aligners whenever you need to brush and floss your teeth, eat or drink This means that you don't have any dietary restrictions during your treatment and that your oral hygiene routine will be as easy as ever.

Are there any food or drink restrictions?

Invisalign clear aligners are removeable. This means that you can take them out to eat. because of this, there aren't any restrictions on your diet during Invisalign clear aligners treatment. You can continue to eat all the food you love.

To avoid staining your clear aligners, we recommend removing them when you consume beverages such as wine, coffee, or dark soda beverages.

How many sets of aligners will I need?

The answer to this question will depend on the severity of your misalignment.

Only your dentist can give you an accurate estimate of how long your treatment will take, based on a careful evaluation of your bite during an initial consultation.

Can adults use Invisalign?

Yes! Anyone who has healthy teeth and gums is a potential candidate for Invisalign.

Many adults are deciding to undergo orthodontic treatment these days. Options like Invisalign have become available and are deigned to meet their needs.

Can teenagers use Invisalign?

Yes! Teens can certainly be candidates for Invisalign. In fact, Invisalign has created a line of aligners to meet the unique needs of teenagers.

Invisalign Teen aligners include compliance indicators (small blue dots which fade after the aligners have been worn for 2 full weeks) to help your teenager stay on track with their treatment. 

They also come with eruption tabs that provide space for second molars and prevent them from growing in crooked.

How often do I have to change my Invisalign aligners?

Most patients change to their next set of aligners every two weeks or so. Your dentist will tell you exactly how often you should switch out your aligners.

How do I clean my aligners?

Rinse your aligners every time you removed them in order to wash away plaque and dried saliva which is capable of causing tooth decay and bad breath. 

Soak your aligners using either the official Invisalign cleaning crystals, Retainer Brite and/or denture cleaner. 

Make sure you brush and floss your teeth before you put your aligners back into your mouth. Good oral hygiene is key to maintain good oral health and avoiding cavities, decay and periodontal disease. If your don't floss and brush properly, your aligners may trap food and debris on your teeth, increasing your risk of dental problems and bad breath. 

Clean your aligners with a clear, anti-bacterial soft soap. Clear anti-bacterial soap is an excellent and inexpensive way to keep your aligners clear, fresh, and free from harmful bacteria.

Brush your aligners gently so as not to scratch them, and then rinse off the soap. Then you're done!

Can I play sports with Invisalign?

Invisalign clear aligners are removable, so you can play sports without having to worry about causing damage to your aligners.

It is important to keep in mind, though, that Invisalign clear aligners must be worn for a minimum of 22 hours per day, so you need to plan your time carefully. 

You'll also want to invest in a sports mouth guard to protect your teeth, as orthodontic treatment can cause your teeth to loosen slightly as they shift into their new positions, and this can make them more susceptible to damage.

Can I play my instrument with Invisalign?

Yes! Simply remove your aligners to practice playing your instrument, and pop them back in when you're done.

How do I store my aligners?

Your Invisalign aligners will come with a case, and this is where you should put your aligners whenever you take them out to keep them safe.

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