Read the Answers to Our Most Frequently Asked Questions
Learn more about Invisalign clear aligners at Espaces Sourires in Laval.
Read the answers to our most frequently asked questions.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a series of clear, custom-fitted aligners that straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets.
With the use of advanced 3D computer imaging technology during the consultation, we will create a treatment plan based on your smile.
A series of custom clear aligners will then be manufactured to fit your teeth precisely during each stage of the Invisalign treatment process.
How does the Invisalign process work?
Invisalign clear plastic aligners are designed to shift your teeth by tiny increments throughout your treatment. After wearing each aligner for about 1 week, you will replace it with the next one in the series.
This process will continue until your teeth are in their prescribed and corrected positions. The duration of your Invisalign treatment will be determined by your dentist based on your specific needs.
How long does Invisalign treatment take?
Your dentist determines the duration of your Invisalign treatment based on your unique 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?
Invisalign aligners require no adjustments or tightening (you just switch to a new set of aligners every two weeks) your dentist will schedule brief appointments with you every 4 - 6 weeks.
During these appointments, your dentist will review your progress and general oral health, answer your questions, and adjust your treatment as required.
What are the primary features of Invisalign?
The features of Invisalign include:
- A discreet, low-profile appearance
- Smooth construction for a more comfortable fit
- No requirement for adjustment appointments
- Removable to eat, brush and floss
How much does Invisalign cost?
The cost will depend on the specifics of your case and the duration of your treatment. For instance, the more severe the malocclusion, the more aligners you'll need and the more your treatment will cost.
In many cases, the cost of Invisalign is comparable to that of traditional orthodontic treatment (braces).
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How will Invisalign fit my lifestyle?
Invisalign can fit comfortably in your day-to-day life.
You can remove your aligners whenever you need to eat, drink, brush and floss. That means no dietary restrictions, and you'll be able to brush and floss thoroughly and consistently.
Are there any food or drink restrictions?
Invisalign aligners are removable, meaning you can take them out to eat. As a result, there are no dietary restrictions when it comes to Invisalign, so you can continue to eat your favourite foods!
To avoid discolouring your clear aligners, we recommend removing them when you consume beverages such as wine, coffee, or dark sodas.
How many sets of aligners will I need?
Your unique smile goals will determine the number of aligners you will use throughout your treatment.
Only your dentist can give you an accurate estimate of how many aligners you will need, based on a careful evaluation of your bite during an initial consultation.
Can adults use Invisalign?
Yes, they can! Anyone with healthy teeth and gums is a potential candidate for Invisalign.
More and more adults are deciding to undergo orthodontic treatment these days, largely because options like Invisalign have become available.
Can teenagers use Invisalign?
Yes! Teens can certainly benefit from the line of Invisalign clear aligners designed to meet the unique needs of teenagers.
Invisalign Teen aligners have compliance indicators on them (small blue dots that fade away after the aligners have been worn for two full weeks) to help teens 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 week or so, but your dentist will tell you exactly how often you should switch out your aligners.
How do I clean my aligners?
Each time you remove your aligners, rinse them to wash away dry saliva and plaque that can result in dental decay and bad breath.
Soak your aligners using denture cleaner, Retainer Brite, and/or the official Invisalign cleaning crystals.
Before putting your aligners back in, brush and floss your teeth. Good oral hygiene is key to maintaining healthy teeth and avoiding cavities and decay. Failing to brush and floss properly can trap food debris and bacteria between your teeth and aligner, 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 fully rinse off the soap. Then you're done!
Can I play sports with Invisalign?
Since they are removable, you can take out Invisalign aligners to play sports without worrying about causing damage to your aligners.
However, remember that Invisalign aligners must be kept in for a minimum of 22 hours a day, so 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 (remember to rinse them after removing them from your mouth).
How do I store my aligners?
Your Invisalign aligners 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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