Invisalign Frequently Asked Questions

Smiling woman in dental chairMany patients are interested in straightening their smiles with Invisalign, but before you begin any advanced treatment like Invisalign clear braces, you should always take the time to get the answers to any questions you have. In order to ensure you get the right services to meet your needs, you have to have all the necessary information to feel confident you’ve made the best choice for your smile. At Smiles by Martin, our team goes above and beyond to offer patients answers to all of their questions before beginning advanced treatments like Invisalign. Our skilled Grapevine dentist and team look forward to helping you find the best treatments to meet all of your oral health care needs. Give our team a call to find out more or keep reading to get answers to many of those Invisalign questions we hear most often.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Man looking at smile in mirrorUnlike traditional braces that use wires to place pressure on brackets shifting teeth, Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic alignment trays to gently move teeth into their ideal alignment over the course of about 12 months of treatment. Each set of aligners will represent your smile one step closer to the ideal alignment. You’ll wear the alignment trays for about two weeks at a time, and then, you need to exchange them for the next set in the series. Every six to eight weeks, you’ll visit us for checkups to ensure your smile is shifting according to plan.

Will Invisalign Orthodontic Treatment Hurt?

Dentist talking to patient about treatmentAnytime your body undergoes extensive procedures like orthodontics, there will be some discomfort. It’s only natural. However, unlike bracket and wire braces that irritate soft tissue in addition to the mild discomfort that is typical with any advanced treatment plan, the smooth, plastic Invisalign trays reduce sensitivity and discomfort, making Invisalign clear braces a more comfortable treatment plan for many patients.

Who Should Consider Invisalign?

Dentist talking to patient about treatmentInvisalign orthodontics are a great option for more patients than ever before thanks to innovations in treatment methods and materials. However, some of the best candidates for Invisalign include:

How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Take?

Every treatment plan will be uniquely catered to individual needs. However, most patients achieve their desired results within eight to eighteen months. In addition to shorter overall treatment times, patients also save time throughout Invisalign with shorter, less frequent checkup appointments.

Do I Still have to Wear a Retainer?

Yes. You will. Following orthodontic treatment of any kind, you’ll need to wear a retainer. This keeps the newly repositioned teeth firmly in place as the supportive alveolar bone and gum tissue fuse with your root system, keeping your flawlessly aligned smile in place. Luckily, we can often use retainers crafted from a clear plastic that looks very similar to your alignment trays, so even while you’re wearing a retainer, all anyone will see is a beautiful smile.

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