Invisalign FAQs

Does Invisalign Work As Well as Braces?

The truth is, Invisalign can work better and more efficiently than braces. They are so popular for a reason! Fewer appointments, shorter appointments, easier oral hygiene, and overall fewer life interruptions.

Can I Drink With My Aligners?

When wearing your aligners it is important to only drink WATER. This is because not only will your clear aligners stain, but they will trap sugars around your teeth which could cause decay. If you need to take a sip of your favorite drink, simply take out your aligners. Just remember to wear them at least 22 hours a day!

Does Invisalign Hurt?

Similar to braces, there will be expected aches and pains. This happens when you graduate into your next aligner. It can be uncomfortable to take trays in and out. Keep in mind that this is all dependant on sensitivity. Most patients experience little to no pain, or the discomfort subsides within a few days.

What Happens if I Lose an Invisalign Tray?

We understand that mistakes happen. It’s possible to lose an Aligner – especially when they are clear! Maybe you left it in a napkin at the restaurant and it was thrown away… or maybe they were washed with the laundry. If this happens, make sure to call and consult your orthodontist for the best advice. If you are close to graduating to your next tray, simply put it in early. If not, make sure you put in the previous tray so that your teeth do not shift.

Do I Need to Avoid Certain Food With Invisalign?

This is one of the best parts about Invisalign – if not THE best part!
Choosing Invisalign Clear Aligners means that there are no restrictions on what you can eat or drink. While it is SO important that you never eat while wearing your aligners, simply remove them and you’re good to chow down! Just make sure that you place your aligner in a safe place while you eat. Aligners can easily be lost or thrown away when placed in a napkin or on the table.

How Often Do You Wear the Invisalign Clear Aligners?

The ultimate goal is to wear your aligners at least 22 hours a day. This means at all times unless you are eating or brushing. We promise it’s easy!

Can I Get the Same Results With Invisalign As I Can With Braces?

Yes! You will still get a beautiful result with either option you choose. Keep in mind that more complex cases may require braces in the beginning, however when the time is right you may switch to Invisalign Clear Aligners!

Is Insurance Coverage the Same for Invisalign vs. Braces?

Yes, insurance coverage is the same for both Invisalign and braces. Just like the cost, we believe that coverage should be equal. We do our best to maximize your insurance benefits, ensuring the best coverage for you and your family!

What Problems Could I Have With My Smile or Bite?

Crooked Teeth

When the jaw is not wide enough to fit all of the teeth comfortably, this can cause teeth to grow in crooked or askew.Spaces Between Teeth

This can happen with the teeth are too small for the jaw bone, or when teeth are missing.

Overbite

This is when the upper jaw noticeably protrudes the lower jaw.

Excessive Overbite

This is when the upper front teeth cover more than 10% of the lower teeth.

Excessive Overjet

When the upper jaw noticeably protrudes beyond the lower jaw, sometimes causing speech impediments, jaw pain or difficulty eating.

Underbite

This is when the lower jaw noticeably protrudes beyond the upper jaw.

Crossbites

If some of your upper teeth are covered by your lower teeth when the jaw is closed, this is a crossbite. This could cause your teeth to wear down uneven.

Open Bites

If only your back teeth are touching when the jaw is closed, this is an open bite. This can cause speech impediments, jaw pain or difficulty eating.

How Often Should I Wear My Retainer After Treatment?

As a general rule, we recommend that you wear your retainer as much as possible for the first year. After year one, wear your retainer to bed at night. By year two you can begin to wean yourself off the retainer, wearing it only a few nights a week and eventually once a week. Keep in mind that specific treatment cases may vary and require longer retainer wear.

What Happens if I Lose My Retainer?

We know that accidents can happen, for that reason we have a special retainer plan in place! Through our retainer program, you can receive up to 4 replacement retainers a year. This is especially convenient for teens entering high school or college.

If you have lost your retainer, make sure you call the office as soon as possible. Especially if you are a braces patient! If you were an Invisalign patient, make sure to use your last tray (the one you ended treatment with) to hold your teeth in place until we can make you a new retainer!

What to Do in Case of an Emergency?

If you are experiencing an orthodontic emergency, please give our office a call at (727) 442-6098.

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