Top Invisalign Questions & Answers

By John Meola on August 26, 2011

1. How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign uses advanced 3-D computer-imaging technology to determine a complete treatment plan from the initial position of your teeth to the final desired position. Then, clear aligners are custom-made for your teeth based on these results. Each is work for a couple weeks, and then replaced by the next in the series, so your teeth will gradually move to the final ideal position.

2. What are the main benefits of Invisalign?

The Invisalign aligners are nearly clear, so it’s likely people won’t even notice you’re wearing braces. And, unlike braces, you can eat and drink all of the foods you enjoy, and brush and floss as you normally would simply by removing the aligners. Finally, Invisalign doesn’t use any metal brackets or wires that could irritate your mouth – this also means you’ll spend less time in the dentist’s chair because you won’t need to come in for adjustments.

3. Can I go to any dentist for treatment with Invisalign?

Dentists who offer patients with Invisalign are required to undergo instructional sessions to become a trained Invisalign provider. Additionally, these dentists must take part in ongoing training classes that will gain them the designation of “Preferred Provider.” When choosing the right dentist for your procedure, ask them if they’re a preferred provider, or if they’ve been properly trained to treat you with Invisalign.

4. Is Invisalign painful?

Invisalign is able to straighten your teeth without the pain associated with the wires used in braces. However, it’s possible for you to experience a temporary discomfort or pressure during the first few days of each aligner. This is okay and normal – it just means the treatment is working and your teeth are getting closer to their final destination.

5. Are there certain people that Invisalign isn’t suitable for?

Invisalign is appropriate for most teens and adults. The only individuals that Invisalign isn’t suitable for are those who still have baby teeth or second molars that haven’t erupted. If you think you’re a candidate, your dentist or orthodontist will be able to determine if Invisalign treatment is right for you.

6. Are there foods I should avoid while using Invisalign aligners?

No. Since the aligners can be removed, you have much more flexibility in what you can eat or drink. The two main things that should be avoided while wearing Invisalign aligners is chewing gum and smoking, as it can discolor the aligners.

7. I used to wear braces and my teeth have since shifted. Can Invisalign help?

Many of the more than 1 million wearers of Invisalign have worn braces in their past and have experienced shifting afterward. Invisalign can usually correct the problem without having to go through the social awkwardness associated with wearing metal braces.

8. How much does Invisalign cost?

Like most medical treatments, the cost of Invisalign can vary depending on several factors, including how difficult your case is, how long your treatment is, where you live, and your insurance coverage. The national average for treatment is about $5,000, but this can range anywhere from $3,500 to $8,000.

9. I’ve heard that Invisalign aligners contain BPA – is this true?

No, it’s a common misconception that Invisalign aligners contain Bisphenol-A (BPA). They’re actually made from USP Class VI medical grade, polyurethane resins and pass all regulatory requirements to be worn in the mouth.

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