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Invisalign FAQs

Questions About Invisalign? We’ve Got Plenty of Answers

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Are you ready to start your journey to a straight smile with Invisalign in Topeka? That is great! You will enjoy a convenient and discreet solution to move your teeth into their ideal positions. Although you look forward to getting started, it is a big commitment. You still have several questions about the treatment and what you can expect. To give you peace of mind to make the right choice for your smile, Michel Dental has the answers you need.

What materials are used to make the aligners?

Invisalign is an FDA-approved treatment that uses a series of clear BPA-free plastic aligners. The thermoplastic material looks like the trays used for whitening treatments; however, they are custom-made to gradually move your teeth.

How are my teeth moved?

Digital impressions of your mouth are used to map your treatment plan using a series of aligners. Each one gradually moves your teeth. You wear each for about one week before switching to the next. The number of aligners needed varies depending on your specific treatment plan. On average, it takes about 1 year to finish the series.

How often do I need an appointment?

Invisalign in Silver Lake is the perfect option if you have a busy schedule. Since no wires are used, you do not need appointments for adjustments, so you spend less time in the dental chair. You will be required to have a checkup about every 10 to 12 weeks to monitor the movement of your teeth.

How often can I take the aligners out?

Since the aligners are not fixed to your teeth, it resolves many of the disadvantages of traditional braces, like dietary restrictions Although this offers convenience, you must also commit to wearing them for at least 22 hours per day, which means you will need to wear them while you are sleeping. You should only remove them when eating or drinking, brushing or flossing your teeth, or when cleaning your aligners.

Will the aligners affect my speech?

As with any orthodontic treatment, there is a bit of a learning curve when speaking. You can expect to have a lisp for 1 or 2 days while you get used to your aligners, but it subsides quickly. The aligners offer a secure and comfortable fit, so you will not need to worry about them slipping while speaking.

Can I chew gum while wearing the aligners?

It is best to avoid gum and any other foods while wearing the aligners. Gum sticks to them while foods can cause them to break or discolor.

Will I need a retainer?

You will need a retainer after you have finished your series of aligners to prevent your teeth from moving back into their previous positions.

Still Have Questions?

Michel Dental wants you to feel confident in your decision to align your teeth. If you still have questions about Invisalign, we are more than happy to answer them. Contact our office today to learn more about the treatment or to schedule your consultation.

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