Answering Your Invisalign Questions
What Is Invisalign And How Does It Work?
Invisalign is a modern orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear, custom-made aligners to gradually shift your teeth into their desired position. These aligners are made from a smooth, comfortable plastic material and are virtually invisible when worn. The process begins with a consultation, during which we take 3D digital scans of your teeth. These scans are used to create a precise treatment plan and fabricate your custom aligners. Every couple of weeks, you’ll switch to a new set of aligners, with each set gently moving your teeth closer to their final position.
How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Typically Take?
The duration of Invisalign treatment varies depending on the complexity of your case and how well you adhere to the treatment plan. On average, treatment can last anywhere from 12 to 18 months, but some cases may require more or less time. It’s important to wear your aligners for the recommended 20 to 22 hours per day, only removing them for eating, drinking anything other than water, and brushing your teeth. Consistent wear is crucial for keeping your treatment on track and achieving the best results.
Will Invisalign Affect My Speech?
Some people may notice a slight lisp when they first start wearing Invisalign aligners. This is quite normal and typically temporary as your tongue adjusts to the presence of the aligners in your mouth. Most patients find that any speech impediments caused by the aligners disappear within a few days to a week as they become accustomed to wearing them. Practicing speaking while wearing the aligners can also help accelerate this adjustment period.
How Do I Care For My Invisalign Aligners?
Caring for your Invisalign aligners is straightforward and essential for maintaining oral hygiene. We recommend rinsing your aligners every time you remove them to prevent dry saliva and plaque from building up. Clean your aligners gently with a soft toothbrush and lukewarm water. Avoid using hot water as it can warp the plastic. Brush and floss your teeth before reinserting your aligners to maintain good oral hygiene. It’s also important to regularly clean your case to keep it hygienic.
Can Anyone Get Invisalign Treatment?
Invisalign is a versatile treatment suitable for most teens and adults with various orthodontic issues, including crowded teeth, gaps, overbites, underbites, and crossbites. However, not everyone is an ideal candidate for Invisalign. Certain complex orthodontic cases may require traditional braces for more effective treatment. During your consultation at John Redmond Orthodontics, an Orange County, CA orthodontist from our office will conduct a thorough examination and discuss whether Invisalign is the best option for your specific needs.
Contact Our Office Today
At John Redmond Orthodontics, we’re dedicated to helping you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile with the most advanced and comfortable treatments available. We’re excited to be a part of your journey to a brighter, more confident smile! If you’re considering Invisalign or have any further questions, we’re here to provide the answers and guidance you need. Contact us to schedule a consultation, and let’s explore how Invisalign can transform your smile.