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Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign

March 4, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — sagedentalteam @ 2:53 am
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Over the past few years, many people have started to prefer using Invisalign clear aligner trays to straighten their teeth. These trays are see-through, which makes the treatment less noticeable, and they often take less time than regular braces. But before you decide if Invisalign is right for you, it’s important to learn more about it. Keep reading to find out answers to four common questions about Invisalign treatment.

How Noticeable Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is different from regular braces because it uses clear aligners to slowly move your teeth into a better position. How invisible they are depends on how well you take care of them. If you clean them properly every day, they stay almost invisible and hard to notice. But if you don’t brush, floss, and clean your aligners regularly, they can get stained and lose their see-through quality.

How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Take?

How long you wear Invisalign depends on your specific situation, but it typically takes about 12 months. This is a significant improvement compared to traditional braces, which might need 18 months or more. However, how complicated your orthodontic issues are and how well you follow your orthodontist’s advice can affect how long your treatment lasts.

My Trays Are Turning Yellow – What Should I Do?

If you don’t take care of your aligners, they could start to change color. To keep them looking good, take them out when you eat or drink anything that isn’t water. Also, make sure to clean them properly by doing these steps:

  • Soak your aligners – Every day, let your aligners soak in a solution made for Invisalign, retainers, or dentures for at least 15 minutes.
  • Use the right tools – Use a soft-bristled toothbrush when cleaning your aligners as well as non-abrasive toothpaste.
  • Don’t use hot water – Avoid exposing your aligner trays to hot water, as it could potentially damage your trays.
  • Rinse your aligners – After taking them out, always rinse them thoroughly under running water.

What Happens After Invisalign Treatment?

Once you finish your Invisalign treatment, it’s important to wear a retainer to maintain the results you’ve achieved. Initially, your orthodontist might advise wearing the retainer as much as possible, usually about 20-22 hours a day, for the first six months to prevent your teeth from shifting back. Over time, you can start wearing it only at night.

By following these suggestions and being diligent with wearing your retainer, you can keep the fantastic results of your Invisalign treatment for a long time. Feel free to reach out to your orthodontist if you need any more advice or have questions about wearing your retainer and taking care of your teeth.

About the Practice

At Sage Dental Care, we are dedicated to providing outstanding dental care to assist patients in restoring both the functionality and appearance of their teeth. Our expertise lies in Invisalign treatment, where we offer personalized care to discreetly align teeth and improve smiles. With a commitment to helping patients achieve their smile goals, we provide thorough consultations and expert guidance throughout the Invisalign process. To learn more about the advantages of Invisalign or to schedule an appointment with Sage Dental Care, contact our North Reno office at (775) 677-0790, our South Reno office at (775) 409-4283, or visit our website.

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