Answers To Questions About Clear Aligners
Why would I need Clear Aligners?
Clear aligners are an orthodontic solution for patients with dental crowding or other alignment problems who prefer a different approach to the traditional brackets and wires.
How long does Clear Aligner treatment take?
Average treatment time ranges from nine to 18 months, but the length of your treatment will depend on the severity of the alignment problems being corrected, as well as the diligence of the patient in wearing their aligners as directed. Make sure you’re wearing yours!
Do Clear Aligners hurt?
For the first few days of each stage of your clear aligner treatment, you may feel minor discomfort as your teeth get used to the added pressure. This is perfectly normal and a sign that the aligners are doing their job.
Will they affect my speech?
Most clear aligner patients experience very little difficulty with speaking clearly while wearing their aligners, but there will likely be an adjustment period as you get used to having them in your mouth.
How do I keep them clean?
To clean your aligners, brush and rinse them in lukewarm water and use special cleaning tablets. Make sure you’re also brushing and flossing after each meal before you re-insert your aligners.
Why Clear Aligners over other products?
Clear aligners are an excellent choice for your orthodontic treatment. It is a trusted method in treating teeth crowding, and you’ll love the freedom of being able to take your aligners out to eat and brush your teeth. If you are looking for an alternative to traditional braces, clear aligners may be a great fit for you!
Are Clear Aligners comfortable?
Clear aligners are specially designed to fit your teeth. While they do exert pressure to move your teeth into their ideal positions, they are comfortable to wear and are easy to remove and put in.
How often do I need to wear them?
You should wear your aligners at all times during your treatment, except during meals and snacks and while brushing and flossing your teeth. Wearing them less often will delay your results.
Are there any eating restrictions while wearing them?
One of the best advantages of clear aligners over traditional wire braces is that there is no banned foods list! As long as you are brushing and flossing before putting your aligners back in, you can enjoy all your favorite foods without compromising your orthodontic treatment!
Can I chew gum with Clear Aligners?
Gum can stick to your aligners, so it’s not a good idea to chew it while they’re in. Take your aligners out for all meals and snacks.
Can I smoke with Invisalign?
We discourage smoking during clear aligner treatment, as it can stain and discolor the aligners, as well as putting you at risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Will I need retainers when I’m finished?
Retainers are crucial at the end of any orthodontic treatment, whether you’re using clear aligners or traditional wire braces, because it takes time for teeth to get used to their new positions. Make sure to wear your retainers as directed by Drs. Hamidzadeh and Church.