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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a dental service that aids in correcting the alignment of teeth. It uses a transparent, removable aligner that is also flexible and durable and is usually highly preferred over the traditional metal brackets.

How does Invisalign works?

There would be a teeth evaluation done by Dr. Salim in order to assess the concise treatment plan for your teeth and eventually, produce your aligners. Upon receiving your aligners, you will be required to wear them for 20-22 hours. There will be follow-up checks for possible adjustments until the desired teeth alignment has been achieved.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

One is the transparency of the aligner - it won’t be that obvious when you smile, making it seem like they are invisible in contrast to the traditional metal braces. Another thing is that you won’t even have to worry about it while brushing or eating. The treatment plan is more straightforward, which means there may be shorter trips to the dental clinic.

Is Invisalign treatment painful?

It’s not painful, but there may be a bit of discomfort (e.g. the feeling of pressure in your teeth) as it adjusts on the first few days, but other than that, the overall treatment is painless.

How easy is Invisalign to use?

Invisalign is basically a removable type of braces. It’s easy to use and maintain for cleaning.

How are Invisalign aligners made?

Invisalign aligners are custom-made. Your dentist will base it on his evaluation of your teeth, where the measurements will be based on.

Is there any food restriction when under Invisalign Treatment?

There are none! It’s one of the perks of Invisalign - you have the freedom to consume any food of your liking since your aligners are removable.

How should I care for or clean my aligners?

In order to keep your aligners at their best, you will need to be brushed daily by using fluoride toothpaste and warm water.

What is the Invisalign Cleaning system?

The Invisalign Cleaning system is a method on how to thoroughly clean and maintains your aligners with the use of Invisalign cleaning crystals. It involves submerging your pre-washed aligners in lukewarm water and the cleaning crystals for about 15 minutes. After which, they have to be rinsed thoroughly, ensuring that no crystal debris is left.

How important is Invisalign cleaning crystals?

Invisalign cleaning crystals are designed especially for your aligners as a cleaning maintenance tool, where it gets rid of germs and bacteria that may accumulate over time. Likewise, this will prevent you from getting bad breath.

What alignment issues does Invisalign treat?

Some of the most common issues that Invisalign resolves are cross-bite, (large) gaps between teeth, crowded teeth, and unusual teeth shapes.

What is TMJ?

TMJ is short for Temporomandibular Joint involving the connection between your lower jaw (mandibular) to your skull. This join makes it possible for us to open and close our jaw, which is essential to speaking and eating.

Can Invisalign fix TMJ?

TMJ is caused by jaw misalignment. Invisalign caters more to teeth misalignment. It may relieve some aspects of TMJ, but no research or studies have shown that it can fix TMJ entirely.

How do I know if Invisalign is right for me?

If your experiencing some misalignment issues on your teeth such as overbite, unusually large gaps, and crowded teeth, then you may be qualified for an Invisalign treatment. Moreover, if you are looking into wearing braces that are convenient to use and not as visible as traditional metal braces are, then Invisalign may just be for you!

Is Invisalign applicable for teens?

Yes, of course! But before opting for one, It is recommended to consult with your dentist or orthodontist first.

What is the minimum age applicable for Invisalign Treatment?

There is no age limit for Invisalign Treatment. The basis greatly depends on the maturity of teeth development and the arrangement.

What is the difference between Invisalign and metal braces?

The main difference can be found in their appearances; Invisalign is removable and transparent in form, whereas metal braces are visible to the eyes and cannot be removed as you please.

I am currently wearing braces, can I switch to Invisalign?

It is possible, though there are instances when it may not be. Should you find yourself wanting to make the switch, it’s best to consult your dentist or orthodontist.

Is wearing Invisalign 22 hours a day really necessary?

It is as this has an impact on your teeth’ movement and development amidst the treatment.

Are there any other types of Invisalign Treatment?

There are 2 more types of Invisalign Treatment known:

  • Invisalign Lite - Highly recommended to those who may have minor misalignment issues
  • Invisalign Teen - It basically follows the same procedures as the original Invisalign, but the process is specifically designed for teenagers, such as their aligners having a color indicator to serve as a reminder for them to change or swap.
How do I know which Invisalign type do I need?

If you have some major misalignment issues to tend to, you may need an Invisalign Treatment. If you are a teen or a parent to a teen who wants to treat the misaligned teeth, then an Invisalign Teen treatment may be the superior choice. If you only have minor misalignment problems, you may want to opt for an Invisalign Lite treatment.
Nonetheless, make sure to consult your dentist or orthodontist to get the best reatment plan.

What accessory treatment should I get along with Invisalign?

You may want to get Invisalign cleaning crystals for cleanliness and maintenance.

Can I get sick during Invisalign treatment?

No, you won’t.

How long before I can see Invisalign Treatment's results?

Invisalign Treatment results may be visible for as early as 2 weeks, provided that aligners are being worn on schedule.

Are Invisalign results permanent?

Yes, as the whole treatment process is made to address the misalignment treatment in your teeth.

What happens when I'm done with my Invisalign Treatment?

You may have to wear retainers afterward.

How often will I need to schedule progress visits for my Invisalign?

It’s recommended to do so at least every two weeks.

Will the aligners affect my speech?

No, it will not.

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