Invisalign® FAQs
Portland, OR

Teen holding a clear aligner at Sylvan Heights Dental We all want a beautiful smile, but sometimes, genetics may cause your teeth to become misaligned. Thanks to advancements in dentistry, you do not have to be stuck with bad teeth for a lifetime.

Invisalign® are essentially clear and removable aligners that can correct the appearance of your teeth. They are capable of correcting your teeth over time without the use of brackets or wires. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Invisalign:

What are Invisalign made of and how do they look?

These clear aligners are primarily made of flexible plastic. A patented thermoplastic material known as SmartTrack was produced specially for Invisalign treatment.

How do Invisalign work?

Invisalign needs to be worn for at least 20-22 hours every day. However, you may have to remove them before drinking, eating, brushing, and flossing. You are supposed to replace each aligner with the next in line to help your teeth move into place steadily.

How can Invisalign straighten my teeth?

Your dentist will create a specific digital treatment map to evaluate the precise movements of your teeth. Invisalign clear aligners are then produced to apply just the right amount of pressure at the right spots as per the digital plan. The dentist will carefully track your progress to ensure that your aligners fit properly.

How long is the treatment?

The time period of the treatment depends upon the kind of alignment issues you have. Typically, Invisalign treatment for adults may last for 12-18 months. For teenagers, treatment can be completed in 2-3 years, which is as long as conventional braces have to be worn.

Do I have to avoid certain foods?

No. One of the prime advantages of Invisalign is that you do not have to limit your diet. The aligners are meant to be removed while you eat, so you do not have to worry about damaging them by chewing hard, crunchy, or sticky foods.

Is Invisalign treatment painful?

You may experience slight, temporary discomfort for a few days at the start of every new stage of treatment where new aligners would be fitted. This is usually described as a feeling of pressure, and is quite normal. In fact, it is an indication that the aligners are working by slowly repositioning your teeth. The discomfort generally disappears after a day or two.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Invisalign have several benefits:
•  Unnoticeable: Invisalign clear aligners are virtually unnoticeable. People may be unable to observe that you are wearing them, boosting your self-confidence and enhancing your smile.
•  Removable: Invisalign is removable, allowing you to eat and drink the foods you desire. You can also remove them to brush and floss your teeth to maintain good oral habits.
•  Minimum adjustment required: Unlike conventional braces, there are no brackets or wires involved in Invisalign. This implies that less time is spent getting them adjusted.
•  Comfortable: As Invisalign are made of smooth plastic, they are considerably more comfortable to wear than conventional metal braces. They do not contain any sharp edges or protrusions that can hurt your mouth.

Invisalign helps you eat and drink freely, with its invisibility enabling you to smile confidently. We have information on how much Invisalign costs if you are curious. If you have misaligned teeth that require correction, schedule an appointment with us at Sylvan Heights Dental by contacting us at (503) 297-1471 today.

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Portland, OR 97221

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Invisalign are clear and removable aligners that can correct the appearance of your teeth. Call Sylvan Heights Dental for any of your Invisalign questions today!
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