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September 20th 2022
As you learn about orthodontic options and find yourself wanting to know more about Invisalign, you’ll have plenty of questions for your Philadelphia orthodontist and friends and family who have undergone the same treatment. There are always similar concerns and curiosities among Invisalign patients, and it helps to get familiar with what’s ahead before you undergo this transformative treatment.
Do I have to wear Invisalign 24/7?
You do not have to wear Invisalign 24 hours a day, seven days a week – but you do have to wear the trays for 20 to 22 hours a day, removing them only for meals and cleanings. And this deal is great when you think about the freedom it allows you compared to the wearers of conventional metal braces who wear their hardware around the clock until their orthodontist removes it.
How does Invisalign straighten my teeth?
It may seem like those clear, thin aligners can’t possibly have the power to shift your teeth into alignment, but there is a customized plan to move both tooth crowns and roots simultaneously. Sometimes, attachments are needed – composite-colored dots temporarily bonded to certain teeth to anchor the trays and make them work better. No matter what your treatment looks like, success will come if you do what your orthodontist says and wear the trays daily, change them as indicated, and keep your checkup appointments.
How do I know if I’m a good candidate for Invisalign?
Every Invisalign treatment begins with a dental examination, digital images, and x-rays taken by your orthodontic team. After reviewing all these details, only your Philadelphia Invisalign provider can determine whether you are a good candidate for the treatment. It’s always a good idea to see an orthodontist for any sort of alignment matters, even though many dentists do offer Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. Your orthodontist is an expert in the movement of teeth – if Invisalign isn’t the answer for you, there is always another way to transform your smile with other orthodontia.
What does it feel like to wear Invisalign?
Invisalign trays are foreign objects on your teeth and they will feel strange at first. The aligners will be snug and exert pressure – but it is their job to move your teeth into the proper positions. Eventually, you will get used to the feeling of having the trays in your mouth. As for the composition of Invisalign, the aligners are smooth and thin, so they won’t be bulky or feel cumbersome behind your lips. Remember, the alternative to Invisalign is brackets and wires – you’re in a great position with this advanced orthodontic treatment.
Can I afford Invisalign?
Invisalign is an amazing treatment that can be made affordable. Your orthodontist offers low, accessible financing and payment plans. Though that $3,000 to $7,000 price tag is daunting, it includes everything from start to finish so there are no surprises. You will also know at the start exactly what your final price will be so you can factor that into your decision-making.
Have additional questions about Invisalign? Schedule an appointment with Drs. Roberts & de Marsche at Philadelphia Orthodontists in Center City to learn more.