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Invisalign FAQ’s Grand Rapids, MI

Wish you could straighten teeth without traditional metal braces? Our Invisalign® dentists at Renew Family Dental can help you achieve your best smile with clear aligners.

Like the name suggests, Invisalign are nearly invisible aligners that move your teeth little by little into optimal alignment.

Continue reading to learn what questions our patients typically ask us before starting Invisalign treatment. If you have a question that isn’t listed below, call our office to schedule a consultation with one of our Invisalign dentists in Grand Rapids, MI.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Invisalign braces really work?

Yes! Invisalign exerts enough pressure on teeth to move them into their final positions. In other words, Invisalign helps you achieve better teeth alignment. At each appointment, one of our dentists will check your progress and give you your next set of teeth aligners in the series when you’re ready. Each set of aligners is worn for about 2 weeks, depending on the complexity of your case and how diligent you are about wearing your aligners.

Is Invisalign as good as regular braces?

Yes, advances in Invisalign technology have made it possible to treat more complex cases. Keep in mind that our Invisalign dentists may need to use SmartForce® attachments to move your teeth into their final positions. SmartForce attachments are small tooth-colored bumps that push against your aligners. These attachments allow us to treat more complex cases with Invisalign.

How long does it take for Invisalign to work?

How long you’ll need Invisalign braces will depend on the complexity of your case. During your initial consultation, one of our dentists will be able to explain how long you may need Invisalign braces. In general, adult patients are done with Invisalign treatment within 12 months. Since each patient is different, we recommend consulting with one of our Invisalign dentists to get your unique timeframe.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

One of the main benefits of Invisalign is that they are subtle enough to go unnoticed by your friends, family, and co-workers. If you are an adult seeking orthodontic treatment, Invisalign is an attractive option because you don’t have to wear metal braces on your teeth. Since Invisalign is removable, you are also able to continue eating your favorite foods.

Invisalign also makes it easier to maintain healthy oral hygiene habits. People with braces often neglect their oral hygiene because it’s difficult to clean around wires and brackets. For example, to floss your teeth around braces, you would have to thread the floss under the wire for each tooth in your smile. With Invisalign, you simply remove your clear aligners and resume your normal oral hygiene routine.

How long do I have to wear aligners each day?

You will need to wear Invisalign 20 to 22 hours every day to get the results you want. Your clear aligners should only be out of your mouth when you eat, drink, brush, and floss. Otherwise, it’ll take longer for you to achieve a beautifully, straightened smile. Invisalign only works as long as you wear your aligners.

How painful is Invisalign?

Since Invisalign exerts pressure on teeth to move, you will feel temporary dental discomfort during the first day or two of wearing new aligners. However, many of our patients feel that the temporary pain is worth having a straighter smile. The pressure you feel on your teeth is a sign that the aligners are working.

Are there certain foods I can’t eat with Invisalign?

You can enjoy an unlimited diet during Invisalign treatment. Invisalign aligners are removable, which means you will simply take them out before eating your favorite foods. Many of our patients appreciate being able to eat foods that would be too sticky or hard to chew for braces. Keep in mind that you will need to brush your teeth after eating to avoid staining your clear aligners.

Can you drink coffee with Invisalign?

Coffee, tea, and other hot beverages can warp the plastic material of your aligners. This is why we recommend drinking coffee with a meal while your aligners are already out of your mouth. Doing this also means you won’t have to worry about staining your clear aligners. Just make sure you brush your teeth after drinking coffee and eating.

Do you lose weight with Invisalign?

While Invisalign is NOT a weight-loss aid, some patients lose weight with Invisalign because it’s more difficult to snack between meals. During Invisalign treatment, it’s essential that you wear your aligners 20 to 22 hours a day. Otherwise, it’ll take longer to move your teeth into their final positions. You’ll also need to brush your teeth after eating so you don’t stain your Invisalign clear aligners. Both of these factors tend to discourage snacking throughout the day.

Does Invisalign give you a lisp?

The vast majority of Invisalign patients don’t have a lisp during the first few days of wearing their aligners. Those that do, notice their lisp disappear rather quickly once they get used to speaking around their clear aligners. Invisalign braces are made of smooth, thin plastic material. As a result, patients typically don’t have any issues speaking while wearing Invisalign.

Can you kiss with Invisalign?

Yes, you’ll be able to kiss while wearing Invisalign. Invisalign aligners are smooth and fit tightly around your teeth, which means you won’t have to worry about your aligners slipping during a romantic moment. That being said, you may want to let your partner know that you’re wearing Invisalign ahead of time.

Drs. Donald VanderLinde and Alexandra Dodds are Invisalign dentists in Grand Rapids, MI. To request an appointment and learn if you’re a candidate for Invisalign braces, call Renew Family Dental at (616) 245-3205.