Do you have a list of questions you wish to ask your dentist about Invisalign? We have compiled some frequently asked questions about Invisalign to help you make the right decision. Should you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.
I’ve damaged an aligner. What do I do?
One thing you should remember when receiving treatment with Invisalign is to never throw away your previous aligners. Why? Because should you accidentally lose or damage one, you can return to wearing your previous trays if necessary. It will be important for you to contact us immediately if this happens. Our team can quickly determine the stage of treatment you are in and decide whether you should return to wearing your previous trays until a new aligner can be created, or if you can go ahead and move forward in your treatment with the next set in the series.
How should I clean my aligners?
You have two options when it comes to cleaning your aligners: the Invisalign Cleaning Crystals system or using at-home items. Should you choose the latter, all you need is a soft-bristled toothbrush, clear soap, and lukewarm water. This will effectively remove dried-on saliva and food particles from your trays, preventing any harmful bacteria from re-entering your mouth and causing problems to develop (i.e. tooth decay, cavities, gum disease). Just make sure never to use hot water, as this will warp your trays.
Can I be treated with Invisalign if I’ve had braces before?
It is not uncommon for adults to receive Invisalign, especially if they’ve had traditional braces in the past. Why? Because, unfortunately, most individuals who do not wear their retainer as they should end up noticing that their teeth have shifted over time. Fortunately, wearing Invisalign is a possibility even if you had braces as a teenager. This more discreet solution gives you the freedom to realign your teeth without having to wear embarrassing metal again.
Can I eat whatever I want with Invisalign?
While this method of orthodontic treatment is designed to be more flexible and allow you to eat all the foods you enjoy, it is important that you avoid or limit stain-causing foods and beverages. Should you drink a cup of coffee or eat a plate full of colorful berries, make sure to rinse out your mouth and brush your teeth before reinserting your trays. This will prevent the color from the food from transferring onto your trays.
Otherwise, you can freely eat the foods you love without worrying about the frustration of removing it from brackets and wires like you would with traditional metal braces.