Answering Your Most Common Questions About Invisalign®
Would you love to straighten your teeth but are hesitant to start treatment because you are not interested in traditional metal braces at this stage of your life? We know that many of our adult patients would love an alternative orthodontic treatment that is not as obvious and offers more flexibility with appointments. Invisalign® is the perfect solution. We want to share some of the most popular questions and our responses that we receive about Invisalign.
What is Invisalign?
- Invisalign is a popular orthodontic treatment that uses a system of clear aligner trays to slowly transition the teeth into the desired placement.
Do the Trays Always Remain in the Mouth?
- One of the biggest benefits of Invisalign is the fact that the trays are removable. The trays need to be removed while eating and cleaning the teeth. We recommend patients wear their trays for approximately 22 hours per day to ensure maximum success.
Are There Any Food Restrictions?
- Since the trays are removable, there are no food restrictions. Patients are able to enjoy their favorite foods without concern. Our only recommendation is to be sure to place your trays in a container and not wrap them in a napkin or paper towel. We would hate for your trays to be thrown out by mistake.
Are Regular Office Visits Necessary?
- There are points during treatment when visits to the office are necessary; however, it is less frequent then when traditional metal braces are worn. Being that the treatment consists of a series of aligners, you do not visit the office each time a new tray is needed. Rather, your visits are more to check on the progress of the teeth.
Is It Easy to Care for Your Teeth and the Trays?
- Because the trays are removable, you clean your teeth as normal with brushing and flossing. We will provide specific instructions on how to clean your Invisalign trays to ensure they are bacteria free and do not become damaged.
If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign or have additional questions, be sure to contact our office in Houston, TX to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you on your journey to straight teeth.