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Everything You Need to Know: 10 FAQs about Invisalign

1) Who is a candidate for Invisalign?
Any older teen or adult who suffers from moderate tooth alignment issues such as gapped teeth, crowded teeth, overbite, underbite, or crossbite is a potential candidate for the innovative technology. See your cosmetic dentist for a consultation to confirm if it is right for you.

2. What does the treatment consist of?
This is a process by which transparent aligners made of a thermoplastic material are used instead of metal braces to straighten teeth. Each set of custom aligners is specifically made for each person.

3. How do the aligners work?
Over the course of treatment, the average of which is 12 months, a series of aligners are specifically made according to your cosmetic dentist’s plan. Every two weeks or so you will switch out the clear braces for another set. Each set is slightly different an pressures certain teeth to move until you gradually achieve a perfect smile.

4. Can any dentist provide treatment with Invisalign?
Only dentists who have specialized training can treat patients with the product. Dentists must provide treatment results and complete ongoing training to continue providing treatments.

5. Are aligners really invisible?
These clear braces are virtually undetectable. You can go about your daily life and no one will be the wiser.

6. Can you remove them?
The aligners easily come in and out of your mouth for eating, tooth brushing, and cleaning. Unlike metal braces, you are not restricted as to what you can eat or drink while undergoing treatment.

7. How many hours per day do I need to wear the aligners?
For maximum benefit, you will need to wear the aligners as much as possible except when eating or cleaning your teeth or aligner.

8. Is my speech affected by the aligners?
You may notice a slight lisp before you become accustomed to the aligners. That will typically disappear over a short period of time.

9. Can the aligners ever fall off?
While it is certainly possible, aligners fit closely to the teeth and are unlikely to fall off.

10. What happens after the treatment is over?
You will have a perfect smile! As with all orthodontic treatment, you will most likely be fitted with a retainer to help maintain teeth shape. See your dentist for more details.

Click here to set up your Invisalign consultation today with Dr. Michael T. Williams, Charlotte University Area cosmetic dentist.

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