Invisalign Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the top questions we get from people considering Invisalign Invisible, Removable Braces.

How long does Invisalign take?

Invisalign treatments are often shorter than braces—they last 9 to 12 months on average—but it depends on the case. Some cases can be treated in as little as 6 months, but some might need as long as 18 months. Our doctors can provide you with an estimate for your particular case.

What do the aligners look like?

Like this!

Invisalign aligners are the clear, removable alternative to braces

Are there any foods I can't eat while using Invisalign?

Since you can take out your aligners before you eat, you can eat whatever you want while straightening your teeth with Invisalign. Just make sure that when you finish, you brush both your teeth and the aligners before you put them back in.

What about gum?

You can even chew gum! Just remove your aligners first—you don't want it sticking to them!

How long do I need to wear the aligners each day?

Your Invisalign aligners should be worn for 22 hours a day. That still leaves plenty of time, though, to pop them out when you brush & floss, or when you eat and drink.

Does Invisalign affect your speech?

The aligners will feel a little funny at first but most people will be able to speak very clearly after the first day.

Does it hurt or feel uncomfortable?

Each time you get a new aligner, it will put a little pressure on your teeth (they have to do this in order to shift your teeth into their straighter positions). This is a little uncomfortable, but with the SmartTrack material, it should last only about 6 hours.

How should I clean the aligners?

We recommend using your standard toothbrush with toothpaste. Brush your aligners when you brush your teeth to keep them squeeky clean.

How many times do I need to visit the office each month?

To make sure your treatment goes smoothly, you need to visit our office twice every 6 to 8 weeks.

Will I have to wear a retainer after the Invisalign treatment?

After your treatment, you should always wear retainers when you sleep. This will help make sure your teeth stay perfectly aligned.

Does Invisalign work for teens?

Absolutely! Invisalign Teen even has features that are most requested by parents—like the color-coded strip that tells you if the aligners are being worn for the right amount of time each day!

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