Dr. Bruce Matthews, DDS

Will Invisalign Treatment be Shorter Than Braces and 6 Other Common Questions

June 30, 2018
Posted By: Dr. Bruce Matthews
Close up of dentist holding Invisalign tray in Wilmington DE

One of the great things about getting your teeth straightened with Invisalign is that treatment is generally shorter than it is with traditional orthodontics. Most people who visit our Wilmington, DE practice for Invisalign treatment find that they have reached their smile goal in a matter of months. Of course, each patient is different, but on average, we find that patients spend anywhere from six to 19 months undergoing Invisalign treatment. This is quite a bit faster than with traditional braces!

How does Invisalign treatment work?

Invisalign works with a series of clear plastic aligners that fit over your teeth. Every couple of weeks, you will swap out the old set of aligners for a new one. The aligners will gently move your teeth into the desired position.

Is Invisalign treatment painful?

Unlike painful trips to the orthodontist to make adjustments to your traditional metal braces, Invisalign treatment moves your teeth more gradually. Most patients report only minor discomfort when they put in a new set of aligners.

Are there any food restrictions during Invisalign treatment?

No. Because the aligners are removable, you can eat all of your favorite foods during treatment.

How much do I have to wear the aligners during treatment?

Patients will need to commit to wearing the aligners for at least 22 hours a day if they want to reach their smile goal.

Will I need to wear a retainer after treatment?

Yes. There are different types of retainers you can wear, including one that is very similar to the plastic aligners you will use during treatment. It’s important to wear your retainer as instructed so your teeth don’t slide back into their old position.

How do I take care of my teeth with Invisalign?

With removable aligners, you can brush and floss just as you always have!

Find out if Invisalign is right for you by contacting Dr. Bruce Matthews at our Wilmington, DE practice.

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