Top 7 Questions Stafford Family Dental Clients Ask About Invisalign Retainers

Invisalign treatment in Lethbridge can be a great alternative to traditional braces. When it comes to straightening your teeth, Invisalign aligners are custom-made for you, and week after week, we start to see results of your teeth moving due to the pressure that the Invisalign aligners put on your teeth. There are many questions we get asked about Invisalign, here are the top 7 questions that are most commonly asked.

Is Invisalign better than traditional braces?

The short answer is, absolutely. Most people prefer Invisalign retainers because they are less noticeable day to day and they are more comfortable. Most users of traditional braces tend to get cuts on their lips, experience tight pressure, and are limited in what they can eat during the transition times. With the Invisalign aligners, you avoid the sharp objects in your mouth, less emergency visits, and can take less time than traditional braces.

Is Invisalign recommended for all ages?

While we agree that Invisalign can be used for all ages, it is dependent on a thorough assessment to determine what is the best option for each individual patient. Taking care of your aligners is a priority. When you consider the time that the Invisalign aligners need to be worn, it can be tempting to remove them to relieve the pressure. The pressure indicates that Invisalign is working.

How long does Invisalign take to straighten my teeth?

Each case will be dependent on the patient, however, we tend to see most people using Invisalign for around 6 months for mild cases and from 12-18 months for moderate to severe cases of teeth straightening.

What am I allowed to eat with Invisalign?

One of the biggest perks of using Invisalign is the ability to eat whatever you’d like! Unlike traditional braces which limit what you can eat, Invisalign aligners can be taken out for meals, then placed back in after a quick clean.

How many hours a day should I wear Invisalign?

We recommend 22 hours/day. We tend to find those who don’t keep their aligners in, tend to have longer treatment schedules. We recommend you only take them off for meals, brushing your teeth, and cleaning. The Invisalign aligners may feel uncomfortable while they are working, but the discomfort tends to reduce after a few days per aligner switch.

What is the cost of Invisalign?

This will depend on the patient’s alignment issues and the required length of treatment. Typically, the cost for Invisalign is around $7000.00. It is highly recommended that you speak to us about your treatment plan and what insurance plans can help ease the payments. Once you finish your Invisalign treatment you will need a new set of retainers yearly at an approximate cost of $500 for a set.

How do I clean my Invisalign Aligners?

The best way to clean your Invisalign aligners is by brushing them while you brush your teeth. There are also different solutions/cleaners you can pick up from your local drugstore that can help with cleaning them.

If you have other questions about Invisalign or any other dental services we can provide, Stafford Family Dental wants to ensure you have the best care for your oral health. Give us a call at 403-942-3733 or by emailing us at [email protected].