Our Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign®
A collection of our most frequently asked questions about Invisalign and the treatment process.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is the virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth and achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Using advanced 3D computer-imaging technology, Invisalign depicts your complete treatment plan based on your Dr. Terri Pukanich’s prescription, from the initial position of your teeth to the final desired position. Then a series of clear aligners are custom-made for your teeth – and your teeth only – to move them little by little. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next in the series, gradually moving towards the projected final position. Your Invisalign treatment time will be determined by your Dr. Pukanich, based on your specific needs.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible. No one may even notice that you’re wearing these virtually invisible aligners, making Invisalign a seamless fit with your lifestyle and day-to-day interactions with others.
Invisalign aligners are removable giving you the flexibility to eat and drink what you want during treatment by simply removing the aligners. And you can also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would for fresh breath and to maintain good oral hygiene.
Unlike traditional fixed braces, there are no metal brackets or wires. This means that in most cases less time is spent in your Invisalign Provider’s practice for adjustments.
And finally, Invisalign allows you to view your virtual results and treatment plan before you even begin treatment so you can see how your teeth are expected to look when your treatment is complete
Is this a new way to straighten teeth?
Dentists or orthodontists have, in the past, successfully used removable appliances for years. But with the application of Align Technology’s 3D computer technology and mass-customisation, the Invisalign System can be used to treat a wide range of patients who wants straighter teeth. The unique ClinCheck® software allows patients to see their treatment plan from beginning to end even before the start of treatment.
How many patients are being treated with Invisalign?
More than 3 million patients worldwide have been treated with Invisalign. The number of Invisalign smiles grows daily.
How much does Invisalign cost?
As with other types of orthodontic treatment, the cost of Invisalign is dependent on the complexity of your issue and your course of treatment. At Slave Lake Dental we are proud to say that the price of Invisalign treatment runs the same price as traditional wire braces. This way you never have to choose between the two based on price. And, although each case is a different price based on your personalized treatment plan, prices for Invisalign treatment are generally between $4,500 to just over $7,000.
Many insurance and health benefit have orthodontic treatment coverage that would help absorb some of your personalized treatment price.
How do I get started with Invisalign?
Make your FREE Invisalign consultation with Dr. Terri Pukanich today. Your consultation is obligation free. We will discuss your treatment plan, take a 3D digital scan of your teeth and show you what your smile will look like after you complete treatment. Call to book today at 780-849-2234.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign aligners move teeth with an appropriate placement of controlled movement on the teeth. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign not only controls the amount of movement per aligner, but also the timing of the movement. So at each stage, only certain teeth are allowed to move, as per the Invisalign treatment plan for that particular stage. This results in an efficient force delivery system that moves teeth into the desired prescribed position.
What are aligners made of and what do they look like?
The virtually invisible aligners are made of strong medical grade thermoplastic material, uniquely developed for the Invisalign System. The aligners are custom-made for you and fit snugly over your teeth.
What age of patients do you treat with Invisalign?
No matter what stage you’re at in life, you’ll appreciate the minimal interference in your daily activities that Invisalign® offers. Invisalign to treat malocclusion for a majority of adults and adolescents who want a better smile. Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you.
How often would I visit the office once treatment is started?
Appointment intervals are generally the same as with traditional braces but can be much quicker with less time spent in the dentists’ or orthodontists’ chair during appointments as no adjustments need to be made to wires/brackets. Patients typically visit Dr. Pukanich every 4 to 6 weeks to ensure the treatment is progressing as planned, and to receive their next few sets of Invisalign aligners, but your Dr. Pukanich will decide based on your treatment.
How long does Invisalign treatment take?
The total duration of treatment depends on the complexity of the treatment and is generally comparable to that of traditional braces. Typically treatment can last between 12 and 18 months. During your consultation, Dr. Pukanich can provide you with more detailed information.
Is the Invisalign treatment painful?
Some people may experience temporary, minor discomfort for a few days, at the beginning of each new stage of treatment when they insert a new aligner. This is normal and is typically described as a feeling of pressure. It is a sign that the aligners are working – moving your teeth gradually, helping you to achieve the final results.
Does the procedure work on overbites?
Invisalign can be used to treat overbites in the vast majority of adults and adolescents . Call our office today for your FREE Invisalign consultation to determine whether Invisalign is suitable for you.
Are there certain dental conditions that automatically exclude someone from being an eligible patient?
Only an Invisalign Provider like Dr. Pukanich at Slave Lake Dental can determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment. Call our office today for your FREE Invisalign consultation to determine whether Invisalign is suitable for you at 780-849-2234.
Can Invisalign close gaps and spaces?
Yes. Spaces between teeth are generally easy to close with Invisalign. Call our office today for your FREE Invisalign consultation to determine whether Invisalign is suitable for you at 780-849-2234.
Will TMJ affect Invisalign treatment?
TMJ refers to the temporomandibular (jaw) joint . People with a TMJ condition can have a number of problems with the jaw joint, some of which can be aggravated by appliances and treatments like Invisalign, and some which can improve, remain the same or even cause the condition to deteriorate. To find out if your TMJ problem will adversely impact treatment, call our office today for your FREE Invisalign consultation to determine whether Invisalign is suitable for you at 780-849-2234.
Will I have to wear a retainer after?
Wearing a retainer after any orthodontic treatment is an important step, because it keeps teeth stable in their new positions. If you want your teeth to remain in their ideal position, it is best to wear a retainer as directed by your dentist. In many cases your last aligner will be your temporary retainer, until your retention option is determined. Dr. Terri Pukanich can advise you on longer term retention options.
Since having my braces removed, my teeth have shifted. Can Invisalign correct this?
A number of Invisalign patients have undergone a previous treatment involving braces at some point in their past, often during their youth. Invisalign can usually correct the shifting that occurs after braces commonly referred to as relapse.
I am currently wearing braces. Can I make the switch to Invisalign?
A significant number of patients are being treated with a combination of braces and Invisalign. Consult an with Dr. Terri Pukanich to determine the best treatment for you.
Are there restrictions on what I can eat while in treatment?
No. Unlike traditional wires and brackets, you can eat whatever you like while in treatment because you remove your aligners to eat and drink. Thus, there is no need to restrict consuming any of your favourite foods and snacks. Also, it is important that you brush and floss your teeth after each meal and prior to re-inserting your aligners to maintain proper hygiene.
How often must the aligners be worn?
Aligners should be worn all the time during treatment, except when eating, brushing or flossing teeth. A minimum of 22 hours a day.
Will the aligners affect my speech?
The vast majority of patients report no effect on speech. However, as with traditional orthodontic appliances, there is an initial adjustment period associated with having something new in the mouth.
What's the best way to clean my aligners?
The best way to clean your aligners is by brushing and rinsing them in lukewarm water and using the Invisalign Cleaning Crystals or special cleaning tablets. It’s important that you brush your teeth after each meal and prior to re-inserting your aligners to maintain proper hygiene.
Can I chew gum while wearing aligners?
Chewing gum while wearing aligners is not advised as gum can stick to aligners. It is recommended that aligners be removed for all meals and snacks.