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Invisalign® FAQ

With its aesthetic appeal, removability, and comfortable design, Invisalign is a terrific orthodontic option for adults and adolescents alike. If you are interested in getting started with Invisalign at South Texas Orthodontics, contact us today to schedule a consultation. We have five convenient locations to choose from, including offices in Austin and Schertz. For answers to commonly asked questions about Invisalign, please continue reading below.

Q. How often do I wear my aligners?

A. You must wear your Invisalign aligners for up to 22 hours a day. You may remove them for eating, drinking, and regular oral hygiene.

Q. Are there any restrictions to what I can eat while undergoing treatment?

A. No. Because Invisalign aligners are removable, unlike with braces, you can eat whatever you want during treatment as long as you remove the aligners beforehand. Note: prior to placing the aligners back into your mouth after a meal, it is important that you brush them and your teeth.

Q. Will wearing Invisalign aligners affect my speech?

A. Like any orthodontic treatment appliance, there is a short adjustment period. The more you speak with your Invisalign aligners on, the quicker you will adjust to them.

Q. Is there any discomfort with Invisalign treatment?

A. There will be some pressure and minor discomfort for a day or two after each initial insertion of a new Invisalign aligner. This is a sign that your teeth are moving closer to their final position.

Q. Can I chew gum?

A. Yes, but your orthodontist recommends that you remove your Invisalign aligners prior to chewing gum, as the gum will stick to the aligners.

Q. Can I smoke with my aligners in?

A. Our orthodontists discourage smoking with Invisalign aligners, as the cigarette smoke tends to discolor them.

Q. How do I keep my aligners clean?

A. Brushing your Invisalign aligners with toothpaste will keep them fresh and clean.

Q. How often do I see an orthodontist while wearing Invisalign?

A. Regular office visits (whether you are a patient of our Austin office, Schertz office, or another location) are required every five to six weeks. These visits allow your orthodontist to ensure that your Invisalign treatment is progressing as planned.

Q. What happens after my treatment is complete? Do I need retainers?

A. Post treatment, all orthodontic patients are instructed by their orthodontist to wear retainers at night indefinitely. Sleeping with your retainers at night will ensure a healthy bite and maintain the new position of your teeth.

Q. How long does Invisalign treatment take?

A. Invisalign treatment time varies depending on the severity of the misaligned teeth. Treatment can be shorter than traditional braces though—between six and eighteen months.

Q. Does Invisalign work for kids and teens?

A. Yes, if their teeth (including secondary molars) have grown in completely, Invisalign can work for kids. We also offer Invisalign Teen specifically for the adolescent age group.

Learn More & Get Started Today

Invisalign and Invisalign Teen are fantastic orthodontic treatment options that fit with many patients’ unique needs and lifestyles. To learn if Invisalign is right for you and to take that first step to get started on treatment, contact the team at South Texas Orthodontics to schedule a consultation with your orthodontist today. We look forward to seeing you soon!