How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign trays are customized to every patient. Each set is designed to move a few teeth at a time until your entire smile is in alignment. Both teeth and tooth roots are moved simultaneously, speeding up the straightening process. The length of your unique case and the number of trays you must wear will be determined before treatment begins. While the clear braces do their job, it’s up to the patient to wear them 20 to 22 hours a day and follow through with their commitment to Invisalign.
Does Invisalign Hurt?
At the start of each new set of Invisalign, you will feel some pressure and a little discomfort. This is normal as teeth are being shifted into new positions. After a few days, the sensation will fade. You will learn what to expect when changing trays every two weeks and get used to the experience. Many patients minimize the discomfort by putting their new trays in at bedtime so they can sleep through the initial pain. The trays themselves are smooth and comfortable. There are no brackets or wires to snag the soft tissues of your mouth.
How Often Do I Have to Wear Invisalign?
Invisalign must be worn for 20 to 22 hours every day. This is the only way to get the greatest benefits from the treatment. Trays should only be removed during meals, snacks, and cleanings.
What Happens if I Don’t Wear My Trays for a Day?
As an Invisalign patient, you can remove your aligners whenever you want. Still, your cosmetic dentist also expects you to follow your treatment plan as agreed upon. If you leave the trays off your teeth for more than an hour at a time, this will begin to interrupt your treatment progress. Each set of trays is only designed for two weeks of wear and to move certain teeth – if you interfere with this movement by taking your trays out too often, the next set of movements will be negatively affected.
What are Attachments, and Do I Need them?
Attachments are tiny composite shapes temporarily bonded to specific teeth to anchor the Invisalign trays so they fit snugly and move the teeth better. Not every patient needs attachments, but they are a common part of this treatment to make it work efficiently and effectively.
How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Last?
On average, Invisalign treatment takes about one year to complete, but every patient is different. Depending on the complexity of your misalignment, you may need more than a year for the entire treatment or only six to nine months wearing the clear trays. Your Invisalign provider will give you this answer at the beginning before you commit to treatment.
Do I have to Wear a Retainer after Invisalign?
All types of braces require a retainer after treatment is complete. When your teeth and roots are shifted into their new positions, their location must be reinforced so the entire process is not done in vain. Invisalign retainers are just as discreet as the aligners themselves, so you can discreetly keep your newly straightened smile in place. Permanent wear is typically the recommendation after treatment is completed, followed by nighttime wear after several months.
How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
Invisalign treatment has a different price for every patient but generally ranges between $3,000 and $7,000. However, the final amount will depend on how complex a patient’s misalignment is, how many trays are needed, and your orthodontist’s location. There are always accessible methods for financing this treatment to get the straight smile you want.
Is Invisalign Right for Me?
Dr. Don Mungcal
Dr. Tara Mavadat
Dr. Ivan Chan
With over 28 years of experience and service, Dr. Mungcal makes it his responsibility to be the best version of himself by being his patients’ go-to point for any and all dental concerns. In addition to being meticulous in his work ethic, he is also an individual who understands development and change. He updates and informs himself constantly through various continuous educational programs that he undertakes. He also invests in the latest state-of-the-art technology to provide world-class dental services.
Dr. Mungcal graduated from UCLA and the University of the Pacific Dental School and is presently a member of several acclaimed medical associations, including the California Dental Society.
Dr. Tara Mavadat was always passionate about dentistry and is committed to helping patients achieve excellent oral health and beautiful smiles that last long. Having earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of the Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry, she focuses on comprehensive general dentistry with an emphasis on preventive dentistry. Her primary goals are to provide comfort and quality as well as exceptional esthetic outcomes to every patient.
Dr. Ivan Chan is enthusiastic about dentistry and his patients' oral health and is dedicated to providing compassionate and effective care. He is a highly skilled dentist who received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) at the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry.
Dr. Chan has extensive training in general dentistry. He focuses on creating lasting smiles while attempting to prevent gum disease and cavities. He looks forward to assisting you with all your needs while assuring you that your trust is always in good hands, regardless of your needs!