Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign

Invisalign braces have become a popular alternative to traditional braces. While traditional braces may require you to keep a strict diet, could hurt if they break, and are not aesthetically please, Invisalign solves all of these problems. Invisalign allows patients to have the freedom to remove their braces when they are eating which means being able to eat whatever you want as well as not having to worry about damaging your braces while chewing. Plus, even with the braces on, they virtually invisible compared to traditional braces. We provide Invisalign braces to patients of all ages in Lisbon Maine. 

Will I Need To Wear A Retainer After Invisalign?

Depending on what you need corrected, the Invisalign process can take as little as 12 months to straighten your teeth, fix crowding, or close tooth gaps. But after treatment, you will likely still need a retainer. Whether you go with wire braces or Invisalign, a retainer is often recommended to ensure that you keep your teeth aligned. Teeth tend to move back into place over time. If you don’t wear your retainer for a few nights you may notice that it feels tight or uncomfortable the next time you put it on. If you go too long without wearing a retainer you will likely notice that your retainer no longer fits and will likely need braces again. 

Are Wire Braces More/Less Effective Than Invisalign?

This is one of the most common questions asked about traditional wire braces vs Invisalign. Many people assume that because you do not wear Invisalign 24/7 they are less effective. And while it is true that if you do not use your Invisalign as directed it can increase the length of your treatment time, as long as you use your Invisalign properly that will not be the case. In many ways, Invisalign braces are more effective and comfortable for patients. The fact that they can be removed means they are more discreet and less intrusive. As long as they are worn daily and only removed for eating and oral care, they are as effective as wire braces at moving teeth. 

How Long Do I Have To Wear Invisalign During The Day?

Most providers of Invisalign recommend that you wear your Invisalign braces for 22 hours every day. This means that you need to wear your braces while you sleep as well as when you are awake. You should only remove your braces to eat, clean your teeth, or clean your Invisalign braces. However, if you lose your braces or they brake, you can get new ones without it causing too much of an issue as long as you notify your provider quickly. Wearing your braces as instructed is important for getting your full results as quickly as possible, but occasionally forgetting to wear them for the full 22 hours is not the end of the world. Some individuals choose to not wear their braces when at a family event like a wedding because of pictures. And in small instances like this, there shouldn’t be a problem. 

How Much Do Invisalign Braces Cost?

Like any oral procedure cost will be dependent on a few factors. To get an accurate estimate you should contact an Invisalign provider in your area. Invisalign costs may be affected by where you live, how long the treatment will take, and the complexity of the treatment. Basically, the larger the change the longer it will take and the more sets of Invisalign braces you will need to have. On average Invisalign can cost a few thousand dollars. Some insurance companies may provide partial coverage if the Invisalign braces are needed for health reasons. Alternatively, financing through your provider may be available to help cover treatment costs. 

Schedule An Invisalign Consultation in Maine

If you are interested in learning if Invisalign is right for you or a member of your family, we would be happy to see you at our office in Lisbon Maine. For more information and to set up your consultation please call our office or send us a message through our new patient contact form. 

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