What is the Invisalign process?
During your consultation, we’ll take a look at your teeth to create your custom orthodontic treatment plan. Next, your clear aligners will be created and you’ll want to wear them for about 22 hours per day to keep your treatment plan on track. The only time you shouldn’t be wearing them is while eating, brushing, and flossing. You’ll begin using a new aligner every 1 to 2 weeks, and we’ll make sure everything is going smoothly at your orthodontic appointments. Once your treatment is complete and your smile looks exactly how you want it, we’ll give you a retainer to wear at night to keep your new smile looking beautiful and straight.
How long does it take braces to straighten teeth?
In most cases, Invisalign can provide you with a straighter smile in as little as 12 to 18 months. For mild orthodontic issues, some patients only need to wear their aligners for six months, and in other cases patients have to wear them for 24 months or a little longer to complete their treatment. When you come in for your consultation, we can give you a rough estimate as to how long we believe your orthodontic treatment will need to be.
Do braces hurt?
Because your teeth are being moved from their current positions, you can expect some pain for a few days after you begin wearing your aligners. You may also experience a little pain or tenderness when you change aligners and start using the next one in your series. If you are experiencing general mouth pain, over-the-counter pain relievers work well to relieve the pain. If the aligners feel uncomfortable against certain parts of the teeth and gums, you can also use dental wax in between the aligner and the tender area while you become accustomed to wearing them. If you are still experiencing a lot of pain or discomfort after a week or two of wearing your aligners, let us know so we can assess the situation.
If you’ve been searching for an orthodontist in or near John’s Island, our team at Stono Dental would love to discuss your orthodontic options with you at our office. Worried about the cost of treatment? We offer flexible, affordable payment options that make Invisalign a budget-friendly cosmetic option for most patients. Visit our financial page to learn more about financing your Invisalign treatment.