Your dentist informed you that you require orthodontic treatment? You want to get started with a more discreet solution than traditional metal braces and your orthodontist offers Invisalign treatment? Here are some questions Dr. F. Lavoie answers regularly!
How do Invisalign aligners move teeth?
During your visit to Dr. F. Lavoie’s clinic, you will discuss together the number of aligners required for the duration of your treatment. Adjusting the position of your teeth is accomplished by wearing a sequential series of clear aligners. Together with proven technologies, your orthodontist sets up a treatment plan that only allows certain teeth to move at the desired time thanks to controlled force.<>
Are Invisalign aligners painful?
Many patients feel almost nothing when wearing the aligners. However, some people may experience slight pressure or discomfort. This usually occurs at the beginning of each sequential series and lasts only a few days. It’s also a sign that the treatment is working! Don’t worry, even if you don’t feel any discomfort, the Invisalign treatment still works.
Will wearing Invisalign aligners affect my speech?
Any new device inside the mouth requires a certain adaptation, whether it’s traditional metal braces or Invisalign treatments. Some people will notice a slight and temporary impact on their speech, but it normally subsides within a day or two. A kind of lisp (talking on the tip of the tongue) may appear, but the tongue quickly gets used to the presence of the aligners. Most patients don’t notice a difference.
What should I do if I lose my Invisalign aligner?
In case of breakage or loss of Invisalign aligners, you must absolutely contact your orthodontic clinic. In the meantime, if you can wear the aligners from the previous step in order to prevent your teeth from moving. In some cases, it is possible to get ahead and skip to the next stage of aligners. In rare cases and only when absolutely necessary, we can replace lost or broken aligners and deliver them within a few days.
Do cigarettes affect my aligners?
We do not recommend smoking to begin with, let alone when doing Invisalign treatments. Nicotine stains and discolors the aligners, and a yellow smile takes away the invisible aspect of the treatment. That’s certainly not what you want!
Are there any dietary restrictions during Invisalign treatments?
No! Since you remove your aligners during meals, you can eat all the foods you want, without limitations. Unlike traditional metal braces, you can now enjoy all types of food. However, it is necessary to brush your teeth and aligners after each meal, otherwise cavities can form and bacteria can develop.
Do I need to wear a retainer at the end of my treatment?
Yes! Like all orthodontic treatments, it is necessary to wear a retainer at the end of your treatment. This is the only way to keep your teeth where they are without shifting, ensuring long-term results. However, you will only wear it at night, offering you absolute discretion in broad daylight and a result that will dazzle everyone!