4 Questions to Ask a General Dentist About Invisalign®

Posted by Dr. Panchal on Mar 17 2020, 06:54 AM

If you are looking to straighten your teeth with Invisalign, you will probably want to get as many details about the procedure as possible. Invisalign is a great way to restore misaligned teeth to alignment. In this article, you will discover four important questions to ask a general dentist about Invisalign treatment before you try it out.

Questions to ask about Invisalign

During an appointment with the dentist, patients can ask the following questions before proceeding with Invisalign treatment.

How does Invisalign work?

Most people only know that Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces without metal brackets and wires. During the meeting with the dentist, patients can ask questions regarding how Invisalign works. Invisalign uses a series of clear aligner trays to straighten the teeth. Patients must wear the aligners for at least 22 hours per day for two weeks before switching them out for new trays.

After the treatment, the patient will have to wear a retainer to keep the teeth in their position. Every patient is unique, so the dentist will explain what the patient can expect before and after treatment based on their condition.

How long does treatment last?

The dentist will be able to answer this question after they have examined the patient’s teeth. After the dental exam, they can give an accurate estimate of how long it will take to move the teeth to their correct position. Generally, the treatment duration with Invisalign ranges between 12 to 18 months but can be shorter in some cases. Usually, the more severe the case, the longer it takes to move the teeth.

What is the cost and what payment options are available?

The overall cost of the Invisalign treatment will depend mostly on the number of aligner trays required to move the teeth and achieve the desired result. During the initial consultation, patients can ask their dentist about the estimated cost of treatment and the financial options available. Typically, the dental professional will provide a treatment plan that fits the patient’s budget.

Will Invisalign affect food choices?

One of the most interesting things about Invisalign is that patients do not have to make any significant modifications to their diet like with traditional braces. The aligner trays are removable and therefore do not affect diet options. However, dentists advise their patients to try and avoid tooth-staining drinks like coffee and wine while wearing their aligners. It is also advisable to reduce the intake of sticky foods that may get stuck between the teeth and trays. Following basic oral hygiene routines should be enough to protect the teeth from problems.

Have more questions?

This list of questions is not exhaustive, but these are often the most commonly asked questions. When you meet with your dentist, be sure to ask enough questions to alleviate whatever concerns you have about Invisalign. The dentist will be happy to provide enough information on how Invisalign can give you or your child a straight and beautiful smile. To learn more about Invisalign, contact your dentist for an appointment.

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