Common Questions about Monrovia Invisalign

invisalign-alignersIn previous years, teeth straightening options were limited to braces and similar orthodontics. For over a decade, however, there has been an alternative treatment available to patients in Monrovia: Invisalign ®.

Invisalign helps to align teeth in a gradual and effective manner, no matter if you are challenged by an overbite, underbite, crossbite, open bite, gaps, or crowding. Patients are fitted with a custom plastic aligner, and about every two weeks, they exchange this aligner for a new one to continue the progress of moving teeth into place.

Below, Dr. Charlyn Quiec—an experienced Monrovia Invisalign dentist—provides answers to common questions about the treatment.

Do I need to wear my aligners all the time?

Monrovia Invisalign patients should expect to wear their aligners most of the time, including during sleep. You should take Invisalign devices out for eating meals and snacks. If you have a special occasion coming up, it’s okay to remove the aligners for a short time.

The removability of Invisalign is both a huge advantage over traditional braces… and a potential problem. It gives you the flexibility to go without aligners as needed, but it’s up to you as a patient to make sure that you are wearing them to get the most from your investment.

Does it hurt?

Being fitted for Invisalign does not hurt. Some Monrovia Invisalign patients do have discomfort when they move between new aligners, as their teeth are accommodating to a new position.

Practically speaking, you can expect that you will have less discomfort using Invisalign than you would when wearing braces if only because there are no metal fixtures to poke or irritate your skin.

Is Invisalign noticeable?

Many people won’t notice that you’re wearing Invisalign when you smile; the aligners are made of a clear, thin plastic that blends in well with your mouth.

You may find speaking normally a bit tricky at first since it takes a while to accommodate the aligners. However, many people find that Invisalign is much less noticeable to others than wearing braces.

How often do I need to see the dentist?

Dr. Q would be happy to see you as often as you like! However, Invisalign patients will only need to visit her office in Monrovia once every six weeks or so. This is so that she can check on your progress, address any concerns, and help you move towards perfect alignment.

Is everyone a good candidate for Invisalign?

Many patients are great candidates for the treatment. Dr. Q only treats patients with mild-to-moderate alignment concerns. She refers complex cases to a trusted orthodontist, and she can help you determine the best option for your needs.

How long do I need to wear Invisalign?

Monrovia patients will experience different outcomes based on their behavior, age, and dental needs. Adults usually complete treatment within a year as long as they are wearing their aligners 20-to-22 hours per day. Teens can expect treatment to last about the same amount of time as it would wearing braces… only without the challenge of dealing with wires and brackets.

If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign, contact Dr. Q Dental for an appointment in Monrovia. Call 626-599-9818