Interested in getting Invisalign from Dr. Manish Mistry at Brightside Family Dental? Wondering what you should expect from the treatment process? Read on, and we’ll answer the most common FAQs about how Invisalign works, what the treatment process is like, and more!
Invisalign is an alternative to braces. The way it works is simple. It uses custom-fitted “trays” or “aligners” made of strong plastic. These look sort of like a retainer, or a night guard used to protect from teeth grinding.
Each of these trays exerts gentle pressure on your teeth, shifting them toward the proper position. As you swap through a series of aligners, you’ll change your bite and the alignment of your teeth, and get a straight, beautiful, even smile.
Most people with mild to moderate orthodontic problems can get Invisalign. However, if you have major issues with your bite and the alignment of your teeth, braces may be a better option. We recommend consulting with Dr. Mistry to see if Invisalign is right for you.
Yes! Invisalign trays are made of thin, clear plastic and are built to fit perfectly over your teeth. They will be totally invisible when you wear them, and they don’t affect your speech, either. This makes them great for subtle orthodontic treatment.
20 hours a day, at a minimum. Most dentists recommend 22+ hours per day to keep your treatment on track. Ideally, you should only remove Invisalign to eat and drink, and to brush and floss.
At all other times, you should be wearing your aligners. Usually, you will switch to a new set of aligners every 2 weeks.
Usually every 4-6 weeks. Invisalign doesn’t need to be “adjusted” like braces. But these appointments allow Dr. Mistry to check your Invisalign progress. This is also when he will give you your next several sets of aligners.
No. You can only drink clear tap or bottled water while wearing your aligners, and you can’t eat anything at all. Drinking other beverages can lead to a higher risk of staining and cavities, and eating while wearing Invisalign will damage your aligners. Always remove and properly store your aligners when you eat and drink.
Most patients experience some discomfort when switching to a new set of aligners, but this usually lasts only a few days, and is quite minor. Once your teeth get used to your new set of aligners, you won’t notice any further pressure or discomfort.
At Brightside Family Dental, Dr. Manish Mistry is a certified Invisalign provider, and is always here to help you learn more about your options for a healthier, more beautiful smile in Chapel Hill. Contact us online or give us a call at (919) 391-0046 to schedule an appointment and oral exam, and see if Invisalign is a good option for straightening your teeth.