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Frequently Asked Questions

Who Programs my Tooth Movement?

Dr. Kelly is the only one that program the tooth movement.   Dr. Kelly does not rely on Invisalign's Clincheck Simulator to program your treatment. 

What are Attachments?

Attachments are commonly used with Invisalign Treatment.  They are tooth colored composite bumps that can be placed on any tooth, usually multiple teeth, to aid in tooth movement during treatment.  

How often must I wear my aligners?

You must wear your aligners for up to 22 hours daily. You may remove them for eating, drinking and regular oral hygiene.

Are there any restrictions to what I can eat while in treatment?

No. Unlike braces, you may eat whatever you like as long as you remove the aligners before eating. Prior to placing the aligners back on, it is important to brush your teeth and the aligners after you eat.

Will wearing the aligners affect my speech?

Like any orthodontic treatment, there is a short adjustment period. The more you speak with the aligners on, the quicker you will adjust.

Is there any discomfort with Invisalign® treatment?

There will be some pressure and minor discomfort for a day or two after each initial insertion. This is a sign that your teeth are moving sequentially into their final position.

Can I chew gum?

It is recommended that you remove your aligners prior to chewing gum as the gum will stick to the aligners.

Can I smoke with the aligners in?

While we discourage smoking altogether,  if you must smoke we prefer aligners be taken out.  The cigarette smoke will tend to discolor them.

How do I keep my aligners clean?

Brushing them with toothpaste will keep them fresh and clean.

EverSmile TM  is also a great addition to help clean aligners and whiten teeth at the same time!

How often do I see an orthodontist while wearing Invisalign®?

Regular office visits are every 9-12 weeks.  Once you are comfortable with the system  This will ensure that your Invisalign treatment is progressing as planned.

What happens after my treatment is complete? Do I need retainers?

All orthodontic patients are instructed to wear their retainers at night indefinitely. Sleeping with your retainers in at night will ensure a healthy bite and maintain the new position of your teeth.

How long does Invisalign treatment take?

Treatment time varies depending on the severity of the misaligned teeth. Treatment time can be shorter than traditional braces, between six and 18 months.

Does Invisalign work for kids?

Yes, Everyone is a Canididate for Invisalign at Kelly  Orthodontics!!!

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