Q: How many hours per day do I need to wear my Invisalign aligners?
A: It is important to wear your Aligners 22 hours/day. Remove them only for eating, brushing, flossing and drinking anything other than water. Do not drink hot beverages with the Aligners in place as they may warp.
Q: How can I clean my Aligners?
A: To clean your Aligners, brush each Aligner with a toothbrush and toothpaste. To freshen them up, you can also soak them in luke warm water with a denture tablet. Make sure the water is not hot.
Q: What happens if I lose my Aligner?
A: In the event that you lose your Aligner, you will need to wear your previous Aligner to maintain the position of your teeth while we order a new Aligner for you. This is why it is important to keep all old Aligners until your treatment has completed. Place them back into their numbered bag and store them.
Q: What should I do with my Aligners when I remove them?
A: Store your Aligners in the case provided. Never wrap them in a napkin as they will likely get thrown out. The case is very important to use at home too because dog’s like to eat them!
Q: If my teeth are crooked, where will you get the space to straighten them out?
A: “Slenderizing” may be necessary to alleviate crowded areas between the teeth. Thin polishing strips are used to help loosen contacts & create space for favorable tooth movement.
Q: What happens if I need dental work? Will my Aligners still fit?
A: If you require any dental procedures during Invisalign treatment (ie. fillings, root canals, crowns), please have your dentist consult with Dr. Williams prior to any treatment, as this will compromise the fit of the Aligners.
Q: How often do I need to come in to the South Surrey Smiles office?
A: On average, you will have appointments every 6-9 weeks.
Q: How long is each Aligner worn?
A: Typically, Aligners are worn for 2 weeks.
Q: What can I expect with discomfort while wearing Invisalign?
A: When you place new trays in, they will initially feel tight causing your teeth to be tender. This usually lasts for 3-5 days and then subsides. If you are constantly taking your trays in and out, you will find that the discomfort may last for a longer period of time as the teeth will move to the desired location but then move back.
Q: Why do some of the teeth have “bumps” on them?
A: Tooth colored “attachments” may be placed on your teeth to retain the Aligners or help move and guide the teeth into their desired position. These attachments will be removed at the completion of your treatment.
Q: What can I do if my Aligner feels rough?
A: If there are rough edges on any Aligner, simply use an emery board in a downward motion to smooth the area.