Frequently Asked Questions
- The length of treatment depends on the severity of the orthodontic problem.
- The average length of treatment is 12 to 15 months.
- Your Invisalign treatment can be sped up with the use of AcceleDent, a small, micro-vibrating mouthpiece purchased separately. With AcceleDent, aligners can be changed as often as every seven days, rather than every second week, cutting your treatment time significantly.
It is recommended that Invisalign aligners are worn for a minimum of 22 hours each day.
You will need to visit your orthodontist every six to eight weeks for a progress review and to collect your next set of aligners.
When the aligners first begin to do their work, you may feel a small amount of discomfort, usually described as tightness or pressure.
As with other types of orthodontic treatment, your speech may be affected temporarily. However, the vast majority of patients report no effect on their speech.
Since you can remove the trays during meals, you are free to eat any foods you wish.
Invisalign is not an appropriate treatment for children as their teeth are still developing. For growing teens, the greater the number of adult teeth that have erupted, the more straightforward the treatment. Otherwise, age is no barrier to Invisalign treatment.
For children, the first visit with an orthodontist can be as early as seven years of age (a recommendation made by the Australian Society of Orthodontists). At this visit, the orthodontist will evaluate whether your child will need orthodontic treatment now or later.
Absolutely! In most cases, Invisalign is highly suitable for the retreatment of teeth that may have shifted after previous orthodontic work.