What is the shortest amount of time to wear Invisalign?
Although many people can get their Invisalign treatment finished in 180 days, some extreme cases can take up to a year or longer. If you choose orthodontic acceleration, you can get your treatment done in 60-90 days.
Is Invisalign more painful than braces?
Is Invisalign painful? Invisalign clear aligners are far less painful than metal wire braces. With Invisalign clear aligners, you switch out your aligners every few days and move your teeth gradually into their new position. Hence, the movement is gradual and far less painful than metal wire braces. With metal brackets and wire braces, you are expected to see your orthodontist once a month for what is humorously called “the crank.” This is where the orthodontist applies significant pressure that will last at least one month to move your teeth to the next position. Some people find this painful. With metal braces, you are going to need bags of peas, ice packs, soft food, and as much compassion from those around you as possible. Unfortunately, the pain will return every time you go back in for the “crank.” Another side effect of metal wire braces is that they will most likely create sores on the inside of your cheeks. Because clear aligners involve low levels of force to move teeth, Invisalign is not often described as painful by patients. You might feel minor discomfort and tenderness with clear aligners but no pain.
Are Invisalign Clear Aligners painful?
No, Invisalign isn’t painful in most cases, but in some rare cases, it can leave a person’s teeth feeling a bit sore as they move. When we start your case, your teeth may feel uncomfortable as they start to move, but your body quickly gets used to the movement, and the tenderness typically disappears. Regular braces are typically more painful than Invisalign or clear aligners in general, as clear aligners move your teeth a little bit each day and exert less pressure on your teeth.
Can you speak properly with Invisalign? Does Invisalign make you talk funny?
Most people experience no speech or talking problems with Invisalign. A small percentage of people may experience minor changes in how they speak while wearing Invisalign, but it will usually go away quickly as they get used to wearing them.
The clear aligner trays cover your teeth, making them feel slightly thicker. In rare cases, they may cause minor temporary speech complications for some people that typically last only a few days. This only affects a tiny percentage of people, so most people don’t have any problems using their voices or being understood by others, even while singing!
American Idol With Invisalign
Musical contestant wearing Invisalign and corrective elastics
What is the success rate of Invisalign?
Invisalign has an extremely high success rate. If people remember to wear their trays and change them out as instructed, the success rate is over 99%. Clear aligners can treat a wide variety of dental problems, including very severe cases.
Even with patients who forget to switch out their trays, Invisalign still has an overall patient satisfaction rate of over 96%. It just takes more time!
In what cases does Invisalign not work?
Many dentists do not have the skills to fix every dental condition with Invisalign. Being the Invisalign Doctor of the year, Dr. Skinner has extensive experience with Invisalign and clear aligners. Because of his vast experience, Dr. Skinner can treat many things with Invisalign work that an average dentist could not treat, such as overbite, underbite, deep bite, significant gaps, and heavily rotated teeth.
While most dental alignment issues can be fixed with Invisalign, a few might be a little too drastic for clear aligners or Invisalign alone and may require other treatments in conjunction. Other orthodontic tools can handle these extreme cases, and we can use Invisalign or clear aligners afterward to make the alignment beautiful.
Regardless of how much orthodontic dental work you may need, Invisalign and clear aligners are almost always the best way to go for the finishing touches to create an amazingly beautiful smile.
Who should not get Invisalign?
Virtually everyone can benefit from Invisalign. However, patients with a significant amount of dental implants and/or large dental bridges or rare types of TMJ disorders may not be the best candidates for Invisalign.