Q. How often must I wear my aligners?
A. You must wear your aligners for up to 22 hours daily. You may remove them for eating, drinking and regular oral hygiene.
Q. Are there any restrictions to what I can eat while in treatment?
A. 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.
Q. Is there any discomfort with Invisalign® treatment?
A. 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.
Q. Can I chew gum?
A. It is recommended that you remove your aligners prior to chewing gum as the gum will stick to the aligners.
Q. Can I smoke with the aligners in?
A. We discourage smoking with aligners as the cigarette smoke will tend to discolor them.
A. Brushing them with toothpaste will keep them fresh and clean.
Q. How often do I see Dr. Nalchajian while wearing Invisalign?
A. Regular office visits are every 6-12 weeks. This will ensure your Invisalign treatment is progressing as planned.
Q. What happens after my treatment is complete? Do I need retainers?
A. 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.
Q. How long does Invisalign treatment take?
A. Treatment time varies depending upon the severity of the misaligned teeth. Treatment can be shorter than with traditional braces, with most patients finishing in 18 months or less.
Q. Does Invisalign work for kids?
A. Yes, if their teeth, including second molars, have grown in completely. Visit out Invisalign Teen page for more information and testimonials.
Q. What is an Invisalign Elite Preferred Provider?
A. The Elite Preferred Provider status is a designation by Align Technologies, the manufacturers of Invisalign. It’s awarded to the top 1% of North American orthodontists providing Invisalign treatment to more patients than 99% of all other orthodontic practices with more ongoing training and more experience.
If you have any other questions about Invisalign or Invisalign Teen, please contact us on Tel: 559.432.7100 or visit our offices in Fresno or Clovis.