Top Questions Patients Ask About Invisalign® Orthodontics

Are you interested in straightening your crooked teeth with Invisalign® clear aligners? Then you may have a few questions for your dentist about this orthodontic treatment. Invisalign is an excellent alternative to traditional metal braces for most people and a comfortable way to straighten teeth. Here are the top seven questions our patients ask about Invisalign orthodontics:


What exactly is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear aligners instead of metal brackets and wires to straighten your teeth. These aligners are custom-made to fit your teeth, so you get the most personalized level of treatment, with great results.

Are Invisalign aligners invisible?

Because the aligners used in Invisalign treatment are made from a clear plastic material, they are highly discreet and virtually invisible. Most likely, no one will even know you’re wearing your aligners unless you tell them directly.

Who is a candidate for clear aligner treatment?

Most patients qualify for Invisalign treatment if they have crowded or gapped teeth, overbite or underbite, crossbite, or open bite.

Is Invisalign treatment comfortable?

Yes, Invisalign clear aligners are custom made to your teeth, so they’ll fit snuggly and comfortably. Aside from the slight pressure you may feel at the beginning of each new aligner stage, most patients report little to no discomfort during treatment.

Do I need to alter my eating habits with Invisalign?

No, Invisalign aligners are removable, so you won’t need to limit your diet like you would with traditional braces. Simply remove the aligners before you eat and drink (anything other than water), then brush your teeth and put your aligners back on!

How long do I need to wear my aligners each day?

It is recommended that you wear your aligners at least 20-22 hours each day, or for as long as possible. This ensures that your treatment progress remains on track and that your teeth are not reverting to their original positions during this time.

How can I pay for Invisalign treatment?

If you have dental insurance, Invisalign braces may be covered in your plan and you can find this out by contacting your insurance representative. Patients alternately have used FSAs and HSAs to pay for their treatment with funds they have set aside in this account. Another way patients pay for Invisalign treatment is with dental financing like CareCredit®, which provide loans paid back in small monthly payments that fit any budget.


Schedule Your Consultation

Wondering if Invisalign clear aligners are right for you? Contact your local dentist for a consultation today. We invite you to meet our experienced and friendly doctors, Dr. Dan Shaer,  Dr. Shawn NguyenDr. Alice Reina Fukui and  in our office in Northridge, CA!

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