A: You should wear your aligners for at least 22 hours a day. You can pop them out to eat, drink, brush and floss.
A: Nope! Unlike with braces, you can eat whatever your heart desires as long as you take the aligners out before eating. Note that it’s important to brush your aligners and your teeth before putting them back in after a meal.
A: Like any orthodontic treatment, there is a short adjustment period. This usually only lasts a few days. The more you speak with your aligners in, the more quickly you’ll adjust.
A: There will be some pressure and minor discomfort for a day or two after you put in a new set of aligners. However, this is just a sign that your teeth are moving into their final positions.
A: You should take out your aligners before chewing gum. Otherwise, the gum will stick to your aligners creating quite the mess.
A: If you smoke while wearing your aligners, the smoke will discolor them. This kind of defeats the purpose of invisible orthodontic treatment since they’ll no longer be clear.
A: Caring for your aligners is a breeze. Simply brush them with a toothbrush. Cleaning tablets can also be used.
A: We require visits to either our Johnson City, Tennessee or Norton, Southwest Virginia orthodontic office every five to six weeks. These checkups allow Dr. Storie and Dr. Sturgill to ensure your treatment is progressing as planned.
A: All orthodontic patients, no matter what type of treatment they’ve undergone, will need to wear retainers to maintain the new position of their teeth. This won’t seem like a big deal though when you see how awesome your smile looks!
A: Invisalign treatment time varies depending on the original position of your teeth. For some patients, it will be shorter than traditional braces and they’ll achieve the desired results in six to 18 months. For others, the duration of treatment will be similar to that of regular braces.
A: Yes. If all of the patient’s teeth, including secondary molars, have completely grown in, Invisalign is a valid option. Invisalign Teen is actually designed with younger mouths in mind.
A: We’d love to throw out a number but the price depends on several factors including your diagnosis, the complexity of your case, the number of aligners needed and how well you stick to the treatment instructions. At your consultation, we’ll be able to give you an exact cost. We strongly believe in transparency, so there will never be any hidden fees.