Invisalign is one of the best ways to straighten your teeth. If you are interested in Invisalign, there is still so much to learn about the procedures, timing, and payment. At Menlo Park Smiles in Menlo Park, California, we want to be completely transparent about how Invisalign works so you know exactly what to expect. Below are some of our most frequently asked questions about Invisalign.

How do I get started with Invisalign Treatment? 

If you are interested in Invisalign, you can let your dentist know during one of your bi-yearly checkups, or you can call the office at any time to schedule a consultation. There is a lot of information that you will need to know about Invisalign before deciding to move forward.

What Should I Expect During my Consultation? 

During your consultation, the dentist will check your dental history to ensure that Invisalign will work for you. Impressions and digital x-rays will be taken of your teeth which will be used to develop your tailored treatment plan and custom plastic aligners. At a later date, you will return to the dentist to pick up your first set of aligners and begin the treatment.

How Long Does Treatment Normally Last? 

Invisalign treatment normally lasts about 10-12 months long but since each smile is different, the treatment time will vary. Your treatment time will depend on your misalignment, to begin with and your desired results. You will need to wear your aligners for 22 hours a day, taking them out only to eat and brush your teeth. 

How Do I Care for my Aligners? 

Caring for your aligners is an important part of Invisalign treatment. If there is still food in your teeth when you replace them, it could damage or stain the aligners. Make sure to consistently brush your teeth after every meal. It is also important to clean the aligners every time you take them out. You can brush them with toothpaste or use a cleaning solution given to you by the dentist. You should never use hot water, as it could warp the plastic.

How Often Do I Need to See the Dentist? 

You should plan to see the dentist every 4-6 weeks. At these appointments, the dentist will quickly check your progress and will give you a new set of aligners that will continue to push your teeth in the right direction. 

Can I do Invisalign Just On My Top or Bottom Teeth?

Yes, you can. You can get Invisalign for just your top teeth or your bottom teeth if you are already satisfied with the alignment of part of your teeth. 

Does Invisalign Work with Veneers or Dental Crowns?

Invisalign works to move each tooth individually. Normally, veneers are made to create a straight smile and crowns should fit in with the rest of your teeth. Each case is unique, so speak with your dentist to see if Invisalign is the best option for you.

What if I Lose or Break an Aligner?

If you lose or break an Invisalign aligner, call us right away. We will quickly replace the aligner to keep you on track with your progress.

There is so much to learn about Invisalign! If you have any more questions about how the procedure works, payments, or care for your aligners, please call us. At Menlo Park Smiles in Menlo Park, California, we are ready to help you gain a brand new smile that gives you confidence.