6 Things to Know When Starting Invisalign

By Sanders Family Dental

Invisalign is the perfect alternative to metal braces if you want to straighten your teeth without sacrificing comfort, confidence, or convenience. In this article, we’ll cover 10 things you should know before starting Invisalign treatment so that you can make an informed decision about whether it’s right for you.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic system that uses clear plastic aligners instead of traditional metal braces to move your teeth into their desired position. The virtually invisible aligners are custom-made based on impressions taken at your dentist’s office and updated throughout your treatment as they gently shift your teeth into the desired position.


One of the biggest benefits of Invisalign is that it’s a virtually invisible solution for straightening teeth; since the aligners are made from clear plastic, they blend in with your smile and won’t draw attention as metal braces would. Additionally, since Invisalign doesn’t use brackets or wires, it’s more comfortable than traditional braces—many patients can even forget they’re wearing aligners.

Treatment Plan

Your Invisalign treatment plan is tailored to your specific needs and will vary in length Depending on the complexity of your case. Generally, treatment plans last 6-18 months, But they could be longer or shorter depending on the degree of movement required.

What Can You Expect?

Invisalign allows you to eat whatever you’d like and brush and floss normally to continue enjoying your favorite activities without interruption. Additionally, you can expect to visit your dentist every four weeks for checkups so that he/she can monitor your treatment progress and provide any needed adjustments.


It’s important to thoroughly clean your aligners daily to remain clear, odorless, and effective in moving your teeth. You can use a toothbrush with mild soap or denture Cleaner to gently scrub away food particles and plaque from your aligners before rinsing them off and reinserting them into your mouth.


To get the best possible results from Invisalign, you’ll need to wear the aligners for at least 20-22 hours each day—any less than this could compromise the effectiveness of treatment and increase the length of your treatment plan.


Maintaining good oral hygiene during Invisalign treatment by brushing and flossing twice a day and using an antibacterial mouthwash. Additionally, you’ll need to wear a retainer at night after your Invisalign treatment to keep your teeth from shifting back into their original position.


Invisalign is a popular orthodontic solution for straightening teeth without sacrificing comfort or convenience—but there are some things you should know before beginning treatment. Knowing about costs, benefits, cleaning, and compliance requirements can help ensure that you get the best results from Invisalign.

Q: Is Invisalign painful?

A: No, Invisalign is generally not painful—it’s a much more comfortable solution than traditional braces.

Q: How long does it take for Invisalign to work?

A: The length of time for your treatment plan depends on the complexity of your case, but it usually ranges from 6-18 months.

Q: Can I eat and drink with the aligners in?

A: You should not eat or drink anything except water while wearing Invisalign aligners; otherwise, they can become stained or damaged. It’s important to remove them before eating and drinking.

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