Invisalign FAQ

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Answers from Your Local Evansville Orthodontist

Thank you for choosing Cook Orthodontics, P.C.as your local Evansville, IN orthodontic practice. We believe that every patient, young or old, deserves the chance to have a perfect smile and that it should be one of his or her best assets. Whether you are looking to straighten your teeth with In-Ovation clear braces or Invisalign clear aligners, our Evansville orthodontist offers the treatment option required to correct and perfect your unique orthodontic situation.

If you are looking to straighten your teeth but don’t want to have to wear braces, Invisalign may be the right treatment option for you. Using a series of clear aligners, Invisalign straightens your smile without the use of brackets, bands and wires. We understand that you may have a number of questions regarding the Invisalign system, which is why we have provided a list of frequently asked questions about Invisalign below. Please reference these FAQs if you have a question to see if we have already provided the answer. If not, please feel free to contact our Evansville orthodontic office and a member of our team will be happy to assist you.

Q. How often must I wear my aligners?

invisalign_photo.jpgA. 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. Will wearing the aligners affect my speech?

A. Like any orthodontic treatment, there is a short adjustment period. The more you speak with the aligners on, the quicker you will adjust.

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.

Q. How do I keep my aligners clean?

A. Brushing them with toothpaste will keep them fresh and clean.

Q. How often do I need an appointment while wearing Invisalign?

A. Regular office visits are every four to six weeks. This will ensure that 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 on the severity of the misaligned teeth and the number of aligners it takes to attain correction. Treatment time can be shorter than traditional braces, with an average treatment time between six and 12 months.

Q. Does Invisalign work for kids?

A. Yes, if all of their teeth, including second molars, have grown in completely.

Dr. Devon Cook has the experience and state-of-the-art technology to deliver the beautiful results that you desire. If you or a family member is interested in starting Invisalign treatment or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us or request an appointment online. We are located in Evansville, IN and happily serve patients from the surrounding communities of Newburgh, Boonville and Chandler as well. We hope to see you soon!