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Invisalign FAQs (Your Top Questions Answered!)

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Are you looking for one of the best ways to straighten your teeth without metal braces… This text opens the Invisalign site in a new tab …? Then you may have heard about Invisalign clear aligners.

They work “like magic” to move teeth with a virtually invisible system, so nobody has to know you’re wearing them.

But (spoiler alert) it’s not magic:

It’s innovative dental technology!

Our dentists at Dental Health Care of Woburn are certified Invisalign providers, and we’ll help you understand how the system works and how it compares to braces.

Read on for answers to the top Invisalign FAQs.

Does Invisalign work?

Yes, Invisalign works to straighten teeth with mild to moderate cases of misalignment.

The system works as well as braces to move teeth into the desired position, creating a straight smile.

But let’s get into the details…

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign uses a series of custom plastic trays to shift teeth like braces and fix crooked teeth, gaps in teeth, misalignments, overbites, underbites, and crossbites.

The Invisalign process:

  • Step 1: You’ll have an initial consultation with your dentist or orthodontist, receive a 3D scan, and find out if Invisalign is right for you and how it can straighten your teeth.
  • Step 2: A custom plan is created, and you’ll pick up your set of aligners and get a fitting to double-check for comfort.
  • Step 3: Wear your aligners for at least 22 hours a day, and only remove them for eating, drinking, and oral hygiene.
  • Step 4: Switch your aligners, visit the dentist every few weeks for a checkup, and pick up your new series of aligners.

In just a few months, you’ll start seeing results, and most treatments are faster than you may think.

How long does Invisalign take?

Invisalign treatment time depends on the severity of the case and compliance with wearing the aligners at least 22 hours a day but typically ranges from 6-24 months.

Unlike metal braces attached to your teeth, aligners are removable and require patients to do their part in wearing their aligners for the required hours per day.

For the most part, clear aligners are easy to keep track of and easy to maintain.

How to clean Invisalign:

It’s easy to clean your Invisalign aligners, and there are Invisalign cleaning accessories… opens in a new window to Invisalign Accessories website… available to help.

These accessories are optional, and Invisalign can be cleaned by rinsing the aligners and brushing them gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Just make sure your toothpaste is non-abrasive, and when finished, rinse the aligners once more.

Invisalign is much easier to maintain than metal braces, but that’s not all…

Invisalign vs. braces:

Your decision to get braces or Invisalign depends on the smile you’re looking to achieve and your lifestyle.

Clear aligners give you the freedom to be yourself and are easier to maintain. But they do require you to be proactive and switch out the trays according to your unique plan.

On the other hand, braces make it harder to brush your teeth, and people report feeling discomfort from the metal brackets and wires. But unlike aligners, you have no choice in taking them off or on because they’re attached to your teeth.

The convenience level here is clear…


But how about the capabilities of each?

One of the biggest differences between aligners and braces is…

Traditional braces can fix an extreme overbite or underbite, but Invisalign is for mild to moderate cases.

To find out which is best for you, you should schedule a consultation with your local dentist or orthodontist.

Looking for Invisalign near Woburn, MA?

Everyone deserves to have a smile they love, and if you’re a teen or adult, you deserve to get that smile on your terms!

Invisalign is the leading method for creating a straighter smile with nearly invisible aligners.

We’ll help you determine if clear aligners are right for you and recommend the best treatment options.

Discover the power of a straighter smile...

Get ready to smile like a star with our cosmetic dentists, Dr. Melissa Mancuso and Dr. Sandra Morin. Our team at Dental Health Care of Woburn will help you create your confident, celebrity-worthy smile (perfect for special occasions plus every other day as well!).

In addition to Invisalign, our cosmetic dentistry treatments include:

We offer cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry for Woburn… opens in a new window to Google Maps…, Winchester, Burlington, Stoneham, Reading, Tewksbury, Wilmington, Lexington, and Wakefield.

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