Invisalign® FAQs

Invisalign Frequently Asked Questions

Invisalign offers effective, fast, invisible orthodontic treatment that’s a great alternative to braces. Take a look at our FAQ section for answers to all of your Invisalign questions.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign’s technology gives you straight teeth and a beautiful smile. Your orthodontist will take X-rays, pictures, and images of your mouth, teeth, and jaw and send it to Invisalign. Your treatment plan will then be determined by your orthodontist, and Invisalign will create a series of clear plastic aligners that are worn for two weeks and then replaced with the next set of aligners. After your last set of aligners are finished (usually between 9-24 months), your teeth will be straight.

What Is the Cost? How Long Will My Treatment Take?

Invisalign’s costs depend on the treatment plan that each person requires. Adult treatment differs from teen treatment, and the scope of your dental issues will also play a part in how long it takes to correct your teeth, as well as the cost. Rest assured that Invisalign is affordable, and Dr. Gutiérrez offers different payment options, including CareCredit. His staff will work with any dental or medical insurance that you carry.

What Am I Allowed to Eat and Drink? How Do I Brush?

Invisalign is removable, so you can eat or drink anything you’d like. (Of course, that doesn’t mean you should be regularly eating sweets or drinking sugary sodas. You should continue to treat your teeth well!) Just remove your aligners before you eat, and pop them right back in when you’re done. You’ll do the same with your daily dental care—just take them out, brush and floss, and then put them back in.

I’m a Teen—Can I Use Invisalign?

If you have lost all of your baby teeth, and your second molars have partially or fully erupted, you can likely use Invisalign Teen, which is made especially for patients between 12-18 years old. Another benefit of Invisalign Teen: You’ll be provided with six extra replacement aligners.

How Long Will I Be Using Invisalign Teen?

Invisalign Teen is normally used for about 12-18 months, on average, although that time can be longer for certain bite issues.

Does Invisalign Cause Pain?

Invisalign is made of clear, smooth plastic, which means that you won’t experience the same soreness in your mouth and gums that you can with metal braces. However, you’ll probably feel a bit of soreness in your teeth the first few days after putting in a new aligner, because that’s how Invisalign (and any other orthodontic treatment) works.

How Long Must My Aligners Stay In?

You must wear your aligners about 22-24 hours a day for them to work, so they must be in both day and night. (If they’re not in your mouth, they aren’t working, and that will set your treatment plan back.) You must remove them to eat and drink and to brush and floss, and if you play contact sports, can remove them during games or practices.

Will I See My Orthodontist Regularly?

Yes, you’ll continue to see your orthodontist, although not quite as often as you would with traditional metal braces. Dr. Gutiérrez’s office will schedule your appointments about every 4-6 weeks so that we’ll know your treatment is proceeding properly.

I’m Interested! What Do I Do Next?

Call Dr. Gutiérrez’s office at (813) 968-1611, and we’ll be happy to set up a free consultation so that you can learn more about Invisalign and ask any questions you may have.

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