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Queries about invisible braces answered

Do you have some questions about Invisalign aligners?

At Boston Orthodontics, our team knows all there is to know about Invisalign or invisible braces Wimpole Street and will always be on hand to answer any queries that you may have before, during or after treatment with them. Great!


In the following section, our team examines some of the most common queries we receive about invisible braces Wimpole Street, so read on to learn more.


Do they hurt?


There is somewhat of a myth surrounding invisible braces Wimpole Street; that when you wear them, you won’t experience any discomfort.


While it is true that many people who wear them do find them comfortable, they are designed to realign your teeth and so, some pressure and discomfort should be expected when wearing them.


If you have concerns that you are experiencing too much discomfort while wearing your aligners, you should contact our team for a check-up.


Will food get stuck in them?


When you wear Invisalign, it is generally advised that you should remove them when you intend to eat food or consume drinks that are not plain water.


However, if food debris does get stuck to the aligners, you can simply rinse them under a cold tap and brush them off with a toothbrush if needed. Do not attempt to use hot water to remove debris, as this can cause the aligners to warp out of shape, which may then lead to them needing to be replaced.


Are they really invisible?


Unfortunately, invisible aligners are not completely invisible, but they are very close!


They are made from clear plastic and they are designed to slot directly over your teeth. They can become stained through secondary habits such as drinking red wine whilst wearing them, but generally, most people you encounter in your daily life should not be able to spot them.

How do I know if they are right for me?


In reality, most dental patients are suitable to wear Invisalign aligners.


While it can be tempting to opt for self-supplied online aligners instead of traditional options which are supplied through a dentist, this is unwise. There are many instances in which an invisible aligner may be unsuitable, such as if you have a high quantity of missing teeth, or if your misalignment is too complex.


These issues can only be determined by a dentist who has experience with this aligner and so, our team will be able to accurately assess if this aligner is right for you.


Do they take a long time to straighten teeth?


This depends on the severity of the misalignment.


In most cases, where there is a mild to moderate misalignment, Invisalign takes around 3-6 months on average to straighten teeth.


You will need to keep the aligners in your mouth for around 22 hours each day or as directed by our team. You will also need to keep in touch with us throughout the process, to ensure that it is operating smoothly; this means attending check-ups every 6-8 weeks and sending us weekly selfies via the Invisalign app.

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