Have questions about Invisalign® braces? We've got you covered! Get answers to the most frequently asked questions from our Gainesville orthodontists. Contact our office for more information or schedule an appointment to get the beautiful smile you’ve always dreamed of!
Invisalign® is an alternative to traditional metal braces. With Invisalign®, your teeth are moved with custom-fit clear aligner trays, making it almost impossible for people to tell that you are wearing them. Trays are made by using 3D computer-imaging technology, ensuring that you get the best fit for the fastest treatment. For more information, check out our Invisalign® page!
Custom aligners will be made and switched out in 2-week increments and worn for up to 22 hours per day. Patients remove their aligners only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As patients replace each aligner with the next in the series, their teeth will move little by little until they achieve the perfect smile!
The treatment process begins with a consultation with Dr. Mullally. Once we’ve ensured that you’re a good candidate for Invisalign®, she’ll use the iTero digital scanning system to scan your teeth and create a custom treatment plan for your needs. From there, aligners are made, each accomplishing a different goal as treatment progresses. Patients should plan to visit our office about once every 8-12 weeks to ensure treatment is on track.
Invisalign® treatment time varies by person. However, total treatment time averages 9-12 months, with some cases finishing much faster and other more complex cases taking close to 18 months. Contact us for more information about accelerated orthodontics.
Invisalign® lets both kids and adults achieve a healthy, beautiful smile without the visible inconvenience of traditional metal braces. The technology has been around since 1997, and millions of people globally have gained a new smile with Invisalign®.
Overall, no. You may have some slight discomfort for a day or two when starting a new tray, but most people usually describe it as pressure rather than pain. The pressure is caused by the tray slowly moving your teeth into proper alignment.
While the cost of Invisalign® is similar to traditional metal braces, prices vary based on how complicated your treatment plan will be. Our team will be happy to review the costs and payment options with you during your consultation.
Invisalign® affects your life less than traditional metal braces. Most patients continue to eat their favorite foods during the treatment process and require fewer and shorter visits to their orthodontist. Because trays can be removed, brushing and flossing should continue as usual when using Invisalign®.
Not necessarily. Some people have a slight lisp for a day or two after putting in Invisalign® trays for the first time, but it quickly goes away.
Learning how to clean Invisalign® is easy! To clean your Invisalign® retainer, you simply need to remove them, brush gently with a toothbrush, then rinse under lukewarm water. You can also clean the aligners by gently brushing them with clear, antibacterial soft soap. Another option to keep your aligners clean is by soaking them in a denture cleaner. There is also an Invisalign® Cleaning system available to use.
Nope! Since you need to remove the aligners to eat and drink, this also means you can eat your favorite foods unless Dr. Mullally advises otherwise. Just make sure to brush and floss regularly to maintain oral health.
You’ll visit with Dr. Mullally every 8 to 12 weeks during the treatment process.
Treatment for many patients includes a combination of metal braces and Invisalign braces. Dr. Mullally works with you to determine what will be the most effective treatment for your specific needs and situation.
After your treatment is over, the maintenance begins. Dr. Mullally will visit with you to create a custom maintenance plan, which generally includes a retainer. Maintenance is key to keeping the beautiful smile you’ve gained with Invisalign braces.
Most patients use a retainer after their Invisalign® treatment ends. Using a retainer prevents your teeth from slowly moving back to their pre-treatment position. Dr. Mullally will decide whether your specific situation would need a retainer and to what extent.
Yes! Many people go through the experience of metal braces as kids but then find their teeth shift again after the braces come off. Invisalign® corrects this shift and restores the healthy smile you once had.
Orthodontic treatment is highly personal, and Dr. Mullally will work with you to determine what type of braces will be the most effective treatment for your specific needs and situation.
Yes. In general, smoking is to be avoided as smoke will discolor and stain the aligners, even with regular cleaning and soaking.
No. Any type of gum will stick to the aligners.
No. Invisalign® aligners are made from medical-grade, high molecular weight, polyurethane resins and have passed all regulatory requirements required to be used in dental applications.
Yes. Invisalign is a Class II medical device under FDA guidelines.
The technology of orthodontic aligner trays was conceived in 1945 by Dr. H.D. Kesling, but Invisalign® was created in 1997.
While the number of people who use Invisalign® grows every day, more than four million people worldwide have been treated since it was released in 1998.