Do you have crooked teeth but don’t want metal braces? Dr. Doyle Freano is an Invisalign® provider in Lexington, KY at Complete Dentistry for All Ages. He provides orthodontic Invisalign treatment for patients with mild to moderate orthodontic issues.
Available for both teens and adults, our dentists often recommend Invisalign as an alternative to traditional metal braces. Clear aligners can fix a range of dental health or cosmetic dentistry concerns. Invisalign provides several benefits to oral health as well as the convenience of comfortable and removable retainers.
How Does Invisalign Work?
The first step is a consultation with Dr. Freano in his Lexington dental office. Once he determines that Invisalign is right for you, Dr. Freano will create a customized treatment plan, take an impression of your teeth, and send that impression to the Invisalign laboratory. There, they will make a series of custom clear aligner trays for your teeth.
The patient will receive several sets of trays throughout their treatment plan. The patient will wear a set for about two weeks before moving on to the next set to gradually reposition the teeth. The length of treatment depends on your condition as well as your goals. Generally speaking, treatment takes 11 to 13 months, but some patients may achieve the results they want in as few as 8 months.
Special retainers and follow-up visits with Dr. Freano will help ensure that you maintain your new straighter smile for years!
If you have any worries regarding orthodontic treatment using Invisalign, we’ve got your back! We’ve put together the following list of FAQs to clear all doubts and anxieties that you might have.
How many hours a day do you really need to wear Invisalign?
Patients should wear Invisalign for 22 hours per day. The only times that patients should remove their Invisalign is when they eat, drink anything other than water, brush their teeth, or want to clean their aligners. Wearing the aligners in this way can lessen overall treatment time.
Does Invisalign stain?
Invisalign aligners can become stained over time, depending on the diet and oral habits of the patient wearing them. There are some foods and drinks that stain aligners much more easily than others. Red wine, grape juice, coffee, and other strongly colored drinks can stain your Invisalign.
Even if you remove your Invisalign while drinking them, any dye and residue left on the surface of teeth can stain your clear aligner. Avoiding drinking deeply colored drinks is a good way to keep your Invisalign aligners clear.
How do you clean Invisalign aligners?
Cleaning Invisalign aligners is an important part of maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. Our dental care team recommends that you clean your aligners every day to keep them free from bacteria and plaque. Fortunately, cleaning Invisalign aligners is a simple process that only requires a few steps. First, remove them before brushing your teeth. Next, use a little bit of hand soap and your fingers to scrub them gently. Then, rinse them with cold or lukewarm water. Never use hot water to rinse Invisalign aligners because this can warp their shape and make them unusable.
Be sure to brush your teeth before putting your clear aligners back on. Also rinse your aligners every time you remove them. With regular cleaning, you can ensure that your Invisalign clear aligners will remain in top shape and help you achieve the straight teeth you desire.
How quickly do teeth move with Invisalign?
Most patients begin to see changes in the alignment of their teeth after two to three months of starting treatment. Patients need to keep in mind that their entire tooth structure and jawbone alignment is shifting into a straighter position, which is a slow process. Your mouth and jaw must gradually move and adjust throughout the realigning process so that progress is not too abrupt for the body.
If teeth shift too quickly, they may not remain in their new place for long. Also be sure to wear a retainer after treatment for at least double the time it took to straighten your teeth. This will also help you avoid orthodontic relapse, or your teeth going back to their crooked position.
How much does Invisalign cost?
After a thorough exam and discussion of your dental health and cosmetic goals, Dr. Freano will create a personalized plan of treatment. Invisalign treatment cost depends on the number of aligners you will need to achieve the desired result. It will also depend on the severity of your case, the length of treatment, and other additional services you may need. Everyone’s smile is unique.
Invisalign can be very cost-effective versus traditional orthodontics. Dr. Freano can help you find the monthly payment that fits your budget. Calculate your Invisalign treatment cost at: Invisalign.com/cost
Schedule an Invisalign Consultation Today
Dr. Freano has extensive experience correcting smiles with Invisalign in the Lexington-Fayette area. Request an appointment online or give Complete Dentistry for All Ages a call at 859-251-3809 today. Let Dr. Freano or a member of our team know if you have any remaining questions about Invisalign. We will be happy to help.