Invisalign® FAQ

Manhattan Dentist, Dr. Kirsch, Answers Patients’
Questions About Invisalign

What is Invisalign®?

Invisalign®, also known as clear braces, is a sequence of removable, clear aligners that straighten your teeth as an alternative to traditional metal braces.

Is Invisalign® right for me?

Invisalign® is the ideal treatment for just about anyone who wants to straighten their teeth or misaligned bite but hopes to avoid traditional metal braces. One of the greatest advantages to Invisalign® is that most people won’t realize you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Is Invisalign® treatment painful?

Since Invisalign® moves your teeth, our patients often feel a small bit of pressure the first day or two of wearing a new set of aligners. Thankfully, the pain is minimal, and they control the slightest discomfort with over-the-counter medications.

Can I eat with Invisalign® in?

No. It’s important to take your aligners out when you eat, drink, brush, and floss, and if necessary, for special occasions. But don’t forget to put them back in when you’re finished. The benefit to having to take your aligners out to eat is that you are then free to eat whatever you want without any restrictions.

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How long will I need to wear Invisalign®?

Once your customized aligners are ready, you should wear them 20-22 hours a day. Then, you will need to use a new set of aligners every two weeks. In general, treatment time is 12-18 months, but the length of the digital plan we map out for you depends on your specific goals and how much you wear your aligners. Each set of aligners will gently move your teeth into place and transform your smile.

What foods can I not eat with Invisalign®?

When it comes to traditional metal braces, there are many foods you cannot eat. But Invisalign® is a completely different story. Clear aligners are removable, so you are able to take them out at any time and eat whatever foods you choose.

How often should I clean my Invisalign® aligners?

It is important to brush your teeth and your aligners after every meal to keep them from becoming stained. To do this, simply clean them with a toothbrush, toothpaste, and lukewarm water. Water that gets too hot can potentially warp the plastic.

Is Invisalign® as effective as metal braces?

Yes! Neither method is more effective or less effective than the other. They’re simply different approaches. And we’ve all got different preferences. When you come in for an evaluation, Dr. Kirsch can walk you through the pros and cons of each.

How much does Invisalign® cost?

Today, clear aligners are the same cost as traditional braces. We know that just like your teeth, every financial situation is different, and we want to make sure you get the smile you deserve. We recommend you have a consultation with us where we can present any possible costs upfront and help you understand your insurance benefits.