Q: Is Invisalign for me?
A: Invisalign can be used to treat the vast majority of common problems for adults and teens. Whether your smile needs minor improvements or more extensive corrections, Invisalign can certainly help. Dr. Cucalon has been successful in treating all types of cases, including crowding, gaps or spaces, overbites, deep bites, underbites, and crossbites.
Q: How does Invisalign work?
A: Dr. Cucalon will utilize 3D computer imaging technology to demonstrate the complete treatment plan from the initial position to the final desired position. This imaging technology is then used to design an individualized series of custom-made removable appliances or aligners.
You will wear the aligners for about two weeks (or 280 hours) while the teeth move incrementally. After two weeks, the current aligner is replaced with the next one until the final position is achieved.
Q: Will Invisalign treatment be painful?
A: Each time you change to a new aligner, there may be some temporary discomfort while your teeth adjust or move to their new position, just like with braces. This is completely normal, and is a good sign that the treatment is working.
Q: What do aligners look like?
A: Aligners are clear. If you've ever seen clear tooth-whitening trays, that should give you an idea of what the aligners look like. Invisalign aligners are custom-made to fit and move your teeth.
Q: Will wearing Invisalign aligners affect my speech?
A: Some people are more affected than others, but most adjust in a short period of time (1-3 days) to the feeling of the aligners and do not have permanent changes in their speech.
Q: How often do I have to wear my aligners?
A: Invisalign only works when you're wearing your aligners. It's recommended that you wear your aligners full-time, day and night, except to eat, brush, and floss your teeth. The wearing of aligners as prescribed is a must.
Q: Does insurance cover Invisalign?
A: Any insurance plan that covers orthodontic treatment should cover Invisalign.