Invisalign FAQs

At Dona W. Prince, DDS, we want our patients to have a full understanding of what Invisalign is and what this innovative system can do for them. We’ve complied some FAQs surrounding Invisalign to help you get started. However, if you have further questions, please do not hesitate to call or schedule a consultation with us. We realize that any time you are investing in your smile, you need to feel comfortable with the process and know what to expect.

The most valued and most obvious advantage of Invisalign therapy is its clear aligners, which are virtually invisible to others. Next is the fact that Invisalign aligners are removable for eating and brushing, allowing you to enjoy the foods you love and keep your gums and teeth clean and healthy during treatment. In addition, without metal brackets and wires to deal with, you won’t encounter painful gum irritations or have to visit the office for frequent adjustment or tightening appointments. Invisalign is a discreet, comfortable and hassle-free way to achieve a straighter smile.
Invisalign aligners are custom fabricated using a BPA-free thermoplastic material, a smooth, comfortable and safe material. Your aligners will closely resemble those of teeth whitening trays, which fit snugly over each crevice of your teeth.
The Invisalign System combines advanced 3D computer technology with the 100-year-old science of orthodontics to design and create your custom aligners. Dr. Prince will give you multiple sets of aligners to wear during your treatment. You should wear each set for approximately two weeks before changing them out. Each set of aligners will be made with predetermined measurements that will slowly move your teeth into ideal position, week by week. Your teeth will straighten and move through controlled force, which will not be painful and doesn’t move all of the teeth at once. It is a carefully mapped out process that is both effective and comfortable for the patient.
Perhaps better than any other orthodontic treatment option, Invisalign can absolutely fit into your busy lifestyle. In fact, that is a primary reason that over three million patients (adults and teens) have chosen this system. Not only can you remove your aligners for a snack or meal, but they can also be taken out for a special event or to play an instrument. Its discreet design is especially beneficial to career-oriented adults who interact with the public on a daily basis. With Invisalign, most patients don’t have to alter their day-to-day activities or lifestyle when undergoing treatment.
The length of treatment varies from patient to patient, depending on the complexity of your case. While Dr. Prince can give you a more accurate idea of what to expect, the average Invisalign treatment is about 12 months.
To get the maximum benefit from Invisalign and stay on track for your treatment goals, you should plan on wearing your aligners about 20 to 22 hours per day, only removing them for eating, brushing, and flossing.
Unlike traditional braces that require adjustment appointments every other week or more, your Invisalign treatment should only demand a simple checkup with Dr. Prince every 4 to 6 weeks. This is necessary to monitor your progress and ensure your aligners are still fitting comfortably.
Please contact our Sioux City office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dona W. Prince. We can determine if Invisalign can correct your specific smile concerns and answer any further questions you may have pertaining to treatment. To help you feel more confident about what Invisalign can do for you, we can provide a virtual image of what your new smile will look like at the conclusion of treatment.