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How long should I change retainers after invisalign? I have 2 retainers. I was thinking every 3 months? And than buy a new set of retainers?

How long should I change retainers after invisalign? I have 2 retainers. I was thinking every 3 months? And than buy a new set of retainers?

3 to 6 months: But ask your treating dentist or orthodontist what their recommendation is, since the above time frame is a general rule. ...Read more

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Invisalign (Definition)

Clear aligners, such as Invisalign, are clear plastic trays designed to tip your teeth into improved alignment. They are extremely esthetic, and must be worn >22 hours/day to be effective. They are not a braces substitute, are only about 60% as effective, take longer, are more expensive, and don't provide as much post-treatment stability. See an Orthodontic ...Read more


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I wear invisalign retainers at night after my invisalign treatment. Should I change my toothbrush every month/more frequently since I wear these?

I wear invisalign retainers at night after my invisalign treatment. Should I change my toothbrush every month/more frequently since I wear these?

Not necessarily...: Every four to six months should be fine, sooner only if you feel that the toothbrush has worn out due excessive wear and tear. ...Read more

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I forgot to change out my invisalign at the 2 week mark, is this bad?

I forgot to change out my invisalign at the 2 week mark, is this bad?

Should be ok: As long as you have been wearing your trays at least 22hrs/day you should be ok. Switch to the new set now, and inform your treating Dentist or Orthodontic Specialist so that they can adjust schedule to compensate. ...Read more

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How long does invisalign take before you start noticing changes?

How long does invisalign take before you start noticing changes?

It Depends: Depending on your unique problem, you may notice changes in the first month. Some patients with more severe crowding or other bite problems, may not notice any changes for several months. The aligners move your teeth approximately. 25mm with each set. Since they are often changed every 2 weeks, the changes occur with much discomfort. However, with full-time wear, you will see great results. ...Read more

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I have been wearing my retainers at night for 8 months after invisalign, prior 9 months all day. Do I have to wear every night or every other night?

I have been wearing my retainers at night for 8 months after invisalign, prior 9 months all day. Do I have to wear every night or every other night?

What: What did your treating Dentist or (hopefully) Orthodontic Specialist tell you? Follow those instructions to the letter. As clear aligners do not correct malocclusions as thoroughly as (gold standard) braces, end result tends to be less stable. For best stability, don't skimp. Wear retainers more, not less. ...Read more

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Can wearing my vivera retainers longer than 3 months cause my teeth to shift back. I changed it at 4 months. Do I need to restart invisalign?

Reexamination: Please don't self-diagnose. Go back to the Dentist or (preferably) Orthodontist who treated you yor an evaluation of your current problem and a discussion of the best method of resolving your problem. Remember 1) retainers hold teeth where they are, they are not treatment appliances, and 2) you need at least a year of full/time retention after tooth movement, followed by prolonged part-time rets ...Read more

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How long will it take before I notice a change with invisalign? I have a consultation for invisalign next wednesday. My teeth are fairly straight for the most part, but there are some things I would like fixed. With mild crookedness, how long can I expect

How long will it take before I notice a change with invisalign? I have a consultation for invisalign next wednesday. My teeth are fairly straight for the most part, but there are some things I would like fixed. With mild crookedness, how long can I expect

It depends: Invisalign offers express options for people with minor crowdings. You can get the result in as little as 2 or 3 months. This is merly an assumption. It is almost impossible to diagnos without a clinical exam and an invisalign consultation. What seems as minor crowdings in your eyes maybe sever malocclusion or extreme rotations that may require a much more lengthier treatment. ...Read more

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I can't wear my invisalign for 3 weeks. What will happen if I don't?

I can't wear my invisalign for 3 weeks. What will happen if I don't?

Relapse: Teeth will shift, and not necessarily back exactly on the same track that they were straightened. It may require starting over. ...Read more

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I broke my Invisalign tray a week into its cycle. It was already feeling loose and the next tray is not uncomfortable. Is it okay to just move on?

Invisalign Sequence: The new tray must fit perfectly onto your dentition, otherwise it will not work properly. If it does not work properly, that small error will be passed on and magnified for every successive tray. Let your treating dentist take a look. It only takes a minute... and you may prevent the need to manufacture an entire new set of trays. ...Read more

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How long do you have to wear invisalign trays on average? I'll be getting invisalign in two weeks with 14 trays total on both lower and upper. I was told i'll be wearing each tray for about two weeks each. Does that sounds like a reasonable amount? .

Yes: Providing you wear the trays AT LEAST 22 hrs/day. I hope you are under the care of a fully qualified Orthodontist rather than a restorative dentist that just dabbles in an extremely sophisticated are of health care that requires years of specialized training for best outcomes. ...Read more

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Ok so I left for a vacation for two weeks and I wear invisalign braces. Unforunately I lost the set on the first day of vaca. I have mo previous set?

Ok so I left for a vacation for two weeks and I wear invisalign braces. Unforunately I lost the set on the first day of vaca. I have mo previous set?

Enjoy your vacation: If you cannot easily get into the next aligner, ask your dentist to order you a replacement for the ones you lost. They may be able to have it sent to where you are or have it waiting for you when you get home. ...Read more

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How long does it take invisalign to make tighter retainers? Its been 7 weeks and dental office tells me retainers are in manufacture state

Not 7 weeks: There may be an issue with the impressions that your dental office is unaware of. The office should be able to contact Invisalign directly through their internet portal or by phone to determine the cause of the delay. You can always try calling Invisalign yourself. ...Read more

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I have TMJ. I got Invisalign almost two weeks ago. It is difficult to open my mouth wide. Without Invisalign I'm fine, should I stop wearing them?

I have TMJ. I got Invisalign almost two weeks ago. It is difficult to open my mouth wide. Without Invisalign I'm fine, should I stop wearing them?

Yes: ! st rule, any problem call the person that's treating you. Second rule, if t hurts, don't do it. If you have both a malocclusion and TMY you should be seeing a specialist Orthodontist. ...Read more

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Is it possible all of my teeth can feel like it's a toothache or is it more likely from not wearing my invisalign for a few weeks. I did 2 yrs already?

Is it possible all of my teeth can feel like it's a toothache or is it more likely from not wearing my invisalign for a few weeks. I did 2 yrs already?

Occlusion: If all of your teeth hurt, it is likely there is a common factor... And that would be your occlusion. You may have accurately diagnosed your own problem: the teeth may have shifted without the aligner (s). Start wearing the aligners and allow them to nudge your teeth into proper position. If the problem subsides, you've found your answer... Otherwise discuss with your orthodontist or dentist. ...Read more

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I wore my 3rd invisalign tray for 7 weeks brushing with toothpaste/water until my retainers arrive. Could this worn out my tray making less effective?

Possibly: Invisalign trays are designed beware for 2 weeks. Retainers should be available in a week to 10 days from the time impressions are taken or from theme they are ordered to match the end result of your last trays. Trays can deform or break over time. If you are concerned, please return to your treating Dentist or Orthodontic Specialist. ...Read more

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On week 4 of Invisalign I noticed my top lip swelling, I was in a lot of pain on my top front tooth now I see a white bump on frenulum. Is this serious?

On week 4 of Invisalign I noticed my top lip swelling, I was in a lot of pain on my top front tooth now I see a white bump on frenulum. Is this serious?

Yes: Any pain/bleeding/swelling is a red flag that something's wrong. Please call your treating Dentist or (hopefully) Orthodontic Specialist immediately. ...Read more

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Headache around my temples for 1+ week and clicking/popping in my ears when I open my jaw, could my Invisalign be causing this? My PCP was perplexed.

Headache around my temples for 1+ week and clicking/popping in my ears when I open my jaw, could my Invisalign be causing this? My PCP was perplexed.

Yes: Because clear aligner trays go over the chewing surfaces of your teeth they can create prematuraties resulting in altered jaw function. Hopefully you are seeing a fully qualified Orthodontic Specialist. Call and report your dilemma so that remedial action can be taken ...Read more

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Is invisalign effective?

Is invisalign effective?

It is effective: Most conditions that require orthodontic treatment can be accomplished with invisalign. The length of treatment depends on the complexity of what needs to be done. Not all dentists or orthodontists are comfortable with this mode of care so seek one who is experienced and skilled in this area. ...Read more