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How many invisalign trays for complex cases?

How many invisalign trays for complex cases?

It depends: The number of invisalign trays for a patient's individual case depends upon the degree of difficulty of the case and the goals of treatment. However, the treatment length can be modified by the exceptional cooperation of the patient in aligner wear, the experience of the doctor, and the use of accelerated treatment adjuncts (such as acceledent or propel). Your doctor can advise you. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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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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How long will l have to wear invisalign for 18 trays?

How long will l have to wear invisalign for 18 trays?

At least 36 weeks: Usually invisalign trays are exchanged every two weeks. If the teeth do not move properly or if the trays need to be refined, the time you have to wear the trays will increase. Your provider should give you a good idea of how long you must wear the trays to achieve the desired correction. ...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? .

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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Invisalign - tear in braces, what do I do? I'm two days from the next tray.

Invisalign - tear in braces, what do I do? I'm two days from the next tray.

Call: Call your Dentist or Orthodontic Specialist. If you can' t reach him/her, go to the next tray. If you do not have the next tray, try to wear the torn tray as best as possible. But in the meantime keep trying to contact your Dentist or Orthodontist. ...Read more

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I have strep throat, how should I clean my Invisalign trays?

I have strep throat, how should I clean my Invisalign trays?

Mouth guard cleaning: Be sure you take your antibiotics. You can clean them or disinfect them with an antibacterial mouth rinse or spray. ...Read more

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Is ti safe to put carbamide peroxide gel in my invisalign tray?

Won't work as well: Whitening trays are normally custom made by your dentist with a small reservoir area on the front side of the tooth that holds the gel...The invisalign trays do not have that so they will not work as well. ...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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Can I have invisalign just on my top teeth? My teeth are straight, but I have several gaps in my top teeth. Is this something I could have fixed by just getting the top trays, or would I have to get the bottom too? .

Can I have invisalign just on my top teeth? My teeth are straight, but I have several gaps in my top teeth. Is this something I could have fixed by just getting the top trays, or would I have to get the bottom too? .

Possibly: The only way to know for sure is to see a doctor for a proper exam. A variety of factors will determine whether invisilign is right for you and if your goals can be achieved with only top trays. I suggest seeing an orthodontist for a consultation as they will be a perfect place to start. Know that invisilign only has limited applications. It's a great option but doesn't work in all situations. ...Read more

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I have invisalign and on my last 7 trays. I noticed a bump on my gum in between my gap of my top front two teeth. Wanted to know what might it be?

Needs to be seen: Unknown "bumps" need to be visualized to be accurately diagnosed. Why don't you ask your treating dentist or orthodontist to take a look? That's where you'll get the most accurate answer to your question. ...Read more

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What are some things I can do to disinfect my invisalign trays if I have strep throat?

Trays: Gently brush with soft toothbrush until all plaque is removed. Then soak in 1 part chlorine bleach, 4 parts water, for an hour. Rinse well before using. Then every day soak in denture or retainer cleaner while trays are out for dinner. By the way, replace your toothbrush. ...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

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Can anyone get invisalign?

Can anyone get invisalign?

Of course: However, Invisalign doesn't make the best choice for correcting all types of deep overbite, malocclusion or other orthodontic disorders. See your orthodontist for examination, imaging and treatment options. ...Read more

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What is invisalign made of?

Invisalign plastic: Invisalign plastic is USP class vi medical grade poyurethane resin that is bisphenol-a (bpa) free. ...Read more

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How effective is invisalign?

How effective is invisalign?

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

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Who qualifies for invisalign?

Who qualifies for invisalign?

That depends: Regular braces are attached to your teeth. They are harder to clean but you don't have to worry about losing them. Invisalign is removable. This makes cleaning your teeth easier, but if you lose them or forget to put them in they will not work. So which is better partially depends on the patient's personally. Also regular braces can correct some conditions that invisalign can not. ...Read more

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Will invisalign work after 20?

Will invisalign work after 20?

Absolutely: Invisalign, and any orthodontics for that matter, will work at any age as long as the teeth are healthy. Often times adults do better with invisalign due to the increased level of compliance necessary. ...Read more

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Who qualifies for invisalign?

Who qualifies for invisalign?

Teens-adults: Invisalign can be used to treatanyone from teenagers to adults. The limiting factors are what corrections need to be done (not any/every ortho case qualifies for invisalign) and compliance of patient. For this reason I tend not to do invisalign on teenagers under 18, but if you/child is very cooperative, it can be used for as young as 16 yr old (again, depends on what is to be corrected). ...Read more

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Pros & cons of using invisalign?

Pros & cons: Clear Aligners less visible and smoother. Braces 25-55% more effective, work faster, teeth more stable after treatment. The choice of appliance is less important then the choice of provider. Make sure you are seeing a fully qualified Orthodontic Specialist, with 5, 000+ more Orthodontic training, and who does nothing but Orthodontic care. ...Read more

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Please tell me about invisalign?

Please tell me about invisalign?

Like braces: Invisalign is an alternative to tranditional braces. They use clear retainers over a series of steps to move your teeth. They typically cost more, but offer a great alternative for adults who don't want people to see braces. Mouthguards will protect your teeth, but not move them. ...Read more

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Will invisalign work in any case?

Today's Invisalign: Today's version of invisalign is so advanced compared to where it started years ago. We use invisalign today for difficult cases we would have avoided years ago. Especially for adults and people in the speaking or entertainment industry, invisalign is an exceptional system. For most cases, I submit a revision as the computerized version can be modified to produce a much better result. ...Read more

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Can invisalign work for everyone?

Can invisalign work for everyone?

No: Invisalign is the leading clear aligner therapy in orthodontics but some patients' teeth are not suited for invisalign because of a variety of reasons such as: 1) too much crowding, 2) skeletal issues, or 3) because some patients will not be compliant about wearing their invisalign aligners. If you are really opposed to wearing traditional orthodontic braces, you could consider lingual braces. ...Read more

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What are the drawbacks to invisalign?

What are the drawbacks to invisalign?

Invisalign: Invisalign are normally for people who don't have sever crowding. Patient compliance is also very important. The retainers only work if you wear them on a 24-7 basis. ...Read more