Invisalign FAQ

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Here at Harner Orthodontics, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality orthodontic treatment to patients living in the Huntington Beach area. Dr. Harner and his team are committed to offering all the latest orthodontic treatments for patients of all ages, including braces and Invisalign. We’re proud of the welcoming office environment we’ve created to make our patients feel right at home.

If you’re interested in Invisalign and would like to learn more about this innovative treatment option our Huntington Beach orthodontist offers, then be sure to check out the frequently asked questions below.

Q: How often must I wear the aligners?

A: You must wear the aligners for up to 22 hours daily. You can take them out when eating and drinking and when performing your oral hygiene.

Q: Are there any foods I can’t eat when I’m in treatment?

A: No. Because the aligners are meant to be removed when eating, you can continue enjoying all your favorite foods.

Q: Will my speech be affected when the aligners are in my mouth?

A: Like with any orthodontic treatment, there is a short adjustment period. The more you speak with the aligners in your mouth, the quicker you will adjust.

Q: Will Invisalign treatment be uncomfortable?

A: You can expect to feel some pressure and minor discomfort for a day or two each time you upgrade to a new aligner. This is a sign that your teeth are moving as they should.

Q: Is it OK to chew gum when I’m wearing the aligners?

A: No. Gum will stick to the aligners to make a big mess. If you want to chew gum, you’ll need to take your aligners out.

Q: Can I smoke or vape with my aligners in?

A: We don’t recommend it because smoking can stain and discolor the aligners and the typically high sugar levels in “e-juice” can get stuck between your aligners and your teeth.

Q: How does your Fountain Valley Invisalign Teen treatment differ from regular Invisalign?

A: Treatment with Invisalign Teen is the same as it is with regular Invisalign. However, Invisalign Teen aligners have a couple of extra features. These aligners come with tiny blue dot wear indicators that fade as the aligners are worn to tell the teen when it’s time to switch aligners. Invisalign Teen aligners also have eruption tabs built right in to hold space for adult teeth that have yet to come in.

H2: Q: How do I keep my aligners clean?

A: By brushing them gently using a soft-bristled toothbrush and cool to lukewarm water. Brush your aligners at the same time you’re brushing your teeth. Don’t use any toothpaste because it can scratch your aligners and cause them to look dull. You should also periodically use denture cleaner on your aligners to give them a deep clean.

Q: How often will I have to see my Seal Beach orthodontist during treatment?

A: You will visit us every six to twelve weeks during treatment so Dr. Harner can monitor your progress.

Q: How long does Invisalign treatment take?

A: Treatment time varies from one patient to the next. Treatment can be as short as six months and as long as 18 months.

Q: What happens when I’m done with my Fountain Valley Invisalign treatment?

A: Just like with traditional braces, you will be given a custom-made retainer that you will have to wear indefinitely to keep your teeth in their new positions.

Call Your Huntington Beach Invisalign Provider

Thank you for choosing Harner Orthodontics for your orthodontic treatment needs. If you have any questions about Invisalign that weren’t answered above, please contact us and our friendly staff will happily answer them! If you’d like to set up a complimentary consultation with Dr. Harner to find out if Invisalign is right for you or your teenager, please request an appointment today. We look forward to seeing you soon!