• Invisalign: What to Expect

  • Invisalign Boise orthodontistThere are many different ways available to get straighter teeth; metal braces, clear braces, In-Ovation, and Invisalign are just a few.  Today we’re going to take a look at what to expect with Invisalign and the treatment plan set forth by our Boise orthodontist and staff.  We receive a number of great questions from our patients and love passing on any knowledge so everyone can make a well-informed decision when it comes to getting straighter teeth.


    Invisalign Trays

    Invisalign uses a series of clear trays worn for 2 weeks at a time.  Each set is different as they are designed to gently move and mold your teeth into their new position.  Some teeth that need a little extra help may have a small application added to their surface so that these specific teeth will have assistance and support when moving over time.


    Treatment Plan Timeline

    It is necessary to wear the trays for the entire day, only taking them out when you eat.  This is how you get fast, amazing results.  Compromising the treatment plan means your treatment will take longer than expected.  The length of time you’ll wear the trays will depend on your mouth and alignment.  The average treatment plan ranges from 9 to 15 months.



    Initially, the Invisalign trays may feel a bit foreign in your mouth.  As with regular braces with brackets, you will find that a little wax from our Boise orthodontist will help soften the edges of the trays to your liking.  Our office can also make adjustments to the edges of the trays if necessary.  Also, like braces, your teeth may feel sore at times.  This is the newness of your teeth moving and is easily managed with over the counter pain relief options.  We can recommend a few options if you’d like.


    Caring for your trays

    Trays should be treated as part of your daily oral health regimen; that is, brush twice and floss every day.  Remove the trays while you eat and brush and floss before putting the trays back in your mouth.  Brush your trays with toothpaste and a toothbrush at least two times every day.  This keeps bacteria from growing in the trays and reduces the risk of tooth decay.


    Food and Drink with Invisalign

    On days when your teeth are sore, soft foods are best.  Like traditional braces, when they are tightened, or in this case, when the trays are changed out for the next set, your teeth can ache a little.  The aching typically lasts less than a day.  Foods and beverages which are prone to staining teeth should be avoided especially if you are drinking liquids with your trays in place.  Stick to clear liquids and avoid all sugary drinks when wearing your trays.


    If you are considering Invisalign, give our Boise orthodontist office a call to set up a consultation with our experts.  Our experience with a wide variety of alignment options means we can help you find a solution that best meets your needs and oral health goals.  Find more information about Invisalign on our Facebook page, or call our office today.  We look forward to creating a great, straight smile for you.