Kinsey Smiles
Brian Kinsey DMD, Dentistry at Hamilton Mill

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Invisalign Clear Braces

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Invisalign Clear Braces

It is recommended that you remove your liners before eating anything and clean your teeth prior to placing your learners back in your mouth.


You can drink with the aligners in but it is recommended that you do not have hot beverages such as coffee or hot tea with your liners in, as they may warp the liner material.

The short answer is no. Most cosmetic dental procedures are extremely conservative and therefore post-treatment discomfort is usually minimal. Almost all procedures are done under local anesthetic to ensure your comfort. With Regard to Invisalign clear aligners, we find that they are generally much more comfortable than traditional braces since they provide a very light but consistent force on the teeth.

Compared to traditional braces and other aligner systems, any discomfort with Invisalign is minimal. Sometimes patients report feeling slight discomfort when they start a new aligner, but usually within 24 to 48 hours it is gone.

Treatment time will vary between patients, but on average patients wear them for about 12 months. Patients with minimal crowding or minimal tooth movement can be completed in as little as six months, whereas severely crowded teeth involving a lot of movement may take up to 18 months or more. However, this degree of severity is rarely seen in our practice. 

Absolutely! We have found that one of the best ways to accomplish this begins with an accurate diagnosis which includes digital photographs and 3-D models of your teeth. After a thorough interview, and equally thorough exam and gathering all of the data needed, we can analyze the data and the photos in the models and then come up with several excellent options. We would then meet with you and take you on a tour of your mouth using the photos and discuss what can be done to restore your mouth to excellent health, function and aesthetics. In advanced cases, treatment can also be phased so to fit your schedule and budget.

We offer professional whitening for dark or discolored teeth. In addition, we can provide patients with Invisalign clear aligners to easily resolve crowded, crooked or rotated teeth. We also offer a variety of restorative solutions using the latest techniques and materials which can restore your teeth to a more aesthetically pleasing size, shape, and color - most commonly done using state of the art porcelain veneers or crowns. We also offer solutions for missing teeth which most commonly include dental implants or tooth colored bridges-both of which can be very aesthetic while restoring function.

Traditional braces involve brackets which are glued to the teeth, into which wire is attached. This straightens the teeth over time. 

Invisalign straightens the teeth without using wires in brackets, but instead uses a series of clear customized aligners. Aligners are worn around the clock except when eating and brushing, and since they are completely removable brushing and flossing are very simple compared to traditional braces.

While most people can be effectively treated with Invisalign, there are some certain clinical situations that require the use of traditional braces. These cases usually involve significant changes to the bite or cases where jaw surgery is indicated.

Invisalign is an innovative and discreet way to address teeth alignment, bite discrepancies, and cosmetic issues without the need for traditional braces. Many of our teen and adult patients want a straighter smile, but brackets and wires are not appealing to them.

Using a series of clear plastic aligner trays, Invisalign gradually moves teeth into alignment. Many patients report that Invisalign is comfortable and easy to use.

Once we determine if Invisalign is right for you, Dr. Kinsey will plan your treatment, ensuring a comfortable and beautiful outcome. The length of treatment will depend on how many teeth need to move and how far they must move to achieve an ideal bite.

A consultation with Dr. Kinsey will help him determine treatment times and cost, which you can discuss at your appointment. 

Of course, once you receive your aligners, your compliance will be the key to your success. Remove your aligners only to eat, drink hot liquids, and clean your teeth. The rest of the day, you should wear your aligners. Most patients have no problem following the recommendations since Invisalign is comfortable and nearly invisible.

If you are interested in learning more, contact our Dacula dental office to schedule an Invisalign consultation with Dr. Kinsey.

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