Kinsey Smiles
Brian Kinsey DMD, Dentistry at Hamilton Mill

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Invisalign Clear Braces

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Choosing a family dentist is an important decision. We want you to feel confident when you choose Kinsey Smiles for your dentistry. No question is too big or small. We welcome you to call us with any concerns you might have.

Some of our most common questions are listed right here. 

Invisalign Clear Braces

It is recommended that you remove your aligners before eating anything and clean your teeth prior to placing your aligners 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 aligners in, as they may warp the aligner material.

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

Treatment time will vary between patients depending on the amount of tooth movement required, but on average patients wear them for about 6 months. Patients with minimal crowding or minimal tooth movement can be completed in as little as 3 months, whereas severely crowded teeth involving a lot of movement may take up to 12 months or more. However, this degree of severity is rarely seen in our practice. 


We have found that one of the best ways to accomplish this begins with an accurate diagnosis which includes diagnostic digital photographs and 3-D models of your teeth.

After a thorough interview to understand your goals, and equally thorough exam to gather all of the data needed, we can systematically analyze the data and the photos and the models and 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.

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.  With advances in clear aligner technology, there aren't many orthodontic or alignment issues which cannot be resolved using Invisalign.

With advances in clear aligner technology, there aren't many orthodontic or alignment issues which cannot be resolved using Invisalign. 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. Most 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.

We have been performing Invisalign treatment for more than 15 years.  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, when drinking hot liquids such as hot tea or coffee, and to 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 office to schedule a free Invisalign consultation with Dr. Kinsey.

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