Invisalign and Invisalign Teen aligners are some of the best, discreet orthodontic options on the market today. If you’re looking for more information about Invisalign Topeka, KS, or Invisalign Lawrence, KS, you’re in the right place! At HWH Orthodontics, we are proud to be a top 1% Invisalign provider for the entire country. If you’ve got questions about Invisalign, we’ve got answers. In fact, we dedicated this entire post specifically to answering the top questions our patients have about Invisalign treatment. Questions like, “How much does Invisalign cost?” and “How long does Invisalign treatment take?” Whether you’ve already decided that Invisalign is the right option for you, or you’re just learning more about Invisalign treatment, this post has something for everyone! 

How long does Invisalign treatment take? 

One of the first questions that most patients have about Invisalign treatment is, “How long does it take?” Understandably, you want to ensure that you are getting the best orthodontic results as efficiently as possible. Invisalign treatment definitely has a clear advantage when it comes to duration of treatment. In most cases, patients wrap up their Invisalign treatment within 12-18 months. This is noticeably quicker than the average treatment time for traditional metal or ceramic braces. Regarding specific treatment time, a thorough evaluation will be required to give you an accurate estimate on your unique treatment timeline. Every orthodontic case is different and therefore, treatment times vary from patient to patient. 

What factors affect the length of my Invisalign treatment?

While the average Invisalign treatment time is between 12-18 months, there are many factors that can affect the duration of your Invisalign treatment. One of the major factors that influences treatment time is the severity and complexity of misalignment. Cases that have a slight or mild misalignment will have shorter treatment times than those with more complex misalignment issues. Patient compliance is another factor that will greatly affect treatment time and success. Because Invisalign retainers are removable, it is up to each patient to ensure that they are wearing their aligners the recommended 22 hours per day. This means that you will only remove your aligners to eat, drink, brush and floss. Failure to consistently wear your Invisalign aligners will drastically lengthen treatment time, and can even result in a total treatment failure. In addition to consistently wearing your aligners, it’s also important to maintain your regular check-up schedule with HWH Orthodontics. We will monitor the progress of your treatment and make sure that everything is progressing on time. By following these guidelines, you are well on your way to an efficient, excellent Invisalign treatment!

How does Invisalign work?

You might be wondering, “How does Invisalign work anyway?” Invisalign clear aligners are an incredible, relatively new orthodontic treatment option. They allow patients to discreetly and efficiently straighten their teeth without a huge disruption to their lifestyle. Invisalign works by using clear aligners to gradually move your teeth into the desired position over time. Your orthodontist will take a custom scan of your teeth and send that scan to Invisalign for the design of your aligners. When your first set of clear aligners arrives, we will check to ensure that they fit properly and then your treatment is underway! You will begin wearing your aligners 22 hours per day and only remove them to eat, drink, brush and floss. It may seem like that is a lot of time, but you will adapt to your clear aligners quickly. Most patients actually report that they hardly remember they are wearing them! Every two weeks, you will receive a new set of aligners in the mail as your treatment progresses. With consistent wear, and regular check-ups with your doctor, you will likely achieve your new smile within 12-18 months! 

How much does Invisalign cost?

Whether you are a parent looking into Invisalign Teen, or researching Invisalign for Adults, treatment cost is always a top question for any orthodontic treatment. At HWH Orthodontics, we’re committed to helping our patients receive the treatment that they need without cost being a barrier. That’s why we offer 0% interest in-house financing, family discounts, and flexible monthly payments. Estimating the total cost of your Invisalign treatment is difficult without first evaluating your orthodontic case. As we discussed earlier in this post, there are many factors that can affect the complexity and length of your treatment. Once we have had the chance to thoroughly review your specific orthodontic case and desired results, we will be able to give a more accurate estimate of cost.

Many patients also ask if Invisalign treatment is covered by their health insurance. While some health insurance plans cover orthodontic treatment, others do not. Call your insurance provider to find out about the coverage options in your specific plan. If you would like some assistance navigating your insurance policy, we are happy to help assist you in finding out this information. At HWH Orthodontics, we believe that every person deserves a beautiful, healthy smile. We will work with you to find a financing option that works for your family. 

Are there any food restrictions during Invisalign treatment?

Parents, teens, and adult patients alike all get pretty excited about this particular advantage of the Invisalign system. Unlike normal metal braces, Invisalign clear aligners have no food restrictions during your treatment. You heard that right — you can eat whatever you want while creating the smile of your dreams! Because you will remove your clear aligners to eat and drink, you can enjoy all your normal, favorite foods and snacks. Nuts, popcorn, hard candy, or taffy — eat away! Just make sure that you brush and floss properly before putting your aligners back in after eating. Food residue left on your teeth can create an unhygienic environment for bacteria to grow if trapped in your clear aligners. 

How do I clean my Invisalign aligners?

Once you’ve begun your Invisalign treatment, you’ll want to ensure that your clear aligners and teeth stay in tip-top shape. You already know how to properly clean your teeth, but you may wonder how to care for your clear aligners. Fortunately, properly caring for your Invisalign aligners is simple and can be incorporated into your normal daily routine. For most patients, cleaning their aligners is as simple as brushing their teeth. Invisalign aligners can be cleaned just like your teeth with a soft bristled toothbrush and toothpaste. Simply brush your aligners inside and out and thoroughly rinse under cool water. There are other cleaning options out there for your clear aligners including denture soaks and Invisalign brand cleaning solution. The most important thing however, is to find the care routine that works best for you. Consistency is key in caring for your clear aligners, and you will want to choose a cleaning routine that you can easily stick to. 

Will the aligners affect my speech?

If you’ve never worn any form of aligner or retainer before, you may have concerns about how they could affect your speech.You’re not alone — many first-time orthodontic patients wonder if they will be able to talk normally during treatment. Fortunately, Invisalign clear aligners are comfortable, unobtrusive, and designed specifically to fit your teeth! This means that after the first initial days of getting used to the feel of new aligners, most patients report barely noticing that they are wearing them. You will be able to talk, sing, shout as usual, all while creating a gorgeous new smile. 

How often will I go in for appointments?

Invisalign treatment is a relatively independent process. Because new sets of clear aligners are mailed directly to you every 2 weeks, you will need to come to the office less than someone with regular metal braces. Most patients will come in for a check-up appointment every 6-8 weeks during treatment. During these appointments, we will check to ensure that your aligners are fitting properly and that your treatment progress is on track. We will also monitor the health of your teeth and gums to make sure that they are healthy and responding well to treatment. It is important that you maintain these regular appointments to ensure the success and timeliness of your treatment. If there does happen to be an issue that arises with how your teeth are responding to your clear aligners, regular check-ups will allow us to catch the issue sooner and correct it right away. 

How to find the best Invisalign doctor near me?

Choosing the right doctor for your Invisalign treatment is an important part of your overall experience and results. There are many things to consider when choosing your orthodontist, and a few tools to help you make your decision. Many prospective patients want to hear first-hand experiences with orthodontists that they are considering. There are many great options online for finding first-hand patient experiences. Google offers a great tool in the form of Google business reviews. Simply find the doctor you’re researching on google and read through their patient reviews. You will want to find a doctor that will not only give you great results, but who will treat you or your child with kindness and respect throughout the process. Another thing to consider when choosing your Invisalign doctor is their office technology. Orthodontic technology is always evolving and changing to reflect the new information and advancements. Invisalign treatment requires specific technology to scan your teeth and help monitor your progress. Ensuring that your orthodontist stays abreast of technological advancements will give you a more comfortable and efficient treatment experience. 

At HWH Orthodontics, we are proud to be a top 1% provider for Invisalign Topeka, KS and Invisalign Lawrence, KS. What does being a top 1% provider mean? We’re glad you asked! It means that we have a lot of experience with Invisalign! It also means that Invisalign trusts us to do a great job using their technology to improve people’s smiles. We’ve treated more than 2,000 cases of Invisalign and add more every day. You can trust us when we recommend Invisalign because we see Invisalign patients in Topeka and Lawrence Kansas on a daily basis.

We want to prove to you that we’re the right orthodontist for you. Our incredible team of professionals are exceptionally kind, whip smart, and truly passionate about giving our patients the best possible orthodontic experience. Our practice has a 100 year legacy of offering our incredible community superior orthodontic care. Doctors Hamilton, Wilson, and Hendrickson are a phenomenal team, and offer our patients the benefit of three experienced, compassionate doctors. We truly care about every aspect of your orthodontic treatment, from the first appointment to your last. If you’re considering orthodontic treatment in Topeka or Lawrence, KS, visit our website here to book your no-obligation, free consultation. To find out more about Invisalign treatment at HWH Orthodontics, visit here. Orthodontic treatment is not just something you have to “get through”. We’re here to prove that your Invisalign treatment can actually be enjoyable! It’s not every day that you get to create the smile of your dreams, so why not have some fun on the journey. At HWH Orthodontics, we’re here to enjoy the process with you every step of the way. 

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