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Your Invisalign Questions Explained: Top 9 FAQs


Do you like your smile? Are you happy with your teeth? We all have physical insecurities that we would love to do something about, and it turns out that our smiles are one of the most common things we would like to change about ourselves. In fact, 71% of British adults say that they don’t feel confident showing their teeth in photos. What if we told you that you could do something about your teeth and that lifetime smile confidence isn’t just down to genetics? Invisalign is a revolutionary tooth straightening technology that has the power to give you perfectly straight teeth with minimal hassle. Let’s find out more about this cosmetic dentistry by answering your top nine Invisalign questions.

Here at Smile Stories our team of smile architects are experts when it comes to everything Invisalign. Thanks to its effectiveness and practically invisible appearance, this is one of the world’s leading teeth straightening techniques. Invisalign may be over 20 years old, but that doesn’t mean that you might not have questions about it. Let us answer your top nine frequently asked questions about Invisalign.

1. How Does Invisalign Work?

Generally, the most common question because wrapping your head around cosmetic dentistry isn’t always easy. Invisalign works a lot like traditional braces that you might have had when you were a kid. However, the main advantage of Invisalign is the clear and discreet trays.

Invisalign works by exerting a gentle force on your teeth with different pressures and careful timing. This will bring your teeth into a more functional and aesthetically pleasing alignment. Every aligner is designed to make the smallest of adjustments, and so you will continuously swap out the aligner trays once every couple of weeks throughout the treatment.

The smile transformation process may take time, but you won’t be disappointed with the results. So, go on, flaunt that newfound smile confidence.

2. How Long Do I Need to Wear an Invisalign Retainer?

Like most things in life, everyone is different, so there is no uniform treatment length. Timing can vary depending on your alignment issues, but adults can complete the course of treatment in anywhere from six to 18 months.

In teenagers, the Invisalign process tends to take longer, just like it does with traditional braces. The treatment time for teenagers generally takes two to three years.

3. Are There Any Food Restrictions with Invisalign?

Drum roll please — the answer is no. All you foodies can breathe a sigh of relief. There are no food restrictions when it comes to using Invisalign. These aligners are easy to remove. Therefore you can pop them in and out when you eat or drink.

When wearing these Invisalign aligners, it is essential to maintain good dental hygiene by brushing your teeth and flossing regularly. Anyway, the good news is it is time to celebrate the fact that you don’t have to give up any of your favourite foods as you start your smile journey.

4. Does Invisalign Hurt?

These aligners use pressure to move your teeth around and transform your smile. It is, therefore, possible that you may feel some discomfort as you get used to each aligner tray. It is worth remembering that this discomfort signifies that your teeth are moving and you are achieving the desired results.

5. What Are the Aligners Made Of?

Our Invisalign aligners are custom made just for you by our team of smile architects, but what are these aligners actually made of? As we said, these aligners are revolutionary teeth straightening techniques, which is down to their strong medical grade thermoplastic material. This material is virtually invisible and easily moulded to fit all mouths. 

6. Can Invisalign Move or Change Your Jawline?

Want a more chiselled jawline? It turns out that Invisalign can help you with that too. Another one of the most common Invisalign questions that we get is, “Can Invisalign move or change my jaw?” — the short answer is yes.

There are Invisalign attachments used to move the teeth and the jaw into the desired position and ensure a healthy bite.

7. Can Invisalign Fix Overcrowding?

Overcrowding is a common problem that we see as cosmetic dentists. This occurs when you don’t have enough room in your jaw for them to fit normally. This means that your teeth get pushed together and start to bunch up and overlap.

Common causes for overcrowding include abnormally shaped teeth or premature loss of baby teeth. Thankfully Invisalign can work its magic by gently applying pressure until the teeth are set in the desired position. However, if you have a severe case of overcrowding, you may need some further treatment to get the smile of your dreams.

8. Can Invisalign Fix Gaps?

Occasionally little gaps can be charming, but no one wants a gappy smile that could stop you from feeling confident in your holiday snaps or shameless selfies. Invisalign is the perfect solution to your gappy smile problems.

Gaps are the empty spaces between two or more teeth. These gaps not only look unsightly but can be problematic for your dental hygiene. It’s easy to get food stuck in these spaces, contributing to plaque build-up and gum disease.

Thankfully Invisalign is one of the quickest treatments when it comes to fixing gaps, meaning you can look forward to happily showing your teeth when you smile and taking confident selfies once more.

9. Can Invisalign Correct Your Bite?

To keep it simple — the answer is yes. Invisalign is the perfect solution when it comes to correcting your bite. Malocclusion (if you want to get technical) or misalignment of teeth can be dangerous for your oral health and cause severe issues like pain when chewing, damage to your teeth and gums and even a change in appearance.

If you suffer from teeth misalignment, make sure that you do something about it. Take your first steps towards better oral health.

So there you have it — our top nine most frequently asked Invisalign questions. Although Invisalign might not be the answer to everything, it is clear why this teeth straightening method has transformed how people look and feel about their teeth. Discover lifetime smile confidence and find out how Invisalign can change your life.

Start your smile journey with Invisalign at Smile Stories. Get in touch with our aesthetic dentists today and get your free consultation.


Dr Gareth Edwards BDS (Hons) MFDS RCPS (Glasg) qualified from dental school with honours. Practising from Bournemouth and Poole, he has a keen interest in orthodontics and aesthetic dentistry and is a certified Invisalign provider. Smile Stories provide teeth whitening Bournemouth.

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