Invisalign FAQ

At Studio City Orthodontist, our skilled orthodontist has over 20 years of experience helping patients align their smiles. As a double Diamond Invisalign Provider—which is the highest level of expertise achievable in the industry—we have guided patients of all ages throughout the Invisalign system process, and we are ready to help you too. Our team wants you to make the most informed decision about your dental care possible, so we are sharing answers to your most frequently asked questions.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a system that utilizes clear aligner trays to gently and discreetly realign your teeth. An initial set of clear aligners are custom created to your unique smile, and every few weeks, your doctor will monitor your progress and provide a new batch of aligners. By wearing these aligners as often as possible—with 22 hours a day being recommended—the aligners place constant pressure on your teeth, moving them into place. 

Who Qualifies for Invisalign Treatments?

Invisalign is a great option for both adults and teenagers looking to address issues such as overbites, underbites, tooth gaps, and crowded teeth. While originally, this was only an option for those who have their full set of adult teeth, Invisalign Phase 1, also known as Invisalign First, can help children between the ages of six and ten, who have a mixture of baby teeth and adult teeth. This makes Invisalign a quality option to address most alignment issues for patients of all ages.

How Long Does the Invisalign Process Take?

Treatment times are highly variable based on the complexity of your alignment issue. Depending on the intricacies of your case, you can see a transformation in as little as 6 months. Many patients experience noticeable results in just a matter of weeks. 

What Can I Eat While Using Invisalign?

Invisalign’s clear aligners are completely removable, allowing you to enjoy foods without restriction.

Are the Aligners Painful?

Invisalign’s clear aligners work by applying constant gentle pressure to your teeth. While typically, patients report feeling this pressure, it is not uncomfortable. Often, the only discomfort reported is during the first two days of wearing a new set of aligners, where force is greatest.

What Is the Best Way to Clean my Aligners?

During your initial Invisalign treatment, we will walk you through care instructions and answer any questions you might have. We recommend cleaning your aligners at least twice daily by brushing them with lukewarm water and using special cleaning tablets.

Will I Need a Retainer After my Invisalign?

Whether you are choosing braces or Invisalign, it is typically recommended to use a retainer after major orthodontic treatment. This helps prevent your teeth from shifting back. However, every case is different, and our team will let you know exactly what to expect post-treatment, so you feel informed at every step of the process.

If you have questions that weren’t addressed here, our team is happy to answer them. Call us at (818) 528-8908. We have become one of the most trusted names in Invisalign solutions throughout Studio City and the surrounding areas.