Invisalign FAQs

How long will treatment take?

How long the treatment lasts depends on how severe your case is. The average treatment takes about 12 months for adults, but the length of treatment time for teens can vary.

Your dentist will be able to better answer this question for you when you are evaluated for Invisalign clear braces.

How often do I need to wear my aligners?

Aligners should be worn 20 to 22 hours a day. They can be removed to eat and for brushing and flossing.

How often do I need to see my Invisalign dentist or orthodontist?

Generally, you can expect to see your dentist once every 4 to 6 weeks to check on progress.

Will Invisalign treatment be painful?

You may experience discomfort for a few days after changing aligners. Most often this is a result of the pressure of the new aligner.

Taking an ibuprofen or other pain reliever generally resolves the discomfort quickly.

Can I just wear the aligners at night when I sleep?

No. To be effective, aligners need to be worn no less than 20 to 22 hours a day.

Can I chew gum while wearing my aligners?

No, but you can take out the aligners and chew gum for a short period of time.

I already wear braces. Can I switch to Invisalign?

Many patients are treated with a combination of traditional braces and Invisalign invisible braces. Speak with your Invisalign dentist, Dr. Ortega,  to determine the best course of treatment for your condition and situation.

Will Invisalign work with veneers?

If you have veneers, it is best to check with a trained Invisalign orthodontist to determine whether Invisalign invisible braces are the right choice for your particular situation.

I currently have bridgework on several teeth. Will Invisalign work for me?

A bridge connects one or more teeth to surrounding teeth. The nature of this bridgework is to prevent teeth from moving.

Invisalign aligners are designed to move teeth, so Invisalign aligners will not work very effectively on bridgework. Depending on how much bridgework you have and where the bridge is located ultimately determines whether Invisalign is a viable treatment option.

Consult with a trained Invisalign orthodontist to discuss your specific situation.

What is the cost of Invisalign?

Invisalign treatment cost varies based on how complex your case is, but on average, the cost of Invisalign will be between $3,000 and $8,000.

If you have more questions about Invisalign, please give our practice a call or contact us using the form on this page. We serve patients throughout Mission Hills, Hillcrest, and, of course, San Diego.