Invisalign is a modern orthodontic treatment that uses clear aligners to straighten teeth, providing an alternative to traditional metal braces. It is often recommended for patients with orthodontic issues, such as crooked teeth, gaps and overcrowding.  

If you are considering Invisalign, here are some Invisalign frequently asked questions to help you better understand the treatment:

What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?

Invisalign offers a variety of benefits in comparison to traditional braces. Some of these include:


The clear aligners are virtually invisible, making it a discreet treatment option, especially for adults who may feel self-conscious about wearing metal braces.


Invisalign aligners are made from smooth plastic, eliminating the risk of cuts and irritation often associated with metal braces.


The aligners can be removed for eating, brushing and flossing, allowing for easier oral hygiene maintenance than traditional braces.


With Invisalign, fewer visits to the orthodontist are required, as no adjustments are needed.


Using advanced technology such as 3D imaging, Invisalign treatment plans are highly accurate and predictable in achieving desired results.

How Long Does Treatment With Invisalign Take?

The length of treatment time varies depending on the individual case and the severity of misalignment. On average, Invisalign treatment takes between 12-18 months. However, some patients may see results in as little as six months, while others may require up to 24 months of treatment.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign works by using a series of custom-made, clear plastic aligners, which gradually shift the position of your teeth. These aligners are created using 3D computer imaging technology to ensure a precise and comfortable fit. You have to wear these for at least 20 to 22 hours for two weeks for optimal results. You can only remove them when brushing, flossing and eating and drinking.

Does Invisalign Treatment Interrupt My Daily Life?

No. Invisalign aligners are designed to blend with your lifestyle so that they won't interrupt your daily routine or activities. You can remove them when necessary, and they are virtually undetectable in social or professional situations. On the other hand, it may take a few days to adjust to speaking with the aligners in your mouth, but most patients quickly adapt and find that there is no significant impact on their speech.

Is Invisalign Treatment Painful?

There might be some discomfort during the first few days of wearing a new set of aligners, but this is typically mild and short-lived. This discomfort is often described as pressure or tightness and is a sign that the aligners are working to move your teeth. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen can help alleviate any discomfort.

Can Anyone Get Invisalign Treatment?

Invisalign treatment is suitable for almost all patients, including teenagers and adults. However, Invisalign is not recommended for young children who are still growing and developing their teeth. Also, if you have complex orthodontic issues, such as severe misalignment or jaw problems, Invisalign may not be your ideal treatment option. The best way to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for Invisalign is to consult an orthodontist.

Does My Insurance Cover Invisalign Treatment?

Many dental insurance plans cover Invisalign treatment, but it's always best to check with your provider beforehand. Some insurance companies may only cover a portion of the cost or have specific limitations on coverage for orthodontic treatments. The good news is that we offer flexible payment options and financing plans to make Invisalign more affordable.

Washington Orthodontist: Your Go-to Expert for Quality Invisalign Treatment in Columbia, SC

At Washington Orthodontist, we strive to provide our patients with the highest quality Invisalign using the latest technology and techniques. Our experienced team will work closely with you to create a customized treatment plan that fits your specific needs and goals. 

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and see if Invisalign is right for you!