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Do you want to know how teeth straightening works, or what you can eat and drink during Invisalign treatment? Here are the answers to some of the questions we get asked the most.

Teeth Straightening

How does teeth straightening work?

Orthodontic treatment works to straighten teeth as braces apply a gentle force on the teeth, which transfers this force to the surrounding bone. This initiates a natural reaction in the bone removing the bone from in front of the tooth and replacing it behind the tooth, allowing the tooth to move in the direction of the force.

Is teeth straightening permanent?

Unfortunately, nothing in life is permanent, especially in nature. However, if the aftercare plan of wearing the retainers is followed then there is no reason why the teeth will not stay in the desired position. This does assume that the teeth and gums remain healthy, and are well looked and regularly checked by a professional.

Is teeth straightening painful?

Some discomfort for 2-3 days after the placement of the appliances, and after each adjustment, is to be expected. This is because of the initiation of the natural reaction in the bone to the pressure applied. This can be described as a dull throbbing ache. There should not be any sharp pains, and if this sort of pain persists after a few days then it needs to be checked by your Orthodontist.

Invisalign

What can you eat and drink with Invisalign?

As Invisalign Aligners are removable, you can eat and drink whatever you like during your treatment! The recommended wear time for Invisalign Aligners is 22 hours, leaving you 2 hours a day to remove the aligners to eat. The clear plastic can stain or discolour over time, so limiting food and drink such as tea, coffee, and red wine whilst wearing the aligners can help you take care of them. Be sure to brush your teeth, and clean your aligners, after eating.

Are Invisalign totally invisible?

Invisalign isn't totally invisible, and up-close others may be able to tell that you have the clear aligners in. However, these see-through clear aligners are extremely versatile and offer a more discreet teeth straightening option when compared to treatments such as Classic Braces.

Can Invisalign fix an overbite?

It is now possible for Invisalign to help fix an overbite. By attaching elastic bands to your top and bottom aligners, Invisalign can now tackle more issues than ever, including an overbite. A customised treatment plan can help move your teeth, jaw, or both, to fix your overbite.