7 Common Facts for Invisalign Wearers

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common invisalign factsSanta Cruz, Scotts Valley CA

Invisalign is a revolutionary way to straighten teeth comfortably, discreetly and in usually half the time it takes traditional metal braces. Clear, removable aligner trays are custom-made to apply gentle pressure to the teeth, gradually guiding them into their proper position. Our Invisalign dentist in Santa Cruz has compiled the following list of common facts that most would-be Invisalign users want to know before beginning orthodontic treatment:

  1. What’s the daily wear time?

To be effective and stay on schedule with progress, aligners should be worn 20-22 hours a day. They should only be removed for eating, drinking anything other than water, brushing and flossing.

  1. Does Invisalign hurt?

Invisalign is more comfortable than traditional metal braces. The aligners are worn for about two weeks before switching to a new set, at which point patients may feel a bit of discomfort. This is normal and should only last a few days. Look at this time as proof that Invisalign is working by shifting your teeth!

  1. How do I keep my teeth clean while wearing Invisalign?

Be sure to brush and floss your teeth after every meal and before putting your Invisalign aligners back in your mouth. Aligners, themselves, also need to be cleaned. Our Scotts Valley Invisalign dentist recommends cleaning the trays regularly with a soft-bristled toothbrush and clear, unscented soap or Invisalign cleaning crystals.

  1. Will I talk normal while wearing Invisalign?

While Invisalign aligners are so discreet that others hardly notice them, you may experience a slight lisp or change in speech when you’re just getting started on your Invisalign journey. This usually resolves itself when the mouth has adjusted, likely just a few days.

  1. How often will I need to see the dentist during treatment?

Our cosmetic dentist in Santa Cruz will usually want to see you every six to eight weeks to monitor your progress.

  1. How long do I wear one set of aligners?

Most patients wear aligner trays for a week or two before switching to a new set, but this schedule can vary based on individual treatment plans.

  1. Does Invisalign require follow-up care?

After completing Invisalign treatment, nighttime retainers are usually needed to maintain the new position of the teeth.


Invisalign is a popular choice for adults and teens who want to straighten their teeth discreetly and quickly. The system, however, requires commitment and dedication to wearing the aligners 22 hours a day while also maintaining oral hygiene. If you’re interested in Invisalign, contact Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry at (831) 824-5111, or reach us online to schedule a consultation today.