What can go wrong with Invisalign?

If not planned properly, Invisalign will not move the teeth properly. Patients can sometimes end up with undesired results such as protrusive teeth, asymmetric teeth or teeth that haven't fully straightened. There's also the risk for gum disease, jaw problems, and unstable results.

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Can Invisalign cause problems?

If you use Invisalign for more than one year, the aligners may chip your teeth or cause other long-term damage to them. Like braces, Invisalign can also contribute to gum recession and exposed tooth roots. However, going to the dentist as needed should prevent any damage since dentists check for these side effects.

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What is the downside of Invisalign?

Con: You Have to Wear Invisalign 20 to 22 Hours Per Day

This means that you should only take them out to eat, brush, and floss. Otherwise, your teeth won't move accordingly to your treatment plan and you'll fall behind schedule. Your aligners may also feel tighter the next time you wear them.

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What problems can Invisalign not fix?

What Invisalign Can't Fix
  • Severe Overbite/Underbite: In an overbite, your top teeth stick out over your bottom teeth. ...
  • Rotated Teeth: Teeth can rotate in their sockets if they are overcrowded. ...
  • Large Gaps: Invisalign effectively closes small gaps between teeth, but it cannot always correct large gaps.

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Is it normal for Invisalign to not fit perfectly?

It's pretty common for a new set of Invisalign trays to feel very tight. In some cases, it may even seem like they can't fit over your teeth. If you've just switched to a new set of trays and they're not fitting onto your teeth, you can use Invisalign “Chewies” to seat them properly.

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Does Invisalign change your face shape?

No, orthodontic treatment, including Invisalign and braces, does not directly impact your nose or lengthen your face. The reason people occasionally think their nose looks different after braces or their face seems to have lengthened is about the angles.

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What do orthodontists think of Invisalign?

Because the Invisalign® system makes life easier for their patients, orthodontists often prefer it over metal braces. However, for patients with severely misaligned teeth, braces are the better option. Sometimes, teeth need to be twisted as part of the straightening process.

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What foods are off limits with Invisalign?

Foods and beverages to avoid
  • Chewy foods. Foods that are especially chewy or sticky may be best to avoid. ...
  • Hard foods or candies. Just like with chewy foods, hard foods are also best to avoid because they can cause severe damage to the Invisalign. ...
  • Coffees, teas and wines.

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Can aligners cause teeth to fall out?

Assuming that you do not have horrible gum disease and bone lose before starting treatment (if you do you shouldn't be getting orthodontic treatment) then there is 0 risk that you will lose any teeth with Invisalign or braces...

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Do your teeth turn yellow with Invisalign?

No, Invisalign aligners do not make your teeth yellow.

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Can Invisalign damage nerves?

If you've had an injury on a tooth before, Invisalign can damage or kill its nerves. Nerve damage doesn't mean the death of your tooth, but it may require more treatment to restore the nerves. It could even mean a root canal! Cases of nerve damage are rare, but you should take a few precautions to make sure.

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Can Invisalign lead to bone loss?

The pressure that Invisalign applies to your teeth may cause a very slight degree of bone loss. However, straightening out your teeth can actually have long-term benefits for your jaw. That is because well-aligned teeth are much easier to keep clean than ones that are overcrowded or otherwise out of place.

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Why is my tooth loose after Invisalign?

It is normal for your teeth to feel wobbly and loose when you first start wearing Invisalign aligners. This is because the aligners slightly shift your teeth into new, straight positions. Over time, as your teeth become more aligned, the looseness will fade.

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Can Invisalign cause root damage?

Root resorption: Invisalign® has to cause a cellular response in the roots of the teeth in order to let them move. On rare occasions, it is possible for the cellular response to damage the ends of the roots of the teeth.

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Can aligners mess up your bite?

Developing a posterior open bite is one of the most common outcomes of using direct-to-consumer (DTC) orthodontic tooth aligners.

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How many times a day can you take Invisalign out?

Answer: Removing Invisalign Trays Many Times a Day

As long as you're getting in the full 22/hrs/day, you should be OK. The only risk you're taking is that the trays might crack prematurely from the multiple removals and insertions.

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Can I eat pizza with Invisalign?

Because the clear aligners are easily removed, your diet is not restricted. You can eat the popcorn and pizza and apples and steak without worrying about doing damage to the wires and brackets of traditional metal braces.

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Can I drink alcohol with Invisalign?

Drinking alcohol with Invisalign or having the occasional glass of soda is fine but only if you've taken your aligners out and rinse your mouth out after. Drinking with Invisalign aligners in your mouth will cause the plastic to stain if you're having things like coffee, red wine or tea.

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Should I trust a dentist to do Invisalign?

You Can Get Invisalign From A General Dentist

This is because it's not intended to treat extensive or severe orthodontic issues, so any dentist can learn to treat patients and correct their smiles with Invisalign. Your dentist doesn't need to be an orthodontic specialist to provide this treatment.

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Do dentists make money from Invisalign?

Invisalign places each of its providers on a scale called “Invisalign Advantage,” which consists of eight tiers, ranging from Bronze to Diamond II. Dentists and orthodontists earn points for each Invisalign treatment they complete, allowing them to advance to higher tiers.

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Is kissing hard with Invisalign?

Most people never experience any issues when kissing with Invisalign braces in because Invisalign aligners are smooth and are designed to fit tightly to your teeth. They don't move, so they won't dislodge or affect your kissing.

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Does Invisalign make your lips look bigger?

Lips before and after the treatment

It happens because of the upper lip frenulum or the tooth window, which affects your lips, making them move forward slightly. But before and after the Invisalign treatment, you won't see much of a difference in the size of your lips; it just changes the position of your lips.

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Does Invisalign change your voice?

Invisalign uses thin, clear, plastic aligners to shift your teeth into place gradually. Since the trays are so slim, they will only have a minor impact on your speech. You will initially notice a slight lisp for the first few days of treatment. It will be most evident when making the “s”, “sh”, or “z” sounds.

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Can Invisalign pull your jaw forward?

Can Invisalign bring the jaw forward? With Invisalign, the Mandibular Advancement appliance can bring the lower jaw forward and correct certain types of overbites.

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What happens if you clench your teeth with Invisalign?

Since the aligners are changed weekly, it's unlikely that grinding will damage them. The aligners also protect tooth enamel from grinding forces. The plastic of the Invisalign mouthpiece absorbs the pressure that's created when a person grinds their teeth to prevent grinding from harming the tooth surfaces themselves.

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