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As your trusted choice for a Durham and Chapel Hill pediatric dentist and orthodontist, it’s not just our aim at Clifton & Mauney Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry to provide you with efficient dental and orthodontic treatments, such as Invisalign – we want to provide unparalleled patient care just as much. This doesn’t just extend to our office, but your home as well. If you’re undergoing our Chapel Hill and Durham Invisalign treatment, we want it to proceed as smoothly as possible, which is why we’re providing you with a list of answers to the most frequently asked questions about Invisalign.


How Often Will I Wear My Aligners?

For our Durham and Chapel Hill Invisalign treatment to work as intended, you should wear them at least 22 hours every day. You’ll regularly remove them for eating and cleaning your teeth.

How Long Does Invisalign Take?

Our Chapel Hill and Durham Invisalign treatment will vary depending on the patient and the severity of the misaligned teeth. Typically, the treatment time will be shorter than treatment withbraces and will last around six to 18 months.

Are There Any Restrictions to What I Can Eat During Treatment?

Unlike braces, there aren’t any restrictions to what you can eat during treatment because you’ll be taking out the aligners before you eat. Just remember to brush your teeth before you put your aligners back in.

Will Wearing the Aligners Affect My Speech?

Like all orthodontic treatments, there will be a short adjustment period where you’ll have to get used to them. The more you speak with the aligners in though, the quicker you’ll adjust to them.

Will the Invisalign Treatment Be Painful?

No – our Durham and Chapel Hill Invisalign treatment is completely pain-free! However, there will be some minor pressure and discomfort for about a day or so when wearing a new set of aligners. This isn’t anything to be worried about as it’s just a sign that your teeth are gradually moving toward their intended positions.

Can I Still Chew Gum?

If you’re going to chew gum, we recommend taking the aligners out beforehand since gum can sometimes stick to the aligners.

Can I Smoke with the Aligners In?

We strongly discourage smoking with the aligners in as the smoke can tend to discolor the aligners.

How Do I Keep My Aligners Clean?

To keep them clean, you’ll want to brush them regularly with your toothbrush and toothpaste.

How Often Do I Need to See My Orthodontist During Treatment?

Your regular visits to your Durham and Chapel Hill orthodontist will be about every five-to-six weeks. This will ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.

Will I Need Retainers After My Treatment Is Finished?

Like all other orthodontic treatments, you’ll be instructed to wear your retainers at night indefinitely after the treatment is over. This will help maintain the new positions of your teeth and ensure a healthy bite.

Does Invisalign Work for Kids?

While Invisalign is meant for adults, we also offer a treatment that’s geared toward teenagers –Invisalign Teen.

Contact Your Chapel Hill Pediatric Dentist and Orthodontist Today!

If you have any further questions about our Chapel Hill and Durham Invisalign, please don’t hesitate to contact us and let us know. We’ll be glad to assist you with any of your concerns! If you’d like to schedule an appointment with us, we encourage you to fill out our appointment request form. We’re looking forward to hearing from you and helping you attain a straighter and healthier smile!