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There is a gap between my teeth, can it be closed with aligners?
Yes! A gap between teeth is usally easy to close with aligners. Make an appointment and we can tell you what the possibilities are.
Is a treatment with aligners suitable for me?
Aligners straighten teeth more predictable and comfortable, innovations and technological advancements make it possible to fix nearly all common teeth-straightening and bite issues, from simple to complex. Make an appointment and tell us what your wishes are, we will gladly tell you what the posibilities are!
Will wearing aligners effect my speech?
It may take a couple of days for your tongue to get used to having your aligners in your mouth, and you may have a slight lisp. But this should disappear quickly, this is also confirmed by the feedback we are receiving from everyone!
How long will a treatment take?
The length of treatment depends on multiple factors, like how complex your case is and how often you wear your aligners. We will determine exactly how long your treatment could take based on your specific needs. On average, Invisalign treatment time is 12 to 18 months, though you can start seeing results in a matter of weeks. Treatment with aligners is less long than treatment with braces.
I am currently wearing braces, can I switch to Invisalign treatment?
I am currently wearing braces. Can I make the switch to Invisalign treatment?
Possibly! Doctors are treating a significant number of patients with a combination of braces and Invisalign clear aligners — consult your doctor to determine the best treatment approach for your smile.
What is the difference between aligners and braces?
Aligners offer the same treatment possiblities and even more benefits:
- comfortabel te wear
- predictable result
- shorter treatment time
- easier to brush and floss
- less painfull
- reduced risk at cavities
- reduced risk at rootresorption
- no metal parts -> no risk at metal allergies
How much does an aligner treatment cost?
A treatment with aligners is a little more expensive than with metal braces, your insurance wil reimburse both treatments. You need an additional insurance for orthodontic treatment, ask your insurance company what they will reimburse. If an orthodontic treatment isn't covered, you could change to another health insurance at the end of each year. Check these sites to compare health insurances vergelijkmondzorg.nl and zorgwijzer.nl for children up to 18 years of age. For adults go to vergelijkmondzorg.nl and zorgwijzer.nl.
Can I smoke during my aligner treatment?
We discourage smoking while wearing aligners because it can stain them...starting your aligner treatment may be a good time to quit smoking!
How many hours should I wear my aligners?
For the best results, wear your aligners 20 to 22 hours a day, taking them out just for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. Every 1-2 weeks you will replace your old aligners for a new set of aligners. Every set of aligners is individually packaged and numbered, this way there will be no confusion about the order of the aligners and which one is for the upper or lower jaw. We write down the swap dates on each bag so no mistakes can be made.
Can I get an aligner treatment just on my upper or lower jaw?
Treatment options are available for just top or bottom teeth, but sometimes you have to wear aligners in your upper and lower jaw to achieve the right occlusion, even when you just want to straighten teeth of one of your jaws. Every aligner treatment starts with a consultation in wich I will evaluate your smile and then map out a precise, customised digital treatment plan that showcases the step-by-step transformation of your smile.
How often do I need to schedule an appointment?
We will schedule regular appointments, usually about once every eight to ten weeks. The goal of these visits is to ensure your treatment is progressing as planned. You will receive enough sets for the intervening weeks. If you have any concerns or questions in between appointments you can always contact our denatl office.
Are elastics being used?
If necessary, elastics can be used in a certain phase of your treatment. Usually just for a short period of time.
Do I need to wear a headgear or twin block appliance?
No you do not, the Invisalign mandibular advancement feature corrects overbites in children and teens while straightening their teeth. precision wings gradually move the lower jaw and improve the bite and the appearance of the chin.
can fix specific misalignments in children and teens
offer the right amount of power to push the jaw forward
results to make you and your child smile
What is the best way to keep my aligners clean?
I'm sure we no longer need to tell you how important good oral hygiene is. It is also important to clean your aligners properly! During the treatment, aligners are part of your mouth, on which plaque with bacteria forms, just like on your teeth. That's why it's important to include the aligners in your daily routine for a healthy mouth.
Use a soft toothbrush and some toothpaste and brush the aligners every time after you brush your teeth. During the day, you can rinse the aligners with water. After you've eaten or drunk something we recommend that you rinse your mouth with water before putting the aligners back in again. This way you avoid leaving food residues between your teeth.
The aligners come with a number of bags of Cleaning Crystals, which you can use for an extra thorough cleaning. Dissolve the bag of crystals in 100 ml of lukewarm water, stir or shake until the crystals have dissolved. Place the aligners in the cleaning solution for 15 minutes, rinse the aligners thoroughly with water before wearing them again.
Can I brush and floss like I am used to?
Yes! Unlike braces, Invisalign clear aligners are removable and virtually invisible. There are no wires and brackets, so you don’t need to change the way you brush and floss. Therefore there is a significant reduced risk at cavities and gum diseases
Can I eat anything during my aligner treatment?
Yes, you can eat anything you like! It is important that you take out your aligners before eating or drinking and rinse your mouth before placing the Invisalign aligners back in.
Can I put the aligners back in after eating or drinking?
It’s important to rinse your mouth after every meal, before placing your aligners back into your mouth. Rinsing your mouth will remove food residue or food dyes.
Can aligners become stained?
Yes. Aligners become stained if not cleaned properly and when kept in your mouth while eating or drinking. That’s why it’s important to rinse your mouth after every meal, before placing your Invisalign aligners back in your mouth and to properly clean your aligners at the same time you brush your theeth.
Where can I put my aligners when eating?
Together with the aligners you will receive a smal container to store your aligners when you are enjoyng your meal or drink. The golden rule is always to put your aligners in the container when you're not wearing them. (it has happened that aligners got lost in a napkin)
Will I need to wear a retainer after my aligner threatment?
We recommend that anyone who has completed orthodontic treatment, whether with braces or aligner treatment, uses a retainer to prevent teeth from gradually shifting back towards their initial position. Every case is different, so we will determine every case individually. We use Vivera® retainers, these retainers were specifically designed fto use after Invisalign treatment. Vivera® retainers are made from a proprietary material 30% stronger than other leading clear retainer materials, which helps you to keep your new smile. Your Vivera® retainers will be virtually invisible, and custom-made from a scan of your teeth, using the same state-of-the-art technology used for Invisalign clear aligners.
How does an aligner stay in its place?
Clear aligners are designed to fit snugly around your teeth. Invisalign treatment may require SmartForce® attachments, small tooth-colored shapes that are attached to your teeth.These shapes serve as handles, giving the aligners something to gently push on in order to move your teeth with the right amount of force. These attachments make complex tooth movements possible without braces. Invisalign clear aligners fit smoothly and tightly around them, so they’re barely noticeable.
Not everyone who uses Invisalign clear aligners will need SmartForce attachments. If you need them, we will attach them to your teeth at the start of or during your treatment and remove them when they are no longer needed.
How do my teeth shift into place?
You will wear each set of aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day, changing to a new set of aligners every 1 to 2 weeks. Each set of aligners will gently and gradually shift your teeth into place, according to your treatment plan, until you reach your beautiful new smile.
Your Invisalign treatment may require SmartForce® attachments, small tooth-colored shapes that are attached to your teeth. These shapes serve as handles, giving the aligners something to gently push on in order to move your teeth with the right amount of force. These attachments make (complex) tooth movements possible without braces. We will attach them to your teeth at the start of or during your treatment and remove them when they are no longer needed.
When is the best moment to replace my set aligners?
If you replace your aligners just before you go to bed, your mouth can get used to your new set of aligners. Beside that, teeth shift the most when you are asleep, and you will experience less possibble discomfort from a new set of aligners while sleeping. Preferably you keep the same weekday to replace your set of aligners.
How many hours a day do I need to wear my aligners?
You need to wear each set of aligners for 22 hours a day.
Can aligners break?
If worn and handled according to the given instruction, aligners can not break. Sometimes someone chews (at night) on the aligners causing them to break. Always contact us if this happens (during office hours) and we will work with you to ensure you stay on-track with your treatment plan. This may involve wearing a previous set of aligners, your next set or ordering replacement aligners.
My aligner broke, what can I do?
Always contact us (during office hours) if this happens and we will work with you to ensure you stay on-track with your treatment plan. This may involve wearing a previous set of aligners, your next set or ordering replacement aligners.
There is a sharp edge on my aligner, what can I do?
Always contact us if this occurs so we can give you the right advise and you will stay on-track with your treatment plan. If you just replaced your set of aligners, wear the previous set untill you have contacted us.
I am going on a trip, can I take my aligners with me?
It is very important to take your aligners and the next set(s) with you on a trip. If you interrupt your treatmentyour teeth will shift back to their old position so the result you have achieved will get lost. You always get several sets of aligners to take home, so you can go on a trip with peace of mind. If you go by plane, be sure you put all your sets of aligners in your handluggage to make sure they won't get lost!
Can aligners fix my overbite?
The mandibular advancement feature is a great way to fix overbites in tweens and teens while straightening their teeth. Precision wings gradually move the lower jaw. designed to improve the bite and appearance of the chin.
can fix class II malocclusions in tweens and teens
offer the right amount of power to push the jaw forward
deliver results you will be smiling about
I have an important meeting, can I leave my aligners out?
Yes, you can leave your aligners out if, for example, you have an important meeting, job intervieuw or wedding. It's another advantage of straightening your teeth with aligners!