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Do you have any questions about Invisalign® clear aligners? Our orthodontist and team have written up some answers to some commonly asked questions! If you would like to learn more about Invisalign clear aligners in Post Falls, Idaho, please call 208-618-5111 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brent Rickheim at Peach Orthodontics!

How Do Invisalign Clear Aligners Work?
You will receive multiple sets of Invisalign clear aligners, each a little different from each other. You will wear the first set, which will gently guide your teeth into new positions. After about two weeks, you will switch to a new set of aligners, which will move your teeth again. You will continue this process until you reach the final set of aligners! After the final set, your teeth will be in their new straight alignment!

How Are Invisalign Clear Aligners Different From Traditional Braces?
Traditional braces consist of brackets and wires that must be tightened and maintained regularly. They are very noticeable and not always comfortable. Invisalign clear aligners involve no metal in your mouth and are made of clear plastic, so they are virtually invisible! Your smile can appear completely natural to others.

How Often Should I Wear the Aligners?
The more often you wear your aligners, the faster your teeth will align. You should only remove your aligners to eat or brush and floss your teeth. Otherwise, you should wear them as much as you can, even while you sleep. We recommend at least 22 hours a day. However, you can remove the aligners for a big night out if you would like!

What Can I Eat With Invisalign Clear Aligners?
You can still eat all of your favorite foods with Invisalign aligners! There are no limitations like there are with traditional braces. All you have to do is remove the aligners while you eat.

Will My Speech Be Affected by the Aligners?
You are used to speaking a certain way around your teeth currently, so the aligners may cause you to speak a little differently at first. Once you adjust to the aligners, you will find new ways to speak around them so that you can speak naturally and clearly again. It usually takes a couple days for any lisps or speech problems caused the aligners to go away.