Invisalign FAQ’s


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At Doleski & Wolford Orthodontics, we’re in the business of creating beautiful smiles! Our practice understands that each patient we serve has his or her own orthodontic needs and unique personality. That’s why we offer several types of orthodontic appliances like modern metal braces, clear braces, and the very popular Invisalign System. Whether you’re looking for an Erie, PA orthodontist for your child or are ready to improve your own smile, you can be sure that we can meet all your family’s orthodontic needs very conveniently in one of our three orthodontic offices in Erie, Lawrence Park, and Corry, PA. 

Our Orthodontists Answer Your Invisalign Questions

For those of you who are interested in Invisalign, you may have some questions about this treatment method that uses a series of clear, removable aligners to bring teeth into proper alignment. As certified Invisalign providers, our orthodontists can answer any questions you have! Below are a few of the most frequently asked questions about this treatment method along with the answers to help you decide if Invisalign is right for you.

How often must I wear my aligners? 

In order for Invisalign to work as it’s designed, you need to wear the aligners for up to 22 hours each day. You should only remove them when eating and drinking, and when brushing and flossing.

Do I have to watch what I eat if I’m wearing Invisalign?

No. There are no food restrictions to adhere to when you’re wearing removable aligners as you simply take the aligners out when eating. For the entire time you’re being treated with Invisalign, you’re free to enjoy all your favorite foods.

Will my speech be affected by having the aligners in?

Your speech may be affected early on but after a short adjustment period, your speech will return to normal as you get used to having the aligners in.

Is it uncomfortable to wear Invisalign?

You can expect to feel some minor pressure when wearing Invisalign, just as you would if you were wearing regular braces. This pressure is an indicator that the aligners are moving your teeth just as they should be.

How long does treatment take with Invisalign?

Treatment time varies from one patient to the next, depending upon each patient’s orthodontic needs. However, most patients complete treatment within 6 to 18 months.

Contact Your Erie, PA Orthodontist Today

If you have any questions about Invisalign that are not covered here, feel free to contact us at our Erie, Lawrence Park, or Corry office, as we’re always more than happy to answer your questions! If you’re ready to find out if you can be treated with Invisalign, request your first appointment today. We look forward to meeting you soon and welcoming you to the Doleski & Wolford Orthodontics family where we give our patients lots of great reasons to smile!