FAQs about invisible aligners answered


When you are an adult who is looking to straighten your teeth in their later years, or even if you are in your mid to late teens, you will undoubtedly be looking for a way to do so that draws as little attention to your teeth and smile as possible.

Luckily, you can get the straighter smile that you want without the visual impact that a fitted metal brace can have and, provided that you have a mild to moderate misalignment that is located at the front of your mouth, you may be suitable to use Invisalign Ryde.

This is an invisible aligner which is custom fitted to your mouth using a set of 3D printers and an intraoral scan. Once placed in your mouth, you will need to usually change the aligners every 2 weeks until the treatment is complete. There is even a downloadable app which you can use to stay in contact with your dentist, which will ensure that the treatment is working as planned.

Of course, you will probably have questions about this procedure and in this article, 5 of the most commonly asked questions relating to invisible aligners will be answered.

How long do they take to work?

There are many things which will determine how long it will take for your invisible aligners to work. One of the first things is the severity of the misalignment being treated. For most people who have a mild to moderate case of dental misalignment, the process takes between 3 to 6 months. However, if yours is a bit more complicated, you can expect it to take up to 9 months.

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Can anyone wear them?

Many people are surprised to learn that their misalignment can indeed be corrected using invisible aligners, but unfortunately not everyone is suitable for them. If you have a complex dental misalignment which involves your molar teeth, requires one of your teeth near the front to be rotated or if there are other complications, then you may not be suitable for invisible aligners. At present, there is no invisible aligner designed to be worn by children, but there are teen-based aligners and of course, adult ones.

Do they rub against the inner cheeks?

When you first begin wearing clear aligners, they may rub against your inner cheeks and even your tongue. Because they have been 3D printed, it is also likely that they will have some sharper edges and rather than filing them down (which can cause damage), you can ask your dentist for some dental wax to place onto these areas which will reduce the rubbing and provide a barrier.

How long should they be worn for each day?

Invisible aligners are removable and so it is possible for you to take them out as and when you choose. But for them to work efficiently, they will need to be worn for around 22 hours per day, or as directed by your dentist or orthodontist.

Are they expensive?

Generally speaking, no, invisible aligners are not expensive, especially when compared to fitted metal braces worn by adults. This is because they are worn for shorter periods, they are less expensive to create and they do not require adjusting or tightening in the same way that traditional braces do, thus minimising dental visits and overall cost.


Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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