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Expert Orthodontic Treatment in Kansas City & Sedalia, MO

At Kurt Kavanaugh Orthodontics, we believe everyone deserves a healthy, beautiful smile. That's why we're committed to helping our patients achieve a smile they love through high-quality, convenient orthodontic treatment. Dr. Kurt Kavanaugh and our team of highly trained orthodontic specialists treat every patient individually, designing personalized treatment plans that perfectly suit each patient's unique needs and lifestyle. 

If you're considering orthodontic treatment, the Invisalign system is one of the most convenient options available for both teens and adults. To help you better understand Invisalign and make an informed choice on your treatment, we've pulled together some of the most common questions we hear about Invisalign along with their answers. We hope you find this list helpful, and we hope to help you achieve a beautiful new smile soon!

Q. How much will I need to wear my aligners?
A. You'll have to wear your aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours a day, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. 

Q. Do I have to avoid certain foods during treatment?
A. No! Unlike with regular braces, you take your aligners out when you eat – so you can still enjoy all your favorite foods, no matter how hard or sticky they may be! Just be sure to brush your teeth and aligners before putting them back in. 

Q. Will my aligners give me a lisp or affect my speech?
A. As with all forms of orthodontic treatment, you'll likely go through a brief adjustment period where your speech will sound slightly different. This effect will fade quickly, though, and the more you talk with the aligners in, the faster you'll get back to normal. 

Q. Does Invisalign cause any discomfort?
A. Most patients experience a slight sense of pressure or discomfort when they first switch to a new pair of aligners, but this fades within a day or two. This is a sign that your teeth are moving into their next position. Side from this slight pressure, Invisalign is virtually painless.

Q. Can I chew gum with Invisalign?
A. Gum can stick to your aligners, so you'll have to remove them in order to chew it. 

Q. Can I smoke with Invisalign?
A. Smoking can discolor your aligners, so you'll need to take them out before you smoke. We'd recommend quitting altogether, though, and we're happy to connect you with resources to help. 

Q. How do I clean my aligners?
A. You can clean your aligners by simply brushing them with toothpaste, just as you would your teeth.

Q. How often will I need to come to the office for visits during treatment? 
A. The frequency of your visits will depend on your unique treatment situation, but most patients will come in for an appointment every five or six weeks. 

Q. What happens once I'm finished with treatment? Will I need to wear a retainer?
A. As with all orthodontic treatments, you'll need to wear a retainer after treatment to ensure your teeth stay in their new positions. You're in luck, though – as an Invisalign patient, you can just use your last pair of aligners as a retainer!

Q. How long will treatment take?
A. Treatment time varies greatly from patient to patient, but most Invisalign patients have a 6 to 18 month treatment course. 

Q. Can kids get Invisalign?
A. Sure! So long as all their teeth – including the second molars – have finished growing in, anyone is eligible for Invisalign.

Contact Your Sedalia & Kansas City Invisalign Provider

We hope you've found this page helpful, but if you still have more questions about Invisalign or any other treatment we offer, we would be happy to help. Feel free to call us at 816-420-8100 for our Kansas City office or 660-829-2900 for our Sedalia office with any questions, reach out to us at our contact page, or use our easy online form to schedule an appointment at either of our offices. We've helped countless patients throughout the greater Kansas City area achieve a healthy, beautiful new smile, and we'd be thrilled to do the same for you. We hope to hear from you soon!