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Invisalign FAQ: A Beginner’s Guide

woman smiling and holding up a clear aligner

If you’re curious about Invisalign clear aligners, you’re probably spending time Googling “Invisalign FAQs,” trying to figure out what exactly happens during the treatment.

Well, we have the answers here.

In this blog, we’ll give you the beginner’s guide to Invisalign, so you know exactly how to prepare, steps to take during your treatment, and more!

Does Invisalign work like braces?

Yes, Invisalign straightens teeth and is an effective alternative to traditional braces.

It uses a series of custom-made aligner trays to exert gentle pressure to move teeth into their desired positions comfortably.


The most significant difference between Invisalign and braces (besides the blatantly obvious metal wires and brackets with braces) is that Invisalign clear aligners are removable!

You can remove your clear aligners for up to four hours a day so you can enjoy your favorite food and maintain proper oral hygiene.


Both teens and adults use Invisalign to treat:

  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Open bites
  • Crowded teeth
  • Teeth with gaps

Invisalign is very effective for almost all orthodontic conditions.

Is Invisalign faster than braces?

Invisalign treatment can be up to three times faster than traditional braces.

Treatment time does vary based on your smile goals and needs.

The process is typically completed anywhere between 12 to 18 months.

Many patients report seeing straighter teeth in as little as a week after receiving their custom-fitted aligners!

You don’t have to wait to get that straight smile you want.

How do I clean my aligners?

To keep your aligners clean and free of bacteria, you should brush and floss your teeth after every meal before putting your aligners back on.

Washing them daily with mild soap and lukewarm or cold water is essential to prevent bacteria from forming!

Avoid hot water because it can damage your aligners.

Does Invisalign hurt?

Compared to braces, Invisalign treatment hurts less.

With any treatment that involves moving your teeth, temporary tenderness and discomfort may happen initially.

You’ll be happy to know that most patients report the tenderness going away 1-3 days after receiving new aligners.

With the modern technology Invisalign uses, it’s specifically designed to keep you comfortable!

How long do I have to keep my aligners in every day?

Compliance, compliance, compliance!

Invisalign treatment works best when you follow your dentist’s instructions.

In general, you should be wearing your aligners for at least 20 hours a day.

Keep in mind:

It’s not like braces where you can never take them off (unless you accidentally bite into a hard or sticky food and break a bracket)!

In addition, you should make sure to switch to new aligners on time as well as coming to your scheduled check-ups!

You play an essential role on this journey to straight teeth. See one of our patient’s before and after photos here!

Do I need to wear a retainer after my treatment is done?


A retainer keeps your teeth from shifting back to their old position.

Don’t lose months of hard work by forgetting to wear your retainers!

The good news?

You’ll likely only have to wear your retainers at night while you sleep!

How much does Invisalign cost?

Invisalign treatment costs are comparable to braces.

It may also be covered by insurance!

Every patient has different needs depending on their smile goals. You should schedule a consultation with your dental provider for a personalized treatment plan and financial options.

Where can I get Invisalign near me?

If you’re located in Franklin, MA, Mint Dental of Franklin can get you started with Invisalign treatment.

Dr. Olga Krikunenko is a highly-trained Invisalign provider with years of experience.

Schedule your FREE Invisalign consultation now!


Everyone deserves a healthy and beautiful smile. We welcome patients from all over, including Medway, Wrentham, Norfolk, and Franklin, MA.