When you’re considering getting Invisalign® to help perfect your smile, you may have lots of questions. Many of our patients do, but are sometimes nervous toask. We’re here to let you know not to be afraid to speak up and ask any questions you may have about Invisalign or other orthodontic treatment!

At East Ridge Dental, we specialize in cosmetic dentistry and orthodontic treatment, and we’ve assembled the following common questions we receive from our patients in Sioux Falls, SD to help you understand what Invisalign® means to you! Give us a call with any of your questions.


1. How Often Do I Change My Invisalign Trays?

Your orthodontic treatment partner – at East Ridge Dental this is Dr. Ryon Reckling and Dr. Seaborn – will set up a treatment plan for you which involves changing your trays out for a completely new set every two weeks or so.

Every day, you should wear your Invisalign® trays for 20-22 hours, taking them out only to eat and brush your teeth.


2. What Do They Feel Like?

You will likely experience some discomfort at first, as your teeth begin to shift. But any discomfort is quite a bit less than with traditional braces, as Invisalign® was created to make the process of moving your teeth more subtle and less noticeable.

You’ll notice the trays less and less each day as your mouth and tongue become accustomed to them.


3. Will Other People Notice Them?

Generally, when something is in your mouth your brain will make you think it’s larger than it really is. The same is true for Invisalign®, as you’ll think there’s no way someone could miss the plastic trays on your teeth.

But in reality, almost no one will be able to tell since the Invisalign® trays are nearly perfectly clear. This is in stark contrast to traditional, metal braces which stand out quite a bit.


4. Will Invisalign Affect How I Talk?

Most people notice a slight lisp for a short period of time at the beginning, as your tongue and lips get used to working around the thin layer of plastic which makes up the Invisalign® trays. Once you get used to it though, your mouth adjusts and you shouldn’t have any problems speaking in most cases.


5. How Do I Eat & Drink With Them?

You will need to remove your Invisalign® trays to be able to eat. Once you get in the habit, taking them out and putting them back in will be second nature. If a toothbrush isn’t available, many people rinse their mouth with water after eating and before replacing the trays.

As far as drinking, we recommend only drinking water while wearing your trays. Drinking cola, coffee or other beverages while wearing your trays will promote tooth decay and staining of the trays and your smile. It’s important to maintain a strict brushing and flossing regimen and clean your trays daily to prevent this.

We’re happy to answer any of your questions about Invisalign® and other orthodontic treatment, so give us a call anytime!