Invisalign FAQs answered by Kooringal Dental

Curious about the ever-popular invisible aligner and what it can do for you?

Our team at Kooringal Dental have the experience and the training to assist you in straightening your teeth using Invisalign Wagga, so if you are curious about any aspect of this treatment, call us today!

Here, we answer common questions that we receive about Invisalign Wagga. So, read on to learn more!

Are invisible aligners uncomfortable?

The great debate about whether Invisalign Wagga is comfortable or not!

In general, most patients consider the aligners comfortable to wear in their daily life; they slot over the teeth and are custom-fitted. They are also thin enough to have minimal impact on speech and the movement of the tongue.

But it is important to remember that they are designed with one goal; to move your teeth! Therefore, they have to be strong and tight in order to do so, which can cause discomfort. This may be particularly apparent when you have switched between aligners, which you will likely need to do every 14 days.

If you have concerns that your aligners are causing excessive discomfort, however, you should call our team for an assessment.

What are chewies?

Ensuring that your aligners fit and are placed correctly is crucial to them working properly. And so, many patients have also invested in chewies when wearing their aligners.

These are small foam-based chews that are reusable and are designed to help you place the aligners correctly; you will need to chew on them when putting new aligners in to ensure that the aligner slots over the teeth properly, and that there are no air bubbles between the aligner and your teeth.

They can be particularly useful if you have a more complex case of misalignment.

What should I do if the aligners are loose?

If your aligners feel loose throughout the period of wear, you will need to book an appointment with our team to have them checked.

Correct fitting, also known as tracking, is vital for the aligners to work correctly and many patients when they are wearing aligners for the first time are surprised at how tight they are, especially when they are changing from an old aligner to a new one.

It is normal for aligners to become loose over the course of the 2 week period that you wear them for; this shows the teeth are moving correctly, so this should not be a cause for concern.

Do I need to drink with a straw while wearing the aligners?

In a word, no.

When you are wearing your aligners, it is advised that you remove them when you are drinking anything besides cold water. This is to prevent warping that can occur with hot drinks or staining which may occur with drinks that are high in tannins. And of course, before you put the aligners back in, you should give your teeth a quick brush to prevent bacteria from being pressed against your teeth by them.

There is nothing to stop you from drinking with a straw when you have your aligners in if you so wish to, but it is not a requirement.

Will I need an extraction to use aligners?

You may need to have a tooth or teeth extracted if you are using clear aligners, especially if you have overcrowded teeth. But this varies on the severity and a case by case basis, so it is not a general requirement.


All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.


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