Invisalign Questions and Answers


Q) Is Invisalign more expensive than braces?

A) It can vary depending on patients’ particular needs, but Invisalign typically cost the same as braces.


Q) How does Invisalign work?

A) We begin the process by examining and digitally scanning your teeth. Then, with input from Invisalign, we develop a treatment plan to create the perfect smile for you. The Invisalign system uses a series of custom-made clear aligners to move your teeth into their optimal position. Click here for a more detail description of the process.


Q) Do I have to wear them all the time while I’m in treatment?

A) Expect to wear your aligners 20-22 hours each day. You may easily remove them while eating, and while cleaning your teeth.


Q) Do the trays make eating difficult?

A) You remove your aligners before mealtime, so eating is a breeze.


Q) How do I clean my aligners?

A) Clean your aligners daily to prevent a buildup of harmful bacteria. Invisalign sells a cleaning kit, but you can make an effective cleaning solution using readily available ingredients:

Mix the following ingredients a mason jar:

  • 1/2 cup of cool water
  • 2 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 drops of peppermint oil for freshness (optional)

Shake well, then soak aligners in solution for 15 minutes.


Q) Does Invisalign take longer than braces?

A) Invisalign treatments are more efficient today than ever before, and it often is faster than treatment with braces. Also, Segal and Iyer offers accelerated treatments that can reduce your treatment time by up to 50%.


Q) Can anyone have Invisalign?

A) There are some cases for which it is not an option. However, because of our extensive Invisalign experience and unique orthodontic approach, we’re able to offer Invisalign to patients who had previously been told they were not candidates for Invisalign.