Invisalign, also known as clear aligners, is an orthodontic treatment that helps to have a more beautiful smile. It is used for treating patients with mild to moderate misalignment of teeth. Patients having crossbite, underbite and overbite can also use Invisalign. The teeth are aligned by wearing a clear plastic aligner for 20 hours a day.

Recently Answered Questions Recently Answered Questions

All the answers published in this website are written by verified medical doctors, therapists and health experts. The Content has been moderated by iCliniq medical review team before publication. Post your medical clarifications on iCliniq by choosing the right specialty and get them answered. Your medical queries will be answered 24/7 by top doctors from iCliniq.

I started using Invisalign recently. How long does it take for the tooth pain and throbbing discomfort to settle?

Query: Hello doctor,I started Invisalign a few months ago for an open bite. I was told to get all of my cavities filled and wisdom teeth pulled before the treatment. Everything was fine till tray eight. I got all 10 cavities and the remaining wisdom tooth pulled out. I woke up one morning and the entire up...  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is always advised to get all the fillings and wisdom teeth extraction (depending on the positions) done before we go ahead with the Invisalign treatment. When a cavity is removed and filling is done, exact topography is not restored by the dentist. It will vary fr...  Read Full »

I underwent a CBCT, as I am planning to undergo orthodontic treatment with Invisalign aligners. What does the radiolucency in my CBCT suggest?

Query: Hello doctor, As I am planning to undergo orthodontic treatment with invisalign aligners for which my dentist advised me to take cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT). I do not understand what they meant by radiolucency. So, it would be great if you can simply explain the term radiolucency. I will be...  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Congratulations on your decision to go ahead with invisalign. The report says radiolucency around the tooth root of 36. There is a white cap seen on the third tooth from the left in the lower region, which suggests tooth number 36 has previously undergone root canal ...  Read Full »

I have a protruding tooth in my upper jaw, but I cannot get braces because of supernumerary teeth in my lower jaw. Can I go for aligners?

Query: Hi doctor, I have supernumerary teeth in my lower jaw and unless I get them removed, I will not be able to get braces. However, one tooth in my upper row is protruding and it makes me feel insecure; it also causes me to breathe through my mouth. I want to get Invisalign aligners for my top row first...  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query and understand your concern. As per the x-ray attached (attachment removed to protect the patient’s identity), you might have a condition known as lower third premolar. In normal situations, every human is supposed to have two premolars on both...  Read Full »

Can my single crooked tooth be corrected, though I have a resin smile design?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a crooked tooth. Is it possible to correct a single crooked tooth? What are the options available to correct a single tooth? A resin smile design was done previously, so how can it be fixed without having to remove the design? Kindly give your suggestions.  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Yes, a single crooked tooth can be corrected, and the best option available for correcting a single crooked tooth is Invisalign. A digital scan of the teeth is performed, and some photographs and a radiograph are taken to check the bone con...  Read Full »

My previous orthodontic treatment caused my lower jaw to be pushed too far. Is it possible to realign it with the help of braces or Invisalign?

Query: Hello doctor, I had braces as a child, which has resulted in perfectly straight teeth with no overbite, yet I think it has pushed my jaw too far. Is this something that can be fixed with orthodontic work? Is it possible to gradually move my jaw back to its original location while not creating an und...  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Sorry to hear about the sleep apnea issues. How frequently do you experience sleep apnea issues, and how long do they sustain in the episode? Yes, the lower jaw (mandible) can be brought forward as one of the optio...  Read Full »

I have been given a nighttime retainer after over a year of Invisalign treatment. My teeth hurt when I wear them at night. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been wearing Invisalign for a little over a year and a half. I have always had a big gap, and I made it clear I want to keep my gap but make it smaller. Since ending treatment, I have been given a night retainer. However, during the day, my teeth shift and putting the retainer back...  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Hope you are doing well. I thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. In orthodontic therapy, there are two phases, first is the active phase, wherein all the tooth movements are done, and alignment is achieved based on case requirements. Second is ret...  Read Full »

I have been wearing my clear aligner elastics for more than 14 hours a day. Can that over-correct my bite?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a deep bite and spaced teeth. I started clear aligner treatment four days ago. I was instructed to wear the retainers full time except during eating and to wear the elastic bands for 14 hours daily. My expected treatment time is two years. I have been wearing the elastic bands f...  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. Clear aligners are expected to be worn around 22 hours a day for a ten-day protocol initially. However, the protocol may be altered depending on how your teeth respond to aligner forces and how snugly fit or loose...  Read Full »

Can Invisalign be used for the upper teeth alone instead of for the upper and lower teeth?

Query: Hi doctor, I got a question about Invisalign, and it is cheaper to get Invisalign for the top teeth. I doubt if Invisalign can be used for the upper teeth alone instead of for the upper and lower teeth.  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Hope you are doing well. Yes, Invisalign only for a single arch is cheaper than both arches. It depends on your malocclusion, the reason for undergoing the treatment, the actual and optimal treatment plan, and your requirement. Once you receive the three-dimensional fa...  Read Full »

I feel my bite is off after removing my retainers, and my upper front incisors are not completely straight. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 18 and have recently completed Invisalign in person with a trained orthodontist and have been wearing my retainer for just under a week. I have two problems which are concerning me: 1) They are fine to wear for long periods of time, but when I remove them, my bite feels off. I ca...  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I hope you are doing well. Before I answer your queries, I would like to know a few things. 1) When was the scan for retainers done? During the last aligner set or after the last set protocol was over? 2) Did you keep wearing the last aligners till your retainers were ...  Read Full »

ask-doctor-img Ask a Doctor Online

* Your first query consult is free!

Search for a Health Issue

Disclaimer: No content published on this website is intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website. Read our Editorial Process to know how we create content for health articles and queries.