Invisalign® for Adults
What Is Invisalign® and How Does It Work?
What are aligners made of, and what do they look like?
Invisalign is a set of virtually invisible aligners, which are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for the Invisalign treatment plan. A series of Invisalign aligners are custom-made for you, to move your teeth in the sequence determined by Dr. Stoess-Allen.
How do the aligners straighten teeth?
Over the course of treatment, you will be supplied with a series of aligners. Each aligner will make slight adjustments to tooth position, a process that is mapped out in advance by Dr. Stoess-Allen specifically for your situation. When the aligners are placed on the teeth, they cause the teeth to gradually shift from their current position. After approximately 10 days to two weeks, you will begin using the next set of aligners, which will continue the teeth straightening process.
How will Invisalign effectively move my teeth?
Through the use of their patented thermoplastic design, Invisalign aligners move your teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force. The main difference is that Invisalign not only controls the force, but also the timing of the force application. During each stage, only certain teeth are allowed to move. These movements are determined and directed by Dr. Stoess-Allen based on your unique Invisalign treatment plan.
What are the primary benefits of Invisalign?
Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible. No one may even notice that you’re wearing them, making Invisalign a seamless fit with your lifestyle. Invisalign aligners are removable. For the best results and a timely outcome, aligners should be worn for 20 to 22 hours per day. However, unlike with braces, you have the flexibility to remove your aligners to eat and drink what you want during treatment. And you can also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would, for fresh breath and good oral hygiene. There are no metal brackets or wires that could cause irritation to your mouth, an advantage over traditional braces. Invisalign also allows you to view your virtual results and treatment plan before you start so you can see how your straightened teeth might look when your treatment is complete. Instead of imagining how much better it can be, you’ll be able to see it for yourself!
What Is the Treatment Process?
How long will treatment take?
The length of treatment depends on the severity of your case and can only be determined after your first consultation; however, the average case takes about 12-18 months for adults. The length of time necessary for a teen patient may vary depending on which permanent teeth are present and when the remaining permanent teeth will erupt and can be determined by Dr. Stoess-Allen after an examination.
How do I get started with Invisalign?
Once you are ready to make an appointment just call our office and we will be happy to schedule you a first appointment and will explain the entire process at that time.
How often must I wear my aligners?
We find that aligners are most effective when worn 20 to 22 hours per day and removed only for eating, brushing and flossing.