Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Why should patients come to Dr. Stoess-Allen to be treated with Invisalign?
Dr. Stoess-Allen has been treating adult and teen patients using Invisalign for many years. She has been an Elite provider with Invisalign for the past several years which means that she treats a minimum of 100 patients each year. Dr. Stoess-Allen actually treats approximately 160 patients per year and uses all of the most advanced technology in the world using the Invisalign product. She uses the technology to customize her treatment plans according to the individual needs of each and every patient, which makes her stand amongst the top Invisalign Providers and allows her to achieve excellent finished cases for her patients.
Dr. Stoess-Allen has been a speaker for Invisalign for the past few years and was included in the limited number of doctors to speak at the international Invisalign Summit in 2016. She currently speaks at local study clubs for Invisalign. And in the past, Dr. Stoess-Allen was on faculty at NYU dental school and was involved in teaching the second year dental students the uses of Invisalign as part of their Esthetic Dentistry course.
Dr. Stoess-Allen’s treatment outcomes using Invisalign and Invisalign Teen speak for themselves in their excellence as she uses only non-extraction and non-surgical approaches to treatment.
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. Invisalign® 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.
Will Invisalign® treatment be painful?
While Invisalign® moves your teeth without the pain and anxiety metal braces can cause, some people experience temporary discomfort for a few days at the beginning of each new stage of treatment. This is normal and is typically described as a feeling of pressure. It’s also a sign that Invisalign® is working, as it moves your teeth to their final destination. This discomfort typically goes away in a couple of days.
How long will treatment take?
The length of treatment depends on the severity of your case and can only be determined after your assessment; however, the average case takes about 12-18 months for adults. The length of time necessary for a teen patient may vary and can be determined by your doctor.
Can I just wear the aligners while I sleep?
No. The aligners must be in place a minimum of 20 to 22 hours a day for the treatment to be effective.
Will wearing Invisalign® aligners affect my speech?
Similar to other orthodontic treatments, Invisalign® aligners may temporarily affect the speech of some people, and you may have a slight lisp for a day or two. However, as your tongue gets used to having aligners in your mouth, any lisp caused by the aligners should disappear.
Are there restrictions as to what I can eat while in treatment?
No. Thanks to the removable nature of the aligners, you can eat and drink whatever you want while in treatment. In fact, you’re required to remove your aligners to eat and drink. So, unlike when undergoing traditional treatment using wires and brackets, there is no need to restrict your consumption of any of your favorite foods and snacks unless you are instructed otherwise by Dr. Stoess-Allen. Also, it is important that you brush your teeth after each meal and prior to reinserting your aligners to maintain fresh breath and proper hygiene.
Will smoking stain the aligners?
We discourage smoking while wearing aligners because it is possible for the aligners to become discolored and it is a risk to your health!
Can I drink alcohol with the aligners in?
Because of the high sugar content in alcohol, a moderate amount would be fine to consume, as long as care is taken to clean the teeth and the aligners soon after so as not to trap sugar between them. The same applies for any sugary beverage.
Can I chew gum while wearing aligners?
No, gum will stick to the aligners. We recommend removing your aligners for all meals and snacks.
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.
Can the aligners slip off while I’m asleep?
It is very unlikely that your aligners would ever fall out, no matter what you were doing at the time: sleeping, talking, laughing, etc. The aligners are designed to fit firmly on the teeth, so this should not be a cause for concern.