What is It?
The virtually invisible aligners, which are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for the Invisalign treatment plan, look similar to teeth-whitening trays. A series of Invisalign aligners are custom-made for you.
Why Would I Want It?
More than 2 million patients worldwide have been treated with Invisalign. The number of Invisalign smiles grows daily.
Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible. No one may even notice that you’re wearing them. Invisalign aligners are removable. For the best result, 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. Plus, since your office visits during treatment don’t involve metal or wire adjustments, you’ll likely spend less time in the doctor’s chair.
How Long Will Treatment Take?
The length of treatment depends on the severity of your case and can only be determined after a consultation visit; however, the average case takes about 12-15 months for adults. The length of time necessary for a teen patient may vary.
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.
How Often Must I Come In for an Office Visit?
We will schedule regular appointments usually about once every four to six weeks. The goal of these visits is to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.
What are “attachments” and Why Would I Need Them for My Invisalign Treatment?
Depending on your specific treatment, some of the movements may require either “attachments” or “ridges” to help the aligner grip the teeth. These bumps, or wells, are where the aligner grips the attachment the we place on your teeth. The attachments are actually small pieces of enamel-colored composite that affixes to your teeth that are then gripped by bumps on your aligners. The ridges are slim indentations in your aligners. We will use one or both of these features to attempt to achieve the desired tooth movement.