Invisalign® Frequently Asked Questions
What are aligners made out of, and what do they look like?
The virtually invisible aligners, 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, to move your teeth in sequence determined by Dr. Valle. ssd
How do the aligners straighten teeth?
Over the course of treatment, you will be supplied with a series of aligners. Each will make slight adjustments to tooth position, a process that is mapped out in advance specifically for you. When the aligners are placed on your teeth, they cause them to shift gradually from their current position. After approximately two weeks, you will begin to use the next set of aligners, which will continue the teeth-straightening process.
How long will treatment take?
The length of treatment depends on your case; however, the average case takes about 12 months for adults. The length of time necessary for teen patients 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.
If you are interested in starting Invisalign treatments, call the office for a no-charge consultation with Dr. Valle.