Frequently Asked Questions about Invisalign

Q: What are aligners made from and what do they look like?

A: Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible and they are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed from your custom treatment plan. They look similar to teeth-whitening trays.

Q: How does Invisalign straighten teeth?

A: Each progressive aligner makes slight adjustments to tooth position, a process mapped out in advance by your doctor 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 two weeks, you will begin using the next set of aligners to continue the straightening process.  Propel accelerated patients change aligners weekly, however.

Q: How will Invisalign effectively move my teeth?

A: Through the use of the patented thermoplastic design, Invisalign aligners move your teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force. These movements are determined by Dr. Wasson as he maps out your unique Invisalign treatment plan.

Q: What are the primary benefits of Invisalign?

A: 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 also removable. For the best results and a timely outcome, aligners should be worn for 22 hours per day.

Unlike braces, you have the flexibility to remove your aligners to eat, drink, brush, and floss. This promotes better oral hygiene. There are no metal brackets or wires to cause irritation to your mouth. Additionally, since your office visits during treatment don’t involve metal or wire adjustments, you’ll likely spend less time in the dentist chair. Invisalign allows you to view your virtual results and treatment plan before you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete. Instead of imagining how much better it can be, you’ll be able to see it for yourself.

Q: How long will treatment take?

A: The length of treatment depends on the severity of your case and can only be determined by Dr. Wasson. However, the average case takes about 12 months.

Q: How do I get started with Invisalign?

A: Call Brentwood Dental Group to make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Wasson.

Q: How often must I wear my aligners?

A: Aligners are most effective when worn 20 to 22 hours per day and removed only for eating, brushing, and flossing.

Q: How often must I see my Invisalign doctor?

A: Dr. Wasson will schedule regular appointments about once every six to eight weeks. The goal of these visits is to ensure that your aligners are fitting correctly and your treatment is progressing as planned.