How Does Invisalign Work?
Do you want a beautiful, healthy smile without having to wear braces? Invisalign could be the solution…
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that to straightens your teeth with a series of removable aligners. Each aligner is customized to fit your mouth, and are made of clear thermoplastic material. These aligners are very similar to teeth-whitening trays in how they are worn and can be removed at any time.
How it works
Straightening teeth is done through a process of slowly pushing them into proper orientation over a period of several months. Traditional braces accomplish this with fixed brackets and wires while Invisalign relies on a series of several different aligners. Depending on the amount of movement required and the wishes of the patient, treatment time can range from 6 months to two years in length.
The first step is for your orthodontist to take x-rays and impressions or a 3D scan of your teeth. The orthodontist will then send this information along with their detailed treatment plan to Invisalign to fabricate your trays that will move your teeth.
The aligners are made to be slightly different than the current position of your teeth. As you wear each tray, it slowly begins to shift your teeth, which will take approximately two weeks. At the end of that time, patients will switch to the next pair of aligners. These aligners are made to apply pressure to specific teeth at a time, not all at once, making the process gentler. Invisalign must be worn 22 hours a day to ensure ideal tooth movement.
Benefits of Invisalign
The esthetic appearance of Invisalign is typically why Invisalign is so popular. The clear plastic trays are almost invisible once they are in and are very comfortable. For those that are very self-conscious about their teeth, this is a great method for correcting them as it doesn’t warrant any additional attention.
The aligners are removable, giving you access to the types of food that might have been restricted before with braces. This also gives you the ability to brush and floss your teeth as usual, without the use of additional tools or time to clean around fixed appliances.
If you are think Invisalign might be for you, please call our office to schedule your complimentary consultation!