What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic procedure designed to straighten teeth using a series of transparent plastic trays or aligners, rather than traditional braces. Many adults and teenagers who want to straighten their teeth without the use of traditional metal-and-wire braces look to Invisalign as an alternative. Users can remove their Invisalign trays when they eat, brush their teeth, and floss their teeth. However, they are most effective when they are worn for 20 to 22 hours each day.
Invisalign aligners should be simple to apply, comfortable to wear for the most part, and almost undetectable to others when worn. Invisalign clear aligners may be used to close gaps between your teeth, reduce crowding, and realign your teeth.
Invisalign may also help with issues concerning overbites & underbites, and even open bites (when the upper and lower teeth don't meet, which can cause trouble when chewing).
How does Invisalign Work?
Think of your Invisalign aligners as a traditional teeth whitening tray and you'll be on your way to knowing what your aligners will look like.
Starting with a dental imprint of your mouth, Invisalign lab technicians will produce a series of custom aligners that are specifically designed for you in order to encourage your teeth to move into their new positions.
It is expected that you will change aligners about once every two weeks until the desired outcome is reached.
Invisalign aligners apply pressure to misaligned teeth, gradually pushing them into proper alignment over time. Over the course of three to eighteen months (on average), users usually wear their aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day.
Although not all Invisalign patients will require attachments (small handle-like attachments to the teeth that help the aligners exert proper force on problem areas) an orthodontist might determine that they are essential in some cases.
Why Invisalign Works
Invisalign works primarily because your aligners will provide regular, mild pressure and force to your teeth into their proper positions over time. As opposed to straightening all of your teeth at once, each phase of your Invisalign treatment concentrates on only a few of your teeth at a time.
By switching out your aligners every two weeks, it is possible that each of your teeth receives the appropriate amount of pressure for the exact period of time.
With gentle movement and guidance, your teeth should move into their new positions and leave you with a straighter smile as the result of the process.