How Does Invisalign Orthodontic Treatment Work ?
Many patients long for straighter teeth but dread having to endure months of wearing clunky metal appliances. The Invisalign orthodontic system offers these patients an alternative to traditional braces.
Invisalign straightens patients’ teeth through a series of clear, removable plastic trays. Unlike conventional braces, Invisalign is barely noticeable to the average observer.
Your dentist will schedule a number of appointments to collect clinical data and information about the issues in your smile that need to be corrected. That information is then sent to the laboratory tasked with crafting your Invisalign trays.
Based on principles similar to those of traditional orthodontic treatment, the trays are designed to exert forces on the teeth and reposition them over time.
Each tray directs the forces at different teeth, and patients switch to a new tray every other week or so. Over the course of the 12 to 18 month treatment timeline, the patient’s teeth are moved into a proper alignment.
Although the aligner trays are removable, patients should plan to wear them between 20 and 22 hours each day for optimal results. Patients should only take out the trays to eat and brush their teeth.
In addition to Invisalign’s aesthetic benefits and its streamlined treatment timeline, patients may have to visit the dentist less frequently when they choose Invisalign. By switching out the trays, patients are essentially making most of the adjustments on their own. You’ll only need to schedule appointments every 4-6 weeks so that your dentist can monitor your progress.
Because its trays can be removed, the Invisalign system helps to protect patients’ oral health in addition to straightening their teeth. It is much easier to maintain an oral hygiene routine with Invisalign than it is with conventional braces. Read our article on "Caring for my Invisalign Aligners ?". Furthermore, Invisalign avoids the problem of food particles being trapped in the appliances, giving oral bacteria a plentiful source of fuel.
If you have been considering orthodontic treatment but are wary of conventional methods, consider Invisalign. Contact our experienced Invisalign providers to see if it might be the right choice for you.