What Is Invisalign and How Does It Work

May 11, 2022, Orthodontic Specialists of Tucson

What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a system of clear, removable aligners that are custom-made to fit over the patient's teeth. There are no brackets or wires; and they are removable, so the patient can take them out to eat, brush, and floss.

Some patients may find that braces are uncomfortable and can make them feel self-conscious about their appearance. Invisalign offers a new alternative to braces. These aligners are designed to be easy to use, comfortable, and provide fast results.

Here are some orthodontic problems that Invisalign can correct:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Overcrowded teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Over-bite
  • Cross-bite
  • Under-bite

How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign treatment starts with an initial consultation with an orthodontist. If you are eligible for Invisalign, the orthodontist will use special technology to create a 3D image of your mouth. This 3D image is then sent to the lab to produce clear aligners that create a snug fit over your teeth.

Clear aligners work by applying gentle but consistent force to the teeth. Depending on the complexity of your dental problem, you may also require certain attachments to wear underneath the aligners.

Patient must wear their Invisalign clear aligners for at least 22 hours per day. You can take them out to eat, brush, and floss, but it is important to put them back in after you're done.

Every 2 weeks, patients remove their aligner and "graduate" to the next tray in the series. After your treatment is completed, you will need to wear a retainer to prevent your teeth from shifting back to their previous positions.

Is Invisalign Right For You?

Only an experienced orthodontist can tell you whether Invisalign is a good fit for your needs. For more information, schedule a free smile assessment at Wilde Orthodontics today!


 

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