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How Does Invisalign Work? The Science Behind Invisalign

More than one-third of American adults feel dissatisfied with their smile. Of this percentage, 36 percent attribute a less than stellar social life to the current state of their teeth. Can you relate?

If so, we’ve got great news for you. There’s never been a better time to improve your dental appearance. What’s more, you have more options than ever before. 

If you assume your only option remains expensive and uncomfortable metal braces then think again. Invisalign gives you new and better options for tooth alignment correction. 

But how does Invisalign work, and is it right for you? Read on for the lowdown on this amazing dental therapy. 

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign uses a series of trays, called aligners, custom-crafted from a model of your teeth to shift your smile over time. Each tray moves your teeth approximately 0.25 mm.

During the Invisalign process, you receive one new tray every two weeks. Put the delivered tray in your mouth and rest assured that your teeth are being guided into a more attractive smile. 

More About Invisalign Aligners

But what do the trays look like?

Invisalign aligners appear clear. What’s more, they fit your teeth snugly, rendering the aligners barely visible.

Made from a BPA-free plastic that’s smooth and non-irritating, the aligners are comfortable for constant wear. 

As a result, there’s no better option for teens and adults who’d like to improve their appearance. And these improvements come without the discomfort and unwanted appearance of metal braces. 

The Invisalign Treatment Process

Before you receive your first aligners, you’ll need to consult with an experienced Invisalign provider. They’ll guide you through completion of Invisalign’s Smile Assessment, which determines whether you’re a good candidate.

Remember that Invisalign providers have special training and years of experience. They participate in ongoing clinical trials and attend specialized instructional sessions. 

Make sure you find a provider with this specific education and experience. By no means do all dentists or orthodontics come trained in this system. 

Once a provider has determined your eligibility for Invisalign, they’ll perform a digital scan of your teeth using precise 3D imaging. They’ll use these images to map out your unique treatment plan and make your aligners. 

Because only a few teeth get moved during each stage of your treatment, your Invisalign provider can control the force used to straighten your teeth as well as when they get straightened.

The aligners rely on a patented thermoplastic design to achieve the desired effect.

Which Problems Can Invisalign Fix?

Invisalign can correct a wide variety of dental issues. These include:

Treatment for the average adult takes about 12 months, and it varies more for teens. Of course, your personalized timeline will depend on the severity of your current misalignment.

Your doctor can give you a more specific timeline once they craft your customized plan. 

You Owe It to Yourself

Do you feel dissatisfied with your smile? Do you feel that it negatively impacts your social life or leaves you with a less than professional appearance at work? If so, you’re not alone. 

If you’ve ever wondered, “how does Invisalign work?” you owe it to yourself to make an appointment with an experienced provider. They can help you better understand the process as well as develop a custom-tailored treatment plan. 

Contact us today to learn more about how we can give you the smile of your dreams. 




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