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10/16/2017 10:08:00 AM | Russell Cureton DDS

Invisalign has helped many people to have a straighter smile and feel more confident about themselves. That is a powerful thing to offer someone and many people are lining up to get straighter teeth. However, many people feel concerned because they don’t know what the process entails. In this article, you will learn about how Invisalign works.

What is Invisalign


Working in the same manner as braces, Invisalign is designed to be nearly invisible. Essentially, Invisalign uses molds, also called aligners, to realign your teeth to the shape you want. The aligners are custom made specifically for your teeth. You replace the aligner every two weeks to move your teeth little by little, eventually getting to the final position you choose. Invisalign is made with 3D computer imaging technology that scans your mouth and teeth. These scans are used to create perfect aligners for the entire process. You will also be able to see the finished product via the 3D computer scans.

How Invisalign Works


As stated above, Invisalign are custom made clear aligners that work similarly to regular braces. Due to their customization, they fit snugly over your teeth and are virtually invisible. Each aligner begins to shift your teeth slightly throughout a two-week process. As a result, your teeth move horizontally, vertically, and even rotate when needed. When you start using a new aligner, you may feel some discomfort. This is a sign that Invisalign is working as it moves your teeth to their final destination. Thankfully, this feeling only lasts for a few days. It goes away as your mouth becomes accustomed to the particular aligner. Your aligners are engineered to use the right amount of force in the right place at the right time. When you change to the next set of aligners your teeth gradually move into position.However, all this depends on what you and your doctor decide is best for you with your custom treatment plan. The length of treatment depends on the severity of your case and can only be determined by your doctor; however, the average case takes about 12 months for adults.
When you have regular braces, it can be difficult to eat a lot of different foods. You don’t have to worry about that with Invisalign. When you want to eat or drink something, you can easily remove your Invisalign aligners until you are done. You can also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would. Keep your fresh breath and maintain good oral hygiene.


Before deciding on a treatment plan, you want to know the ins and outs of Invisalign. Thankfully, you now know what Invisalign is and how it works. Remember that Invisalign is tailor-made for you and the desired look you want or need. There will be some discomfort but that will go away in a few days as your teeth adjust. Also, remember that it takes on average about 12 months for adults to see the desired result. A year can seem like a long time, but it’s much shorter than the amount of time for wearing braces. With Invisalign, you’re approximately one year away from the best smile you’ve ever had with Invisalign.



9/20/2017 9:56:00 PM | Russell Cureton DDS