How Does Invisalign Work?



A lot of potential orthodontic patients love the idea of Invisalign, but are often confused or scared about the treatment option because they are unsure how it will effectively straighten their teeth.

In our post today, we want to walk you through the process and how you exactly how Invisalign works to move your teeth.

What Is Invisalign Made Of & What Do They Look Like?

Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible and are made of a thermoplastic material that is uniquely developed specifically for orthodontic treatment. If you’ve ever owned or seen teeth whitening trays, they look pretty similar to that.

How Does Invisalign Straighten Teeth?

When you choose Invisalign as an orthodontic treatment plan, you will be given a series of aligners. Each aligner will make a slight adjustment to the tooth position and is mapped out based on your unique situation by your orthodontist.

When the aligners are placed on your teeth, it will cause them to gradually shift from its current position to the new position. On average, this takes about 2-3 weeks, at which point, you will move to the next set of aligners.

How Will Invisalign Move My Teeth?

Each set of aligners move your teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force. Invisalign is different in that it controls the force in which the teeth need to be moved as well as the timing of the force. With each aligner, only certain teeth are allowed to move, not all of them. As mentioned above, your orthodontist will determine which teeth need to move and when.

How Long Will The Invisalign Treatment Take?

Honestly, the length of treatment will depend on the severity of your case and will be determined by your orthodontist. On average, adults usually have to wear the aligners for about 12 months and teen patients can plan on anywhere between 12-24 months on average.

How Long Should You Wear Invisalign Each Day?

In addition to the length of time to complete treatment, your aligners are going to be most effective when worn 20-22 hours per day. They should only be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing.

So, what do you think? Is Invisalign is for you? If so, give us a call and Dr. Thompson would love to sit down with you and discuss your options.

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