How Does Invisalign® Work?

How Does Invisalign® Work?

Invisalign® is a brand name of clear aligners made from plastic that fit over the top and bottom rows of teeth. The aligners serve the same purpose as traditional braces but are more discrete. You also have greater flexibility with Invisalign® treatment since you can remove the aligners. However, you should plan to wear your aligners for approximately 22 hours a day for the best treatment results and only remove them when eating and to brush them.

Dental Problems Invisalign® Can and Cannot Fix

The main reason people inquire about Invisalign® is that they want to improve the appearance of their smile. Properly aligned teeth also offer important oral health benefits, such as being easier to clean. Here are the most common orthodontic problems we see at Ideal Dental:

Although Invisalig®n is an extremely effective treatment for most people, it is not appropriate in all situations. For example, patients with untreated gum disease or tooth decay should not wear aligners because it could make caring for their oral hygiene more challenging. People with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) and those with complex malocclusions that require extraction should also delay starting Invisalign® treatment until those conditions are resolved.

The Invisalign® Treatment Process

Your first step in transforming your smile is to meet with an orthodontist at the Ideal Dental location closest to you. Our staff member will take X-rays and a digital scan of your teeth to help create a customized treatment plan. The next steps include:

Successful treatment with Invisalign® requires your full cooperation. We encourage you to think of it as an investment in yourself that will pay with better oral health and a more attractive smile.

Schedule a Consultation to Learn More About Invisalign®

We use computer imaging with time-lapsed photography to show you what you can expect your smile to look like once you have completed treatment with Invisalign®. We invite you to contact us to learn more about Invisalign® along with all other dentistry services. Your smile is worth the investment. Find your local Ideal Dental office to get started today.