What Is Invisalign and How Does it Work?

Learn about Invisalign and how it works.

Learn about Invisalign and how it works.

There are many different methods that people use to straighten their teeth and achieve a better smile. There is the classic method of using braces and there are also removable aligners. The aligners have been growing in popularity because of their convenience and (sometimes) affordability. If you’re considering your options for straightening your teeth, here’s an overview of Invisalign and how it works.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a treatment that uses clear aligners to help you achieve a straighter smile. It does not use any brackets or wires and are removable. Like braces, you’ll still work with an orthodontist for your regular visits, but instead of adjustments, you’ll receive a new set of aligners. The technology to make the aligners uses 3D imaging to guide your tooth movement.

What Are the Aligners?

Invisalign aligners use a smooth plastic material to help straighten out your smile. Many people find this to be a much more comfortable alternative to metal braces. They are also removable, so you can eat and drink without having to worry about food particles getting stuck in the wire of your braces. However, just like with braces you will still need to brush and floss after every time you eat.

Getting Your Aligners

Every set of Invisalign aligners is custom-made to fit the specific characteristics of your teeth and mouth. When you go to your regular orthodontist visits, your new set will be calibrated based on the specific movement of your teeth. Each set of aligners is intended to be worn for about two weeks. Although they are generally a lot more comfortable to wear than metal braces, you will still experience some discomfort because of the nature of the process of shifting your teeth.

Invisalign Treatments

To work properly and efficiently, you must wear the aligners for at least 22 hours every day. They should only be removed when you are eating or drinking. They fit snug onto your teeth so that they can provide the appropriate amount of pressure to slowly and accurately straighten your teeth. This means that it will take some getting used to when you are removing and putting them back in. Because designs and technology are steadily progressing, anyone can benefit from using Invisalign, including patients with more serious malocclusions.   

Keep Your Smile Healthy with Affinity

Affinity Dental has six dentists and provides a variety of services from pediatric dentistry to orthodontics. Affinity Dental is capable of meeting all your needs. With 170 combined years of treating a variety of dental needs, Affinity is committed to providing quality dental care. To get your teeth back into good health and make your smile bright, call us at 410-719-7900 or contact us online. For other useful tips on dental care follow us on Facebook.

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