How does Invisalign work exactly?

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign is the country’s most popular brand of invisible aligners. A national company, they have created a brand that is well-recognized and well-trusted.

If you’ve been told you need braces, you might wonder if you can use Invisalign instead of traditional wire braces. Only your dentist can tell you for sure, but here’s how Invisalign works to shift your teeth to the right place.

3D Printing a New Smile

The 3D printing revolution has made Invisalign possible. The aligners are designed to wrap around your teeth and keep pushing them in the right direction.

It all starts with a detailed scan of your mouth. Then a computer generated model will project what your teeth should look like. From there, Invisalign 3D prints your aligners.

The First Scan

The first scan is a full mouth scan just like the full mouth x-rays you’re used to. It’s painless and easy. Rather than being printed out, the scan is digitized. This scan is sent to Invisalign.

The Aligners

Using computer modeling, Invisalign creates a series of aligners that gradually apply pressure to your teeth.

Each aligner is designed to shift your teeth a microscopic amount. This means that, unlike traditional braces that require tightening by a dentist which can be painful, Invisalign slowly and gently moves your teeth, causing less pain and discomfort.

Because the aligners are custom-designed, they are able to move your teeth vertically, horizontally, and even twist them back into place. Because they do this almost imperceptibly, it doesn’t hurt and the change is gradual.

The Beauty

Invisalign is made from a clear polymer. No one will even see that you have it in your mouth. This clear plastic lasts a long time and is easy to clean.

Whom does Invisalign work for?

In the majority of cases, Invisalign is a great option.

Here is a partial list of conditions that it can treat. Remember: Only your dentist can assure that you can use Invisalign in your case.

Gapped Teeth – Invisalign can push your teeth together so that you can eliminate gaps.

Overbite – When your upper teeth extend too far out over your lower teeth, you have an overbite. Invisalign will help to move everything back to the right place.

Underbite – An underbite is caused when your lower teeth extend out past your upper teeth. Not only can this make it hard to chew, but it can lead to jaw and joint pain.

Open bite – When your teeth don’t meet when your mouth is closed, it leads to an open bite. Attempting to compensate for this while eating can cause a lot of mouth pain.

Overly crowded – When your teething are pushing together against themselves, it can cause a painful condition in your mouth. It can also make it harder to clean your teeth when there are no proper gaps.

Crossbite – When neither your upper or lower jaw is properly aligned, it can create a situation where everything is wrong. This type of crossbite needs to be corrected to make it easier to take care of your mouth and avoid pain.

Is Invisalign right for you?

Only your dentist can tell you for sure, but there is a very good chance that Invisalign is a perfect solution to align your teeth. This new technology is a simple way to get a perfect smile and avoid pain and discomfort. Please click message us below to inquire about Invisalign and if it may be right for you. Our wonderful staff will schedule you for a consultation and appointment.


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