Invisalign®: How it Works

Invisalign®: How it Works

One of the most exciting innovations at our practice is Invisalign, a special technology that allows us to give you a straighter, healthier smile using clear aligners instead of more invasive treatment with braces. One of the most common questions we get from patients is how Invisalign treatment works, and how it differs from traditional orthodontic treatment.

How it works

Invisalign works by gradually straightening your teeth through a series of clear custom-made plastic aligners that are virtually invisible. Before beginning your treatment, we use special software to map out the exact path your teeth will take from the beginning of your treatment to the end. Based on the results, a set of custom aligners are created just for your teeth using a state-of-the-art proprietary technology. You wear them all day and night, except for meals, brushing, and flossing - when you can easily slip them out to make eating and cleaning a snap!
Throughout the course of treatment, you will wear these clear, removable aligners one at a time; each one moving your teeth closer to their final, perfectly aligned position. Your teeth will be steadily straightened by your aligners with no one knowing you’re wearing them!

Questions to consider

While Invisalign aligners can be more convenient than traditional braces, good oral hygiene is still crucial during your treatment. To ensure good hygiene habits throughout treatment, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Am I eating with my aligners on? - It’s still likely that your aligners can build up plaque if not treated properly. These aligners are removable and should be taken out when you eat.
  2. Am I drinking anything other than water with my aligners on? Though it's not necessary for you to take out your aligners while you drink, think about how sticky soda is. If you take out your aligners when drinking a soda, you have a better chance of keeping your aligners clean.
  3. Am I brushing before putting the trays on? - The aligners have both an inside and outside. Keeping the outside clean is easy. Keeping the inside clean is also simple: just make sure you've brushed your teeth before putting the trays on.

If you have any questions about Invisalign, please give us a call. We’d be happy to answer them and help you consider your options.

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