How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign is becoming more popular as more people discover its ease, its convenience, and its comfort. If you have crowded, crooked, gapped, or otherwise misaligned teeth, you may be curious about how does Invisalign work. Our team offers consultations that are designed to answer your questions about this revolutionary orthodontic treatment and determine your candidacy.
We are always happy to answer the question, “How does Invisalign work?” It starts with a consultation. We will check your teeth, gums, and bite to determine the extent of your orthodontic problems and provide you with a diagnosis. We may also take X-rays, digital images, impressions, and other records. These can be used to create a model of your smile. We transform this model into a 3D digital image that we can then manipulate using Invisalign’s advanced programs.
Once your records have been digitized, each tooth’s movements are carefully mapped. A few teeth are slated to move at a time, and some of these movements must be extremely precise to get the best results. During this planning phase, we adjust and review carefully as we guide the digital version of your smile into position. Once we have completed the plans, they will be sent to the Invisalign lab, which will make your aligners.
The aligners are worn for two weeks at a time. Each aligner is manufactured to reflect the small changes that we made as we planned your treatment. The aligners look like mouth guards, but they apply pressure at strategic points to guide your real teeth into position. Because they are removable, you will still be able to eat and drink just like you always have, and you can still keep up your normal dental hygiene routine. However, you will need to be careful to ensure that you are wearing your aligners at least 20 to 22 hours a day. After your active treatment is finished, which can take 12 to 18 months, you will wear a retainer, which can be similar in design to the aligners but keeps your teeth in the right position until the bone has adjusted to keep them there.
Give us a call today to find out more about how does Invisalign work or to schedule your appointment with our Huntington Beach Invisalign provider.
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