How Invisalign Works
Invisalign works just like traditional braces, applying gentle forces to move teeth, but with clear aligners instead of metal wires. The entire treatment is based on a set of 3D images that are taken of the patient's entire mouth.
Throughout the course of treatment, the patient receives a series of aligner trays (worn 1-2 weeks at a time) that move the teeth towards a more optimal position. This type of treatment is not only more attractive, but patients also report significantly less discomfort in the mouth and jaws, and have an easier time keeping teeth and gums clean and healthy.
What is the Invisalign treatment process like?
Gone are the days of messy dental molds! Invisalign begins with a painless, radiation-free 3D imaging of the mouth done with a modern machine in the comfort of the orthodontist's chair. These images are then loaded into a computer program, which allows the doctor to simulate the treatment plan. Before you start the process, you can see the smile that you will be working to achieve over the course of your treatment!
After the doctor and patient review the images, they are sent off to the dental lab where a series of aligner trays are created. The Invisalign aligners are made from a special kind of plastic that is safe and durable. Once the aligners arrive at your Light Dental Studios office, he will fit them on the patient's teeth and teach you how to care for them. One of the advantages of Invisalign aligners is that, unlike traditional braces, they are not adhered to the teeth and can therefore be easily removed to eat or drink for up to two hours per day. Every few weeks, the patient will return to the office to be fitted for the next set of aligners until the treatment is completed.