How Does Invisalign Move the Teeth?
Invisalign can permanently normalize the bite just as metal braces do, but it accomplishes this without making patients feel embarrassed during treatment. So, how does this newer orthodontic option move teeth? Here is a look at how the process works.
The key requirement for orthodontic results is constant pressure from the chosen treatment. With metal braces, a wire is tightened to make this happen. Invisalign does it through a series of custom-made biocompatible, plastic aligners, which are worn over the teeth. Gradually, over several stages, the pressure from the aligners nudges the teeth into position. Eventually, the ligaments that hold the teeth in place preserve the new positions.
Up to 32 sets of aligners may be used to straighten the teeth, depending on the types of bite irregularities, the severity of bite irregularities and the goals of the individual. On average, the process takes about 15 months, though. Regular appointments are scheduled for patients to have their progress monitored and to receive their new aligners from Dr. Allen Sanders.
A retainer is given to patients to wear after the corrective period is finished. By keeping the teeth in their final positions after treatment, the retainer ensures permanent results. Continuous use of this retainer may be necessary at first, but nightly use follows for some time. Unfortunately, they may be recommended for life in certain cases.
Similar to metal braces, Invisalign does cause some discomfort when patients first start treatment and each time patients get new aligners. A majority of adults with most types of bite irregularities are candidates for this treatment. At a consultation with our expert in Invisalign in Rocklin, patients can find out more about how this treatment works.
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