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How Invisalign Works on the Teeth

How Invisalign Works on the Teeth

Invisalign is one of the top treatments chosen by patients for discretion. This treatment, like other braces, works by pushing on teeth, but does so in a different way from treatments with brackets. Here is a look at how clear braces make teeth move.

Overview of Aligners

The aligners are what clear braces use to straighten teeth. In most cases, patients have both their top and bottom teeth treated and receive two aligners as a result. The aligners, which are made of clear plastic, are designed based off of bite impressions taken before treatment begins. At the start of each aligner stage, the aligners must be pushed onto the teeth, but the teeth gradually move to match the aligner shape. At this point, new aligners are dispensed by our dentist for the next treatment stage.

Regular Appointments

To keep treatment on schedule, our dentist plans appointments spaced a few weeks apart throughout treatment. Progress is checked to make sure that the teeth are moving as expected, and any necessary treatment changes are made. To ensure that new aligner stages start as scheduled, patients must do their part and wear their aligners for at least twenty-two hours out of every twenty-four hour period.

Clear braces can straighten teeth in an average of fifteen months. Some types of bite irregularities, such as vertical tooth misalignment, cannot be corrected with clear braces, but most adults and teens are candidates. Patients can schedule a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Allen Sanders, to have their teeth examined for clear braces eligibility.

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