How does Invisalign work?

For a long time, the only way to straighten your teeth was to wear traditional metal braces. But all those brackets and wires in your mouth can be uncomfortable and inconvenient. Braces require special care, including restrictions on the foods you can eat while you’re wearing them.

Nowadays, your options go beyond traditional braces. If you’re looking for a more visually appealing – and popcorn-friendly – way to straighten your teeth, you may want to consider Invisalign. Designed to address many common orthodontic issues, Invisalign treatment has been used successfully by over 6 million people around the world, including 1.4 million teenagers.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that gradually straightens your teeth using clear, removable aligners. Made of thin, flexible plastic, the aligners are custom designed for your mouth, fitting snugly against your teeth and trimmed to your gumline for maximum comfort and effectiveness. Virtually invisible, Invisalign is a comfortable, convenient alternative to traditional metal braces and can help you achieve a straight, dazzling smile.

What can Invisalign correct?

Invisalign can address a number of dental problems, including:

  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Overcrowding
  • Gaps
  • Crooked teeth
  • Jaw joint disorders
  • Incorrect jaw position

Many patients with complex bite or alignment issues have also benefited from a combination therapy of traditional braces and Invisalign. Since every smile is different, your orthodontist will evaluate your teeth to determine if Invisalign is the right choice for you.

How does Invisalign straighten teeth?

Invisalign straightens teeth in much the same way traditional braces do: by gradually pushing your teeth into the desired position. Instead of brackets and wires, though, Invisalign aligners hug your teeth, applying the right amount of force at the right time to slowly reshape your bite. During the course of treatment, you’ll use a series of aligner trays, each with a slightly different structure. Each aligner is worn for one to two weeks before being replaced with the next. As long as you wear your aligner trays as instructed by your orthodontist, you’ll end your treatment with a straight, dazzling smile.

What is the Invisalign treatment process like?

An initial consultation will help your orthodontist decide if Invisalign is right for you. After evaluating your smile, they’ll use state-of-the-art 3D digital imaging to create a map of your treatment plan – from the current alignment of your teeth to the final desired result. Using this map, your unique aligners will be created.

Most patients have a total treatment time of 12-18 months, but your orthodontist will tell you how long your treatment will last and when you’ll need to switch out your aligners. Periodic office visits are also required to ensure your treatment is going according to plan, usually about every four to six weeks.

What’s it like to live with Invisalign?

Life with Invisalign couldn’t be more convenient. The removable aligner makes it easy for you to brush and floss your teeth, eat and drink freely with no restrictions on food, and look good for photos and special events. To achieve the best results, simply wear your aligner for 20 to 22 hours per day, and follow any specific instructions given to you by your orthodontist.

Get Invisalign at San Diego Dental Specialty Center

At San Diego Dental Specialty Center, we know the importance of having a straight, beautiful smile – and Invisalign can help you feel comfortable and confident while you’re undergoing treatment.

To schedule a consultation and find out if Invisalign is the right treatment for you, call us at (619) 263-6683.