How Do Invisalign Aligners Move Teeth?
As an orthodontic treatment, Invisalign moves teeth by putting pressure on them over time. However, these clear braces achieve this in a different way from other orthodontics, such as metal braces. Below is a closer look at how this treatment straightens teeth.
Aligners put pressure on teeth from multiple directions depending on the movements planned. In every case, however, the aligners apply this pressure consistently over time. In order for the pressure to act on the teeth, the mouth must be closed, which pushes the teeth into the aligners.
As each treatment stage progresses, the formation of the teeth comes to match the shapes of the aligners. For this reason, each time the teeth adapt to the aligners being worn, the aligners are switched out for new ones. Each treatment stage brings the teeth closer to the desired results.
Retainer usage is the last phase of clear braces treatment and comes after the teeth are finished being corrected. Instead of moving the teeth, as aligners do, the retainers simply keep the teeth in place so that they do not relapse to their former positions. Depending on the patient, retainers may be necessary for more or less time.
Clear aligners have given many patients another orthodontic option beyond conventional metal braces. For many patients, clear braces are not only more discreet and comfortable, but also faster than other orthodontic appliances. Eligibility for this treatment can be determined through an exam. To learn more about clear braces, patients can schedule a consultation with our dentist.
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