How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign is the option many patients choose when they want to straighten their teeth discreetly. By replacing brackets and wires with clear plastic aligners, Invisalign also improves comfort and supports oral health in orthodontic patients. Here is a deeper look at how this treatment works.
Overview of Invisalign
Invisalign treatment is divided into a series of removable aligners that are designed for the individual by our dentist based on photos, X-rays, and bite impressions. Each stage of aligners moves the teeth closer to the planned result until completion, when patients are given an Invisalign retainer to wear. Along the way, patients have their progress monitored by our Invisalign dentist. The entire process varies with the patient, but most patients can expect to finish within fifteen months.
What Invisalign Can and Cannot Do
The aligners used during Invisalign treatment are versatile, able to correct most bite irregularity types that metal braces can. A few limitations do exist, however, so some patients may need another type of treatment instead. Severe rotation and vertically dispositioned teeth are examples of problems that Invisalign cannot correct. In some cases, patients may need one or more appliances in addition to Invisalign.
Most adults and some adolescents over the age of seventeen can receive Invisalign Full, and most teenagers can use Invisalign Teen. In all cases, patients do have to receive an exam first to find out if they are eligible for this treatment type. Patients can schedule a consultation with our dentist to learn more about how Invisalign works.
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