How Exactly Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign has been used since the late 1990s and is an excellent alternative to traditional braces for those who want a more discreet way to straighten their teeth. But does Invisalign work like regular braces, and how exactly does it shift teeth into place?

Where regular braces apply force to the teeth through the wire that connects all the brackets, Invisalign applies pressure to specific areas of the teeth through a series of clear aligners. Let’s take a closer look at how exactly Invisalign works and what you can expect from you treatment.

Map Your Treatment Step by Step

Meeting with your orthodontist for an Invisalign consultation allows them to take a 3D digital scan of your teeth to map your potential treatment step by step [1]. Your provider will let you know how long your treatment will take, how many aligners will be used in the series, and what your smile will look like when the process is complete.

With Invisalign, each patient has a specific, customized series of aligners. Each set is designed to move different teeth and account for the changes the previous set of aligners has made as you progress through your treatment.

Aligners are changed every few weeks as your teeth move into their correct positions and you begin to see your smile come together.

Aligners Shift Your Teeth Into Place Over Time

As your teeth shift with Invisalign, your body compensates for the change by modifying the bone as the teeth slowly move. It will break down the bone and ligaments that hold the tooth in place and help it shift in the proper direction, where new bone and attachments will form [2].

Your Invisalign provider will see you for checkups when the aligners are swapped out to monitor your progress and ensure your teeth are moving as intended. For some patients, Invisalign will result in a faster treatment time than conventional braces.

Your provider will let you know what to expect before you begin treatment so you can make the best decision for your orthodontic care.

Some Treatment Cases Will Include Attachments

Invisalign works by using clear aligners to shift teeth. However, some patients may also benefit from Invisalign attachments and buttons, which can help increase the efficiency of tooth movement in certain cases [3].

Attachments are tiny “dots” made with a composite resin that are bonded to your tooth enamel. These attachments, sometimes called bumps, give the Invisalign aligners a more secure grip and can accelerate tooth movement. There are also attachments called buttons, which can work with elastic bands to move teeth.

Even if you need Invisalign attachments, it will not alter your treatment process. Your aligners can still be removed and you will still have a clear, discreet system to shift your teeth.

Is Invisalign Treatment Right for You?

The only way to know if Invisalign treatment is right for you is by scheduling a consultation with an Invisalign provider. Your provider will let you know if you qualify, what your treatment will look like, and what you can expect. Is Invisalign the best choice for your orthodontic care? Find out by consulting your local provider today.

Sources:
1. https://www.invisalign.com/how-invisalign-works
2. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1607551X17307647
3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8778413/

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Where regular braces apply force to the teeth through the wire that connects all the brackets, Invisalign applies pressure to specific areas of the teeth through a series of clear aligners. Let’s take a closer look at how exactly Invisalign works and what you can expect from you treatment.