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Invisalign® is like wearing braces, except no braces are needed—or seen. This system does not require metal wires and brackets. Instead, it uses clear, medical-grade plastic trays. The trays fit directly over the teeth making them invisible to those around you.
How Invisalign® Aligners Work
Aligners are made by scanning your teeth with a 3D camera. We then create a virtual 3D model of what your teeth look like now and we use the computer to modify that model to create your new smile. You will be able to see the predicted outcome on a screen in front of you before we even begin treatment. Once we know where we are starting and where we would like to finish, a series of virtual models are produced and from them a series of clear aligners are made. Each aligner moves your teeth a fraction of a millimeter, a tenth of a degree, eventually creating your one of a kind smile.
How Aligner Treatment Is Different from Traditional Braces
Invisalign® uses smooth plastic trays that rarely cause abrasions and are comfortable. You can show your aligners to people if you want, but if you don’t tell them, they usually won’t know that you’re wearing them. While the aligners are typically worn most of the day, you can take them out when eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. This means you do not need to change your diet or oral hygiene habits to accommodate Invisalign®.
Treatment Time with Invisalign®
Treatment time with aligners is often less than that of traditional braces. Office visits can be less frequent and can also be several months apart. Our patients are instructed to change their aligners anywhere from every one to two weeks, depending upon the case and the phase of treatment, assuring efficient and comfortable alignment and maintaining the clarity of the aligners cosmetically.