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How Do Invisalign® Aligners Work?

By Dr. Peter Gambertoglio

woman inserting invisalign alignersIf you’re considering getting Invisalign to straighten your smile or correct the relapse you’ve experienced since wearing braces back in high school, you’re probably wondering how the process differs from conventional braces.

Invisalign’s design features sets of clear acrylic aligners that gently nudge your teeth into the desired position. By progressively changing the digitally designed trays out every two weeks, your bite will predictably shift into the pre-programmed alignment that we’ve mapped out.

Aligner Design and Manufacturing

Using 3D imaging and technology, Invisalign labs take the images and impressions captured in our practice and digitally map out the optimal position of your teeth. As your bite is virtually corrected, a set of aligners is crafted to systematically move the teeth to match the digital replica.

A Note About Invisalign “Buttons”

Sometimes teeth will need to be guided into positions that aren’t possible with a retainer-like tray. To help with the guiding, a small and translucent button is bonded to the tooth, adding a surface area for the aligner to pull or push against. When the tooth is brought down into alignment, the button is removed. Buttons can also serve to attach small rubber bands temporarily needed.

Is Wearing Invisalign Painful?

Most people say that Invisalign is more comfortable than braces because there are no metal appliances (such as wires or brackets) rubbing their lips and cheeks. Since the movements are made on a biweekly basis instead of monthly adjustments, they tend to result in less discomfort and pressure.

Seeing Is Believing

What does Invisalign look like? As the name implies, the “invisible” aligners are made of translucent BPA-free material that’s essentially see-through when worn over your teeth. You’ll want to clean them daily to prevent any residual buildup or discoloration.

How Long Will You Need to Wear Invisalign?

Most of our Invisalign patients complete their treatment in about 12 months. Schedule a free consultation today to find out how long your case will take.

Dr. Peter Gambertoglio has been a practicing dentist for over three decades. He enjoys staying up to date with the latest technological advancements and trends in dentistry in order to provide his patients with the best care possible. In addition to general dentistry, he has advanced training in implants, orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry.

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