How Does Invisalign Actually Work?

How Does Invisalign Actually Work?

Columbus, OH – Invisalign treatment continue to grow in popularity for many reasons. Patient solve that the aligners are clear, removable, and comfortable. But how exactly does Invisalign treatment work to give patient’s their perfect smiles? Dr. Irfan Khan of Polaris Dental Care explains. 

“Invisalign consists of a series of clear, removable aligners,” says Dr. Khan. “Each set is custom-made for the patient and perfectly calibrated to achieve a certain tooth movement. Utilizing the latest in 3D imaging, Invisalign offers a precise fit that provides effective results.”

Steps to Get Invisalign

So, how can Invisalign work for you? Every orthodontic journey begins in the same place – with an initial complimentary consultation. Here are the steps for Invisalign treatment.

Scanning Teeth: Invisalign Consultation

Consultation

At this appointment, your orthodontist or dentist will assess your smile. To do this, they will take X-Rays, digital scans, and perform a physical examination. This will help determine what your unique smile needs are and how Invisalign can work to create your ideal smile. 

Invisalign Treatment Plan

Treatment Plan

If you decide to move forward with Invisalign treatment, a customized treatment plan will be created. Your dentist will map out your exact tooth movements using sophisticated 3D imaging technology. You’ll be able to see your perfect smile before you’ve even started treatment.

Creating Invisalign Aligners

Creation of Aligners

After your treatment plan is crafted, your custom aligners can be created. Each set of aligners is designed specifically to meet your smile goals. The aligners will work in succession to guide your teeth to their ideal locations. 

Wearing Invisalign Aligners

Wearing Aligner

The next step is wearing your aligners. Each aligner set will be worn for approximately two weeks for 22 hours a day. They should only be removed to eat, drink, brush, and floss. Because your aligners are made from a smooth, BPA-free plastic, they won’t irritate your mouth as traditional bracket and wire braces might.

Invisalign Checkup Appointment

Regular Check-ups

Maintain regular check-ups. You’ll visit your dentist or orthodontist at regular intervals to ensure your treatment is staying on track and progressing as it should. These appointments are typically every six to eight weeks.

Wearing Retainer

Once your smile goals have been met and your teeth have reached their ideal locations, the active phase of treatment is complete. But that doesn’t mean your work is over. To maintain that new smile, it is important to wear your retainer as directed by your dentist or orthodontist. 

Invisalign Advantages over Traditional Braces

If you are looking to improve your smile, Invisalign offers several advantages over traditional braces. These include:

Discretion

Invisalign aligners are so clear they are almost invisible in your mouth. That means you can move forward with treatment as discretely as possible.

Comfort

Comfort

The aligners are made of a smooth plastic that won’t irritate the inside of the mouth as metal bracket and wire braces can, making them comfortable.

Convenience

You don’t have to make adjustments to your diet or spend extra time brushing and flossing around brackets. The aligners are removable. Simply pop them out to eat, brush, and floss. 

Predictability

Advanced imaging allows for precise treatment and the most predictable results. Invisalign has gone a long way and is now a lot more advanced than ever before.

Invisalign Success Factors

To have a successful Invisalign treatment experience, there are some things to remember. 

Wear Your Aligners

Aligners should be worn as directed.

Because Invisalign is removable, the power is in your hands. To keep your treatment on track you must wear your aligners as directed by your dentist. This means wearing each set for approximately 22 hours a day for two weeks. It is also important to ensure the proper order of aligner sets as each set is designed to achieve certain movements.

Maintain Oral Hygiene

Maintain proper oral hygiene.

The aligners are removable, making keeping your mouth clean and healthy a breeze. Simply remove the aligners and brush and floss as normal. It can be helpful to keep a travel kit with you so you can brush on the go.

Follow Dentist Directions

Follow all directions as provided by your dentist.

It is important to follow your directions and maintain all follow-up appointments. These appointments help determine that your treatment is effective and following the treatment plan.

If you’re ready to discover the power of Invisalign, call Polaris Dental Care today at 614-505-7027. 

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