Understanding how Invisalign® works is the first step towards making an educated decision about how to straighten your smile. Each aligner is worn for 22-23 hours a day, for one to two weeks. For most patients, treatment can be completed in six to 12 months.View transcript
So how does Invisalign work? Invisalign is an orthodontic system that uses a clear, removable aligner that are to be worn over your teeth over a period of time to correct issues, such as crowding of teeth, spacing between your teeth, cross-bites, or just about any other situations involving teeth not being in the right place. Invisalign works by applying specific pressure on teeth to move them into the desired location. We usually use a digital scan to take a picture of your upper and lower teeth and to see how they fit together. And using Invisalign's proprietary software we can actually visualize how your teeth will look at the end of treatment before you even start. You wear the Invisalign aligners over your teeth over a period of one to two weeks, about 22 to 23 hours a day. You only take them out when you're brushing your teeth or when you're eating. Otherwise you usually wear them throughout the day and at nighttime when you sleep. During your Invisalign treatment, you will get a series of aligners that you'll continue to wear for one or two weeks at a time. Each aligner will be moving your teeth in small increments to get them into the desired location. My patients who are getting Invisalign treatment often want to know how long their treatment will take. Now that depends on how much teeth movement will be taking place. For a little bit of movement, we're looking at three to six months on average, but typically Invisalign patients are in treatment for about six months to about a year. If you would like a free complimentary consultation for Invisalign or know more information about it, please visit us at our website at summitpointdental.com or call us at (469) 625-0005 to schedule your next appointment.