How Invisalign Works | The Art of Dentistry
Metal braces usually make it almost impossible to progress and use fixed cables that hold your teeth in place over time. Invisalign, meanwhile, aligns teeth using a series of molds that gradually create a change in the oral landscape. With Invisalign®, you will see your smile slowly take its place. But before that happens, there are some important steps we need to take to better prepare our patients for success.
See how the process works:
Step 1 Smile rating. The first phase of the placement process requires a thorough analysis of the current alignment, shape and placement of the teeth. Invisalign® is a convenient choice for a wide variety of dental problems. Usually used to correct:
- Deep stings or excessive bites
- Space / congestion issues
- Basic tooth straightening
From there, our team will fit your first set of aligners, developing computer-generated images and impressions from your mouth.
Step 2 Adjustment. Once you have completed your aligners, we will review the application to make sure it sits comfortably and address any gaps or functionality issues, if needed.
Step 3 Regular checks. Invisialign slowly moves your teeth to the desired positions using 20 to 30 different alignment sets. This requires a face-to-face check every 6-8 weeks to check your progress and fit you to the next batch of aligners. Patients usually wear straighteners anywhere from one year to one and a half years.
Step 4 Maintenance. Then, once you transform your smile, it is relatively easy to maintain your new alignment using an Invisalign holder.