How Does Invisalign Work?
Are you interested in straightening your teeth with Invisalign but have a few questions about the process? Our Sudbury, MA, family dentist, Dr. Reina Garcia, can tell you how Invisalign works.
Trays, not wires, do all the work
Traditional braces use a system of wires threaded through brackets attached to your teeth. Adjusting the wires periodically moves the teeth into the desired positions. The Invisalign system achieves the same results as metal or ceramic braces without wires and brackets.
Removable aligner trays gradually change the position of your teeth by placing gentle pressure on them. You'll receive an entire series of trays, each designed to carry out a particular goal in the orthodontic process. Trays are worn for 20 to 22 hours per day and are replaced approximately ever two weeks.
Your trays are designed using a computerized 3D image compiled from X-rays, digital photographs and digital impressions. Adjusting the image in our Sudbury office allows us to view a virtual representation of the way your teeth will shift during your treatment.
Invisalign offers unique advantages
Invisalign offers excellent results but doesn't call attention to your appearance. When you straighten your teeth with clear aligner trays instead of wires and brackets, it won't be immediately obvious that you're improving your smile every time you smile, laugh or speak.
Invisalign also makes eating and oral hygiene easier. If you wear traditional metal or ceramic braces, the length of your oral hygiene routine will increase significantly. Removing food stuck on and between wires and brackets can be time-consuming. Luckily, no special cleaning protocols are needed with the Invisalign system. After you remove your trays, you'll brush and floss the same way you always have. Because you'll also remove your trays to eat, you won't have to worry about prying stuck-on food from your trays at the end of the day. Although you can drink water without taking out your aligner trays, drinking colored beverages may stain the trays.
Even though Invisalign aligner trays are designed to be comfortable and unobtrusive, you may occasionally want to remove them if you're participating in an activity. The trays can be removed when you play sports or may be left behind when you attend a special event.
Are you interested in learning if you're a good candidate for Invisalign? Call our Sudbury, MA family dentist, Dr. Garcia, at (978) 443-5500 to schedule an appointment.