How Does Invisalign Work?

How Does Invisalign Work?

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If you're thinking about getting Invisalign, you may have a few questions about how it works. Here's some basic information about this popular teeth straightening method:

What is Invisalign? 

Invisalign is a series of clear polycarbonate plastic trays similar in appearance to mouth guards. Each tray is designed to gradually move your teeth into proper alignment, and they’re worn over a period of time until the desired results are achieved. You need to see your dentist to receive a personalized Invisalign treatment plan.

The process involves putting on the first tray, wearing it for two weeks, then replacing it with the next one in the series—repeating this cycle until you achieve your final results.

The trays straighten your teeth without the use of traditional metal braces. Each tray has a different shape that gradually moves your teeth into place.

Your Dentist Can Advise You if You’re a Good Candidate for Invisalign

Invisalign treatment begins with a visit to your dentist. They’ll perform a series of tests and X-rays to determine if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign and determine which type of treatment is best suited to your needs. Then they can create an Invisalign treatment plan customized for you.

How the Aligners Work

With your dentist’s plan for you in place, Invisalign will construct a series of customized aligners. You'll be required to change your trays every two weeks—an easy process done at home. The trays will have a sticker with instructions when it's time to switch them out. Thoroughly brush and floss your teeth before placing your next set of aligners on your teeth. 

You'll usually have between 15-30 sets of trays, depending on the complexity of your case. Your dentist will determine the number based on your treatment plan. For example, if you only need to straighten slightly crooked teeth, you'll need fewer sets than someone with more severe issues like crowded teeth or bite problems. 

See Your Dentist Regularly to Keep Your Treatment on Track

Checkup appointments will be scheduled about every six weeks so that your dentist can ensure your treatment is going as planned. These checkups are an essential part of Invisalign treatment.

At these visits, you can expect your dentist to ask about any discomfort or problems you may have experienced with your aligners. They’ll also take photos of your teeth throughout the treatment process to monitor and document your progress. 

How Long Will It Take for My Invisalign Treatment to be Complete? 

The length of time it takes to complete your Invisalign treatment depends on the severity of your case and how quickly you respond to treatment. The average patient can expect to begin seeing results after about two weeks.

Some patients may require only a few months, while others may need up to a year or more. It is crucial that you schedule regular follow-up appointments so your progress can be monitored and any necessary adjustments can be made.

Learn More About Invisalign in Suwanee

Now that you know how Invisalign works, you can be confident when scheduling your appointment. If you want to learn more about transforming your smile with Invisalign dentistry, contact Suwanee Family Dentistry today at  678-714-2380 .