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How Invisalign Works

The Science Behind Invisalign: How Clear Aligners Gradually Transform Your Smile

A brand new smile doesn’t have to be as painful as it sounds! If you’re exploring treatment options to achieve the smile of your dreams, chances are you’ve heard about how Invisalign is creating beautiful smiles without the inconvenience and discomfort of traditional braces. Have you ever wondered how Invisalign aligners actually work to move your teeth into their desired position? Today, we’ll dive into the science behind Invisalign and explore the unique process through which these clear aligners gradually straighten your teeth.

The Basics of Invisalign:

Invisalign treatment involves a series of custom-made, clear aligners that fit over your teeth. Unlike traditional braces with brackets and wires, Invisalign aligners are crafted from a patented thermoplastic material called SmartTrack®. Each aligner is designed to snugly fit over your teeth and gently apply controlled forces to guide them into alignment.

Consultation & Treatment Planning:

Your journey to a dream smile begins with the Invisalign experts here at 425 Dental. With state-of-the-art technology, we’ll be able to map out your mouth and create a custom treatment plan for you, as well as show you your expected results throughout the treatment. Before you embark on your Invisalign journey, our experienced specialist will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your teeth and create a personalized treatment plan just for you. Using advanced digital scanning technology, we’ll create a 3D representation of your teeth, allowing for precise planning of their movement throughout the treatment course. No gooey impressions, we use an iTero® digital scanner that’ll show a before and after of your teeth in 5 minutes

The Science of Tooth Movement:

Teeth aren’t fixed in place; they’re held by a complex system of ligaments and bones. When constant pressure is applied to a tooth, the surrounding bone and ligaments undergo a process called “bone remodeling.” This process involves the breakdown of existing bone tissue on one side and the deposition of new bone tissue on the other side of the tooth, enabling it to gradually shift in the desired direction.

Invisalign aligners are designed to capitalize on this natural biological response. Each aligner in the series is slightly different, exerting targeted forces on specific teeth to facilitate their controlled movement. As you progress through the aligner series, your teeth will incrementally shift according to the predetermined treatment plan, achieving the straightening effects you desire.

The Role of Attachments and Buttons:

In some cases, we may use additional aids to enhance the effectiveness of Invisalign treatment. Attachments or buttons are tooth-colored composite resin or enamel dots bonded to specific teeth. These attachments act as anchors for the aligners, enabling more precise and efficient forces on the teeth. Their strategic placement ensures optimal control over tooth movement throughout the treatment process.

Progress Tracking:

Regular visits to our office will allow us to monitor your progress and ensure your treatment stays on track. During these check-ups, we may make adjustments to your treatment plan or order additional aligners if necessary. Invisalign technology enables us to visualize the expected outcome of your treatment from start to finish, making necessary modifications along the way to achieve the desired results.

Patient Compliance and Care:

To achieve the best possible outcomes and ensure the success of your Invisalign treatment, patient compliance is essential. Once your custom aligners are created, you’ll begin to wear them – a lot. In order for Invisalign treatment to be effective, you’ll need to keep the aligners on for a minimum of 20 hours per day, along with swapping out your aligners every couple of weeks. You’ll be expected to begin seeing results within just a few weeks as the aligners gradually shift your teeth into place.

Additionally, proper oral hygiene is vital to maintain the health of your teeth and gums during treatment. Remember to brush and floss regularly and clean your aligners as recommended by our specialist to keep them clear and free from bacteria. As long as you follow the treatment plan correctly and make all the appropriate visits to our dental office, 425 Dental Invisalign patients can generally complete their treatment within 6-12 months!

Invisalign is a discreet and comfortable alternative to traditional braces. The science behind Invisalign aligners involves a fascinating blend of biomechanics and modern technology. By harnessing the natural process of bone remodeling, Invisalign aligners gently guide your teeth into alignment, creating beautiful and healthier smiles.

A brand-new smile doesn’t have to be as expensive as it sounds, either. Save nearly 50% on average Invisalign costs with 425 Dental. Get the smile of your dreams for just $3,995 and get started for just $299 down (financing available)! In addition, Anything that you would need before, during, or after treatment can be done in our office, including cosmetics procedures and teeth whitening.

At 425 Dental, we are committed to providing high-quality dental care, including Invisalign treatment, to our patients. Our team of skilled specialists will work closely with you, explaining the science behind Invisalign and ensuring your treatment is tailored to your specific needs. Use our convenient online consultation scheduler to book your free Invisalign assessment today!