How Invisalign Works

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The days of traditional metal braces are numbered. Now there’s a way for adults and teens to get straighter teeth without worrying about painful metal braces. Invisalign aligners work similarly to traditional braces, but without the restraints of metal brackets and wires. These virtually invisible aligners are custom fit to your mouth and slowly shift your teeth into place. While your progress depends on how well you follow the guidelines to the product and the severity of your case, they’re still faster than traditional braces. With Invisalign, you can eat whatever you want and keep your confidence as your teeth just get better.

The Invisalign Process

Initial Consultation

Many good things start with a simple question. If you’re curious about Invisalign, all you have to do is ask your dentist or orthodontist during your next visit. With thousands of doctors across the US, including Allan S. Thomas in Salt Lake City, it isn’t hard to find an Invisalign dentist or orthodontist near you. The doctors who offer Invisalign have specialized training on the product, the process and basic care for the product. This consultation is designed to help you feel comfortable about the process and evaluate if Invisalign is the right solution for you.

Design a Treatment Plan

Invisalign has improved millions of smiles, all of them unique like yours. This means every case deserves a unique treatment plan. During this meeting, you’ll get a good idea of how long you’ll need to wear Invisalign and how often you’ll need to change your aligners. Depending on your dentist’s in-office resources, your doctor will create 3D images of your teeth or make physical impressions to create your new aligners.

Armed with a realistic model of your teeth, your doctor will know how to shift your teeth to a straighter position. These treatment plans take factors into consideration like treatment plan payments, movements of your teeth and the length of your treatment.

Get Your Aligners

After planning and prepping, you’ll finally get your Invisalign clear aligners. These light, clear aligners are made of SmartTrack material and are removable and virtually invisible. Once you have your aligners, you’ll need to wear them for 20 to 22 hours a day, only removing them to eat, brush and floss. You’ll change out your aligners once a week to continue shifting your teeth into place.

Get Straighter Teeth

When you stick to your doctor’s advice and the Invisalign regimen, you should see results in a short amount of time. Every week or two weeks, you change aligners.. As you continue the Invisalign program, your teeth will gradually shift into place without the need for metal and wires in your mouth. The process usually lasts about a year with checkups with your doctor every six weeks to make sure Invisalign is working as it should.

Cherish your New Smile

Next thing you know, your teeth will be straighter than ever. Once your treatment is done, you can get a Vivera retainer made from the same material as Invisalign. This strong retainer helps your teeth stay in place after the big shift with Invisalign. If you keep visiting the dentist twice a year with regular brushing and flossing habits, your teeth will healthy and aligned for the rest of your life.