Invisalign’s clear orthodontic aligners allow you to straighten your smile without braces. Here, our Lethbridge dentists explain how this orthodontic treatment option works.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a series of clear, removable plastic aligners that straighten your teeth.
How does Invisalign straighten teeth?
At the outset of your orthodontic treatment, you will receive a series of Invisalign aligners. Each set of aligners in the series is worn for about two weeks, after which it is switched out for the next set in the series.
The aligners will straighten your teeth in tiny increments that have been carefully planned out by your dentist ahead of time. Each set is custom made based on molds of your teeth to fit your smile during its designated two-week turn.
Over a period of months or years, the aligners will slowly move your teeth into their new, straightened positions.
The duration of Invisalign treatment is comparable to that of metal braces. It depends on the nature and extent of the patient’s misalignment, and their overall compliance to treatment.
No wires, no brackets.
Invisalign is a lower profile alternative to traditional metal braces. Because of their clear plastic construction, the aligners are difficult for others to see when you’re wearing them.
In addition, Invisalign aligners are removable. This means that you can take them out to brush and floss your teeth, and during mealtimes.
That said, it is important to leave your aligners in full time the rest of the time, to keep your orthodontic treatment on track.