How Does Invisalign Work?
You've likely heard of Invisalign, the revolutionary way to straighten teeth using nearly-invisible plastic trays, called aligners. What you may not know is the science behind Invisalign's technology. Dr. Warren Gase, your dentist in Cincinnati, OH, has provided some information for his patients about how Invisalign helps give them a beautifully even smile, comfortably and discreetly.
What is involved in the Invisalign process?
Using digital images of your teeth from your Cincinnati dentist, a certified laboratory will create your series of Invisalign trays out of a clear, flexible plastic material. Many people liken them to teeth-whitening trays. Once these aligners are finished being manufactured, you will return to Dr. Gase's office for fitting and further instructions. On average, most patients wear each aligner for about two weeks before their teeth have moved into position for the next aligner in the series. Patients who follow the recommended instructions of wearing the trays 20 to 22 hours per day typically have a treatment schedule of about a year.
How does Invisalign move my teeth?
Invisalign works similarly to traditional braces; by placing focused pressure on the teeth, they will gradually shift into their proper alignment. The difference is that traditional braces will need to be tightened periodically to continue the straightening process. The Invisalign trays do not need to be adjusted by your Cincinnati dentist, therefore providing much gentler pressure and less discomfort as the teeth move.
Perhaps one of the most attractive features about Invisalign is the ability you have to remove them during eating, drinking and cleaning your teeth. This allows you to enjoy your favorite foods that might otherwise be restricted during a traditional braces regimen.
If you'd like to learn more about Invisalign from Dr. Warren Gase, your Cincinnati, OH dentist, contact our office to set up a consultation today!