Invisalign's clear, removable aligners straighten your teeth gradually, over a period of months. Here, our Langley dentists provide the basics of how this orthodontic treatment option works below.
Invisalign's thermoplastic material was developed just for the Invisalign treatment process.
At the start of your treatment process, you will receive a series of custom aligners made to fit the exact size and shape of your teeth at each point of your treatment.
You’ll switch to a new set of aligners biweekly. The aligners will straighten your teeth gradually, until the desired results are achieved.
How exactly do Invisalign aligners move teeth?
The aligners move your teeth by applying controlled but gentle pressure to them. Each set of aligners is structured differently from the last, based on the way the previous set moved your teeth. During each stage of your treatment process, only certain teeth move. The whole process is carefully planned by your dentist at the outset of your treatment.
How long does the Invisalign process take?
The average time frame for the Invisalign treatment process is around 12 months for adults. For teens, treatment time can vary a lot more. Based on your unique misalignment, your dentist will give you an accurate estimate of how long your treatment will take,.
How often do I need to wear my aligners?
While you are undergoing treatment, you must wear your aligners for no less than 22 hours a day, every day. They should only ever be removed during eating, brushing and flossing, and when they need to be cleaned.
Wearing your aligners for less than the prescribed time will eventually result in treatment setbacks.