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How Does Invisalign Work?

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Invisalign® is a great alternative to braces. In traditional orthodontia, when your teeth need to be moved and realigned, metal braces and wires are attached to the teeth. These metal braces and wires shift your teeth and gradually form them into their new locations so the teeth remain in the place where they have been moved. This can correct overbites, under bites, gaps in your teeth or other dental problems. Unfortunately, metal braces can be painful, difficult to care for and unsightly. If you don’t want traditional braces, especially as an adult who needs to correct dental problems that weren’t corrected as a teen, Invisalign can provide you with a great alternate solution.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign is a program that you can get from many different orthodontists and even some general dentistry dentists. Your doctor will begin by taking x-rays and molds of your teeth. Your dentist will then make a series of molds or trays that gradually change and shift shape, until all the teeth are in the right place in the final mold. You will then wear each mold for a set period of time- usually around two weeks, depending on what your doctor recommends- and then switch to the next mold.

As you wear the Invisalign braces mold, your teeth will be moved slightly with each mold. Because of the gradual shift, there is little to no pain associated with the movement of the teeth. You may experience slight discomfort in the jaw, but with no wires to put on or take off, the pain is greatly reduced as compared to standard braces. Eventually, by moving to different molds from week to week, you will achieve the look you want and need.

The major benefits of invaslign are not only the reduced level of pain, but also the fact that the trays are removable and invisible. This means you can brush and floss your teeth after removing the trays, which you can’t do with braces (resulting in your teeth sometimes being discolored with braces in the spot under where the metal pieces and wires were). You also do not see the invaslign trays when you wear them, so no one need to know you are wearing braces or correcting your teeth.

Because you are making regular visits to the dentists, invaslign may be more expensive than standard braces, so you will want to discuss costs with your dentist or dental professional before choosing invaslign.

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