How do Invisible Aligners Straighten Teeth?

We meet with many patients who are interested in straightening their teeth or correcting their bite. The only problem is, they really don’t want metal in their mouth. Braces are effective, but many adults don’t like the way they look and the wires can make it very difficult to keep your teeth clean.

But if your bite is not right or if your teeth are crooked, it is important to correct them. Not only will they look better, they’ll also promote better oral health and could prevent TMD, chipped teeth, and more.

If you need to straighten your teeth, invisible aligners provide a great alternative to metal braces. They provide several benefits, including:

  • They are nearly invisible – most people won’t notice you are wearing them
  • They are easy to remove for special occasions or meals
  • You can eat what you want
  • They make it easy to keep your teeth clean
  • Treatment can be as short as 10 weeks and is rarely longer than 24 months
  • They are less painful than metal braces

How Invisible Aligners Straighten Teeth

The process of straightening teeth is actually very simple. The Invisalign website describes 5 easy steps:

  1. Talk to your Dentist or Orthodontist – Invisible aligners aren’t right for everyone, which is why it’s best to start by talking with your oral care provider. We’ll discuss your goals, look at your current situation, and determine if you’re a good candidate for treatment.
  2. Customized Treatment Plan is Created – Your dentist will take x-rays, pictures and impressions of your teeth, which are then used to create a treatment plan. Your dentist will show you a virtual representation of how your teeth will move with each stage of treatment and provide an amount of time for treatment.
  3. Receive Your Custom Aligners – Your treatment plan will be sent to the lab where they will create a custom aligner for every two weeks you require treatment. Once they’re ready, you’ll pick them up from the dentist office and be taught how to wear them and keep them clean. For best results, you should be wearing them 20-22 hours per day, only removing them for meals, brushing, and flossing.
  4. Change Your Aligner Every Two Weeks – Each aligner will shift your teeth a small amount. The process of shifting them takes about two weeks, so once your teeth are in place, it’s time to change aligners so they can move a bit more. This will keep you on pace with your treatment plan and ensure your straightened teeth are finished on time.
  5. Celebrate Your New Smile – It’s that easy! After you’ve used all of your aligners, your teeth will be looking straight and your bite will be corrected. Your dentist might recommend you wear a retainer to keep them straight.

Are Invisible Aligners Right for You?

Invisible aligners can treat many oral issues, including:

  • Gaps between teeth
  • Overbite (where the upper teeth bite over the lower teeth)
  • Underbite (where the lower teeth stick out ahead of the upper teeth)
  • Open bite (where some teeth cannot properly touch each other)
  • Overly crowded teeth (where there isn’t enough room for all of your teeth)
  • Crossbite (where both the lower and upper teeth are misaligned)

As you can see, invisible aligners can treat quite a few different cases, but they aren’t for everyone. Although the aligners can treat the issues listed above, it usually isn’t a sufficient treatment for severe bite or crowding issues.

In addition, we only recommend this form of treatment for adults or older teenagers; younger children tend to be too complex because their teeth are still growing.


How Can I Straighten my Teeth?

If you’re interested in improving your smile and avoiding metal in your mouth, take the first step and talk to your dentist about invisible aligners. If you’re in the Cumming, GA area and are looking for a dentist with experience in providing Invisalign to correct crooked teeth, look no further than Bragg Dental.

You don’t have to wait any longer to fix those crooked teeth! Contact us to schedule your appointment. We will perform an evaluation during your consultation appointment to find out if you can benefit from Invisalign treatment. We look forward to meeting you and your family.


Sources:
Invisible Orthodontic Aligners
How Invisalign Works
Invisible Aligners for Teeth
Orthodontic Treatment for a Healthy, Beautiful Smile