How Do Invisalign Aligners Work?


People who have yet to be introduced to Invisalign might look at the aligner and see it as being nothing more than an expensive mouth guard. Little do they know that they are only looking at the tip of the iceberg; a single aligner, not realizing that a series of custom made aligners are needed to straighten and align their teeth.

How does Invisalign work?

Conventional metal braces use an arch-wire to pull teeth into position, Invisalign in Chicago push the teeth into position. Although traditional braces work, Invisalign often is the better solution due the far greater number of tooth contacts.

When you wear an aligner for the first time it will feel snug and it may be a little difficult to remove and reposition. This is the key to Invisalign, the aligners are designed to fit the position your teeth will be in, rather than the position they are in. Every two weeks a new aligner is used.

As the specific aligner represents the future alignment of your teeth, it will feel snug in certain areas. It is these teeth that this particular aligner is designed to reposition. It may be only one or two teeth; it all depends on the tooth movement that has be pre-destined for this particular stage of the treatment. Over the two weeks that the aligner is worn, the teeth which were in contact are guided to their new position. Over the two weeks that the aligner is worn it will begin to feel looser by the day, this is not a change in the aligner, it is stable; it is a change in your teeth alignment.

The amount of change produced by each aligner in the set is actually quite small, in most cases the movement is less than a quarter millimeter; about one one-hundredth of an inch. This may not seem like a lot but when you consider that the entire treatment plan may consist of 20 or even 30 different aligners the aggregate amount is substantial.

By using Invisalign in Chicago you can expect that your teeth will be perfectly straight in less time than it would take if you were to use conventional metal braces.

When you decide upon Invisalign as the method to straighten your teeth, you are getting the benefits of the most modern technology available.

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