When people think of teeth straightening and orthodontics, more often than not they have images in their head of metal wires and brackets moving their teeth into place. That’s why it may seem unusual to some to find out about Invisalign® aligner therapy, which is a completely different way to straighten teeth. So how does Invisalign actually work without any braces technology?
Before we get into the nitty gritty of aligner therapy, let’s cover what Invisalign is in the first place. Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment option that uses a series of aligners, also called trays. These aligners are custom made to fit and move your teeth, and they’re made of clear plastic. Each aligner you wear is designed to be slightly straighter than the position of your current teeth so it forces your teeth to move closer to your end result. As you make your way through each aligner, your teeth become straighter and straighter.
The key to Invisalign’s success is controlled force using a state-of-the-art, patented thermoplastic design. Each aligner is designed to move your teeth in a specific way at a specific time. Only certain teeth will be moved during each stage of your treatment. Think of it this way: braces pull your teeth while Invisalign pushes your teeth.
Some cases require the placement of small attachments onto the teeth so that the aligners can grip onto them and move the teeth properly. They look like little, tooth-colored bumps, and the aligners are formed around these. Not all patients will require attachments, but if you do need them, the number can vary depending on the complexity of your treatment plan.
If you’re interested in learning more about Invisalign or you’re ready to set up your own orthodontic consultation, contact our office today. The Covenant Dentistry team would love to help you make over your smile!Contact Us