How Do Invisalign® Clear Aligners Work?

If you have crooked or crowded teeth, then you need orthodontic treatment to avoid serious complications. In the past, this meant you would need metal braces. However, we can offer patients an alternative that is practically invisible and comfortable to wear as well. How do Invisalign® clear aligners work?

Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign Clear Aligners

Question: How do you create the aligners?

Answer: To create them, we need to first take detailed digital impressions of your smile. Doing so involves taking pictures of your teeth using an intraoral camera, which only takes minutes. We will also take x-rays of your smile as well. These images will be sent to an Invisalign lab, where experts will use them to create a series of custom-made aligners.

Question: When do I wear them?

Answer:  You will need to wear them every day for between 20 and 23 hours (your dentist will prescribe the exact amount of time). To ensure you obtain optimal results in the original time frame the dentist quotes, you need to wear them as recommended.

Question: How long does treatment take?

Answer: Total treatment time will depend on the severity of your misalignment and age, as teens may require up to 18 months while adults can often see treatment completed in a year. The time of your treatment will of course vary.

Question: Can I remove them?

Answer: Yes! You can remove them before meals (which means you don’t need to avoid certain foods, such as hard or chewy ones) and before your brush and floss your teeth (which keeps your smile healthy during treatment). You can also take them out for special occasions, such as a graduation. However! You still have to make sure you’re wearing them for the amount of time the dentist prescribed. If you have any questions about the Invisalign system, then please contact our office today. We would love to help you enjoy a more even smile in 2018.

Do You Want to Try Clear Aligners?

To correct your misalignment, we may suggest the Invisalign system. You can schedule an appointment with Munilla Dental in Southlake, TX by calling 817-379-1200.