How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign in Rockford Illinois is a product used by orthodontists to straighten your teeth without resorting to traditional fixed appliances, such as braces. This type of treatment works by using a suite of transparent plastic aligners, each aligner gradually bringing your teeth closer to the desired final position implemented in the simulation by the orthodontist. It is very important to understand that Invisalign is one tool among many that orthodontists use to align your teeth, the same way they use metal braces for example. Because they are so discreet, these aligners have really made orthodontic treatment possible for a much larger group of people. This is especially the case with adults who, although they wish to undergo treatment to achieve straight teeth, are not ready to wear braces that are visible to everyone. Invisalign requires the development of a comprehensive orthodontic treatment plan and the understanding of the complex modes of tooth movement: specific experience and expertise are required.
How does an Invisalign treatment work?
Invisalign basically works by moving your teeth in very small increments from where they are to where they need to be. Invisalign is an evolving transparent shell that allows you to move your teeth and correct your malocclusion. This technique was developed in California in the late 1990s. During your visits, your orthodontist will give you between 6 and 8 “shells” or aligners that you will have to change every week or two, depending on your treatment plan. Each new Invisalign shell is slightly different from the previous one, this difference causing pressure which will be able to move the tooth. The shells must be worn at least 20 hours a day, this means that you can remove them to eat and to brush your teeth. For adults it is also possible to remove them for special events, during important meetings at work, for example.
After 7-14 days the teeth will have made the movements dictated by the shell. The Invisalign aligner is then "passive" and no longer moves your teeth. It is then possible to move on to the next shell, which will be slightly different, and which will thus resume tooth movement.
Cooperation is crucial during your Invisalign treatment because if you have not worn your aligners enough you will move on to the next ones without completing the movements of the previous shell. It could cause more discomfort. With the usual you will easily recognize when the aligner is "loose", you will not feel any tension anymore.
Invisalign shells are manufactured with such precision that teeth can move at the ideal speed, allowing for quick and painless treatment. The speed of tooth movement will be the same throughout the treatment, this is one of the important differences with braces, where the movement is more jerky. It is important not to move your teeth too quickly, the movement must be physiological and respect the gums and bone.
Not all movements are performed with the same ease, it is sometimes necessary to place "clips" or "cleats", they are intended to help the shells move your teeth. These cleats are made of resin, the color of which is adapted to suit our patients so that they are as discreet as possible. The resin is the same one your dentist uses when you have cavities. Once the treatment is finished, the cleats are removed leaving no traces on your teeth.