How Does Invisalign® Work?
After an evaluation visit to determine whether a patient is a candidate for Invisalign®, our team will conduct a Record's Appointment where we take digital impressions, radiographs and patients photos.
Using these, Invisalign® will use its unique computer imaging system to create a series of Invisalign® clear aligners, which will replace the standard bracket and wires of conventional orthodontics.
The first in the series of clear retainers will fit the patient's teeth as they exist at the beginning of treatment. Each successive retainer will exert forces which will move teeth to the position where the next retainer can take over. The patient must wear each removable retainer for approximately two weeks. To be most effective, the clear aligners must be worn at all times – 24 hours a day - except during meals.
The number of aligners will vary from patient to patient depending on the severity of the malocclusion. The overall length of treatment generally approximates the time needed for standard orthodontics. 80% of Invisalgn treatment cases can last between 12-24 months. Our team will provide you an estimated length of treatment after your Record's Appointment.