At the most basic level, clear aligners work similarly to standard braces, since both treatments are designed to move your teeth into a healthier position.
However, instead of using metal components to shift your teeth, they use clear plastic trays. Each tray is designed to fit into your mouth perfectly, and apply pressure to your teeth to encourage them to move to the proper position.
By switching through multiple sets of aligners, you’ll continue to change the position of your teeth and straighten your smile, just like braces. Contact Harmony Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics today to learn more and see if Invisalign is right for you.
Yes. Invisalign is different from other types of braces because it’s not a type of braces at all. It doesn’t use any metal wires or brackets, elastic bands, or other components to move your teeth, and it’s not permanently attached to your teeth. Instead, Invisalign is made entirely of clear plastic.
This means that Invisalign is invisible when you wear it, and will not affect your speech. It’s also completely removable, so you can take out your aligners when you need to eat or drink, or when you need to brush or floss.
However, it is important to note that Invisalign is not quite as powerful or flexible as braces when it comes to correcting complex orthodontic problems. Not everyone is a candidate for Invisalign, so you’ll need to consult with Dr. Goodman at our office to see if it’s right for you.
Invisalign, like all orthodontic treatments, is a gradual process. Your teeth move very slowly, so it’s unrealistic to expect to see results after a few weeks. Rest assured, though, your teeth are moving!
You will usually start to see a subtle, but notable difference in the alignment of your teeth after about 10-12 weeks. As far as the total treatment time goes, most patients require about a year of Invisalign treatment, but everyone is different. Your treatment time may be shorter or longer, depending on the specifics of your situation.