How Does Invisalign Move Teeth?
If you’re looking for a discreet orthodontic solution in Irvine, Invisalign might be a great option for you. It’s likely that you have a lot of questions about the process, and we are happy to answer those questions for you.
After all, this system probably seems too good to be true. Invisible braces that gently move your tooth into proper alignment without anyone ever knowing? How is this possible?
It’s actually a simple process. The main goal is not that different from the idea behind traditional bracket-and-wire braces: gentle and constant pressure is used to move and direct your teeth. Unlike bracket-and-wire braces, however, Invisalign uses clear aligners made of a smooth, BPA-free thermoplastic specially developed for Invisalign.
Your aligners are custom made for you from impressions and images of your teeth. Dr. Robertson will plan out your entire treatment, and the aligners will be made accordingly.
We’ll provide you with your full series of aligners, and then you’ll wear them in order, changing them out as directed by Dr. Robertson. Each aligner fits snugly over your teeth and is slightly different than the one before it. When you change aligners, the new aligner will feel slightly “off” at first. This is because the plastic is putting pressure on your teeth so that they will move toward the correct alignment. This isn’t done all at once, but gradually in small movements.
During each stage of treatment, only certain teeth will need to move. For instance, if we are correcting overlapping front teeth, we will first need to create space for those teeth by gently shifting your other teeth. Once space is created, the design of the aligners will allow for focus on the front teeth so that they can comfortably move into the correct position. Because the movements are small and precisely planned, your treatment is comfortable.
Is Invisalign Right for Me?
Invisalign can treat a range of common dental misalignments, but it’s not right for everyone. In some cases, particularly when malocclusions (bite problems) are present, traditional braces may be more appropriate.
To find out, call our Irvine CA dental office today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Robertson. He will examine your teeth and discuss your goals and concerns with you to determine the most appropriate option for you.