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How Does Invisalign Work?

If you're thinking of ways to straighten your smile, there are options other than wearing the metal braces. In this post, our Village Orthodontics - Guelph team explains how Invisalign clear aligners can help to align your teeth.

How does Invisalign work?

Have you ever watched your favourite celebrities in movies or on TV and wished you could have straighter teeth, but dreaded the thought of seeing metal brackets every time you looked in the mirror? You’re not alone. Fortunately, Invisalign Clear Aligners are an option for many patients.

Invisalign clear aligners are virtually invisible when worn, are custom-made for your teeth, and contain no metal or wires that could irritate your mouth. You'll be able to straighten your teeth discreetly and treat a variety of dental problems, including:

  • Underbites
  • Overbites
  • Crossbites
  • Widely spaced teeth
  • Clicking jaws

Step 1: An In-Depth Assessment & Treatment Plan

Your dentist will perform an oral exam and assessment during your first appointment to determine whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment. If you are, your dentist will devise a treatment plan to gradually shift your teeth into their proper positions.

We'll take X-rays and create models of your teeth with a scanner before starting treatment. We keep track of your progress and record the movement of your teeth as they change throughout the procedure.

Step 2: Start Wearing Your Invisalign Trays

For your treatment, you will be given a set of aligners. As treatment progresses, these will be replaced every other week or so. Your teeth will be slightly straighter with each new aligner than they were with the previous tray (your teeth should shift up to 0.25 millimetres per tray).

The aligners are clear plastic aligners that are worn over your teeth. Following your personalized treatment plan, they will gently and gradually move your teeth into place.

You'll need to wear your clear aligners for about 22 hours per day once they're in. Brushing, flossing, and eating should be the only times you take them out. After you've removed your final trays, you'll finish the process by wearing a retainer full-time for a set period, then gradually reducing your use according to your dentist's instructions.

Step 3: A Straighter Smile

Invisalign can give you a more confident smile and straighter teeth (as long as you follow your dentist's instructions carefully throughout the procedure!). Because you'll have straighter teeth that are easier to clean, orthodontic treatment can improve your oral health and reduce the risk of tooth decay.

The dentists at Village Orthodontics provide Invisalign to many of their patients. We can help you learn whether you would be a good candidate for treatment.

Are your teeth crooked or widely spaced? Contact our Village Orthodontics - Guelph team to schedule an appointment. Or find a Village Orthodontics location near you.

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Whether you're considering treatment for yourself or your child, we have an orthodontist waiting for you at one of our seven locations across Ontario.

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