The aligners are completely clear and virtually invisible while they’re worn. Patients receive a set of aligners that are custom-made specifically for their needs and their mouth shape. The aligners are worn in a specific sequence to help teeth move into their ideal positions.
Once the patient is determined to be a good candidate for Invisalign, the treatment will begin with the team scanning the teeth. This scan will be sent to a lab. A special software will create three-dimensional models of the mouth based on your unique scan, showing the movements the teeth will need to make to shift into the proper positions. The series of aligners will then be created out of strong, medical-grade plastic based on these models.
During the treatment, you wear each aligner for 1-2 weeks before swapping it out for the next one in the series. You visit Dr. Rapal about once every six weeks so she can ensure the treatment is progressing well. Most patients can finish their treatment within six months to a year.
That depends in part on personal preference. Invisalign does offer several benefits compared to traditional braces. For instance, the clear plastic aligners are smooth, so no sharp brackets or wires will irritate gums and other soft tissues. The aligners are removable, so it’s easier to brush and floss teeth, and they can be removed when the patient eats, so the patient doesn’t have to worry about dietary restrictions. Plus, because they’re clear, they’re very difficult to detect. And finally, since they’re custom made, treatment can often be completed more quickly compared to traditional metal braces.
Invisalign can be used to address most alignment issues, but they’re not ideal for everybody. To determine if Invisalign is a good choice, people should schedule an appointment so they can be evaluated.