How Does Invisalign Work?

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Invisalign has become an incredibly popular way to straighten your teeth, but because it is still a relatively new technology, people often still have questions about it. Our dentists in Norcross, Ga., want to use this blog post to answer some of the most popular questions our patients have.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a system of hard, clear plastic trays that are able to move and straighten your teeth over time, much like traditional braces can. People tend to love Invisalign because the trays are virtually invisible and fit closely to the teeth. These sleek invisible braces contrast starkly with traditional braces, which are visually unappealing and can stick out and cut the mouth.

How Does It Straighten My Teeth?

Your dentist in Duluth will start your Invisalign journey by taking a mold of your teeth as they are now. From that mold, they will create a series of aligners which, when used as directed, will make slight adjustments to the position of your teeth. You will use each of the aligners for roughly two weeks, then move to the next aligner in the series.

How Can Plastic Do That?

It may seem like a thin, nearly invisible piece of plastic would have difficulty moving your teeth, but Invisalign is just as effective as traditional braces. Each Invisalign aligner uses a patented thermoplastic material and uses controlled force to move only certain teeth, keeping the others in place.

How Long Does It Take?

Each person’s mouth and the amount their teeth will need to move is different. Our Johns Creek dentists will be able to give you a much better estimate for your specific case, but we can tell you that the average adult’s mouth will take around 12 months to be completely realigned.

After Treatment

After you complete your course of Invisalign, your teeth should be beautifully straight. It is possible that you may need to wear retainers after your treatments. We will discuss your options with you as you get close to your treatment completion.