How Invisalign® Works To Straighten Teeth

Invisalign O'Fallon, MO

Invisalign® has grown to be a very popular method for straightening teeth. Individuals who have crooked or crowded teeth can greatly benefit from Invisalign as it is a simple treatment process that allows for comfortable eating and proper oral hygiene.

With Invisalign comes the need to understand what exactly is involved in the treatment process, as well as how it works.

An overview of how Invisalign straightens teeth

The following information highlights how Invisalign works to straighten teeth that are crooked or crowded. Having an understanding of how the treatment process works can be helpful to those who are considering their orthodontic options.

The Invisalign treatment process

The Invisalign treatment process is relatively simple and often perceived as simpler and more flexible than the traditional route of metal braces. Of course, one does have to be approved for the treatment because they are not suitable for everyone, and not every orthodontic issue can be solved with clear aligners.

To start, patients will visit us to be fitted for Invisalign. Unlike traditional braces, this treatment method does not require making impressions (moldings) and having that material fill the mouth. Instead, advanced technology is used to digitally scan the mouth. The scans are then sent to a lab where the entire series of aligners are printed at once. This, of course, may take a few weeks; once printed, the patient will return to us to start the process.

Similarly to braces, Invisalign does require the patient to visit us regularly. Progress will be checked and monitored to ensure that the teeth are responding well to the treatment. Additionally, new sets of aligners will be provided. Each new set matches the shift that takes place within the mouth, which is already preset during the printing process.

Typically, Invisalign is worn for six months to a year, for mild to semi-moderate cases. Those who have more complicated to severe orthodontic issues may need to wear their aligners for anywhere between a year or two, sometimes more.

Things to know

There are a few things to know when preparing to undergo Invisalign treatment. For example, discipline is key, meaning because the aligners are removable, wearers must keep them in as close to 24 hours per day, taking them out to eat, brush, floss, and drink anything other than water. Secondly, results are not seen overnight, which can be said about traditional braces too. It is important to have patience when it comes to seeing the teeth shift.

Ready to learn more from an orthodontist?

When considering Invisalign, it is best to consult with Dr. Mooney about the process. Mooney Orthodontics can perform a thorough evaluation of the teeth, gums, and entire oral cavity. This will allow for a decision to be made as to whether or not Invisalign® is the most suitable treatment option for your needs. At that consultation appointment, you can ask any questions or go over any existing concerns with Dr. Mooney. Reach out today to get scheduled or to learn more about Invisalign.

Request an appointment here: https://www.showmesmiles.com or call Mooney Orthodontics at (636) 875-1727 for an appointment in our O'Fallon office.

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