How Does Invisalign Work?

invisalign worksPeople who are accustomed to thinking of metal braces as the only means of straightening teeth are often a bit bewildered when they see Invisalign clear aligners. How in the world can a plastic aligner work to straighten teeth? The fact is, teeth move as a result of force being placed on them, and most of the time it really does not matter if they are pulled into place using wires, or pushed into place by means of aligners.

The Invisalign Difference

With metal braces, wires provide the force. With Invisalign, each aligner is crafted to cause your teeth to move in the desired direction, in increments. At the beginning of your treatment, impressions are taken of your mouth and a full set of aligners are made. The first aligner represents your mouth as it is before treatment begins – in Position 0, in other words. The next aligner guides your teeth into Position 1, which is the first degree of correction.

Over the course of your treatment, you could wear several aligners – 30 or more, maybe, each representing a new, sequential position. The more correction needed, the more aligners you will use.

One of the wonders of the Invisalign system is that it is virtually self-monitoring. If the next aligner in the sequence does not fit correctly, it means that your teeth are not moving. This, by the way, would be a tip-off to us at Kulkarni & Fitz Orthodontics in Powell, OH, that you are not wearing your aligners 22-24 hours a day.

Similarity to Metal Braces

One thing Invisalign clear aligners have in common with metal braces is that you still need elastics, expanders, and ultimately a retainer to correct your bite and ensure that it stays corrected. Most patients find, however, that the advantages of Invisalign make it a far more pleasant alternative to metal braces. In most cases, too, Invisalign is just as effective. Severe bite problems may require metal braces, but most orthodontic patients are good candidates for Invisalign.

Contact Our Orthodontist in Powell for Invisalign

The Powell, OH office of Kulkarni & Fitz Orthodontics welcomes patients from the Columbus area. To learn more about Invisalign, or to arrange a consultation, contact us at 614-398-8197 or 740-549-3333. Our orthodontists will be happy to go into greater detail with you about how Invisalign works, and to answer any questions that you may have.