How Does Invisalign Work

When you want to achieve straighter teeth but don’t want those ugly metal brackets and wires showing and the discomfort that goes along with traditional braces, Invisalign can help.

Invisalign aligners are custom-made, nearly invisible aligners to correct the alignment of your teeth. This type of aligners doesn’t use metal wires or brackets; instead, it uses medical-grade polyurethane resin trays that gradually shift your teeth to its target position. Each tray is manufactured to be slightly straighter than the previous tray. Every two weeks, you’ll receive a new set. Each tray slowly moves the teeth up to 0.25mm per tray.

Invisalign Treatment Timeline

The average treatment time for adults is 12 months. But this depends on the severity of the case of the individual. For teens, the average treatment time also varies. Your doctor will work with you to develop a treatment plan for your needs. Read more about Invisalign adults and How much does invisalign cost.


Invisalign is a great alternative to metal braces, but it still has its limitations. There are cases where braces work better than Invisalign. In general, Invisalign is only geared towards moderate cases and it cannot be an effective solution for severe conditions that would need advanced orthodontic procedures to treat it.

Generally, Invisalign can treat the following:

  • Mild overbite
  • Crowded teeth
  • Gapped teeth

During your initial consultation, we’ll be able to tell if Invisalign is the right treatment for you. If you are the right candidate, we’ll take detailed records of your teeth including:

  • Digital x-rays
  • Digital scan of your teeth
  • Photographs of your teeth and face

We will send these data to the lab along with detailed instructions on how your teeth should be moved. Our in-house dentists will use advanced 3D computer imaging technology to develop a treatment plan for you. We believe that highly-skilled orthodontists are essential to the success of this treatment. It will take around 4 to 5 weeks to complete. Once the trays arrive at our office, we’re ready to start straightening your teeth.

Benefits of Invisalign

  • You can remove your aligners when you eat or drink. You won’t have any restrictions to food, unlike metal braces.
  • Invisalign is almost transparent, which means it is a perfect choice for people who don’t want to have metal brackets showing when you smile.
  • Brushing and flossing are easier because you can remove these aligners. This makes it easier to keep your teeth and gums clean.
  • You can remove the aligners temporarily when taking photos, participating in sports, or any other special occasion.
July 21, 2023
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