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Sep
11

How Do Invisalign Braces Work?

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Technological advances in the world of orthodontics have made the decision to get braces much easier and more attractive for adults. Such an advancement is Invisalign. Invisalign invisible braces are an alignment technique performed gradually, gently and comfortably through the wearing of a series of custom designed plastic trays, tailored just for your individual needs by your dental professional. In addition to crooked or protruding teeth, Invisalign is an effective treatment for individuals with gapped teeth, overbite, underbite, open bite, crossbite and over-crowding.

Of course, the whole process begins with an initial consultation by a dental provider who has had the proper Invisalign training, to evaluate your specific problem areas and whether or not this procedure is right for you. A digital 3-D image will be made of your teeth, from which a precise “map” of the projected movement of your teeth will constitute each step of your treatment plan.

With this same technology, your provider can show you a computerized representation of how your teeth will be expected to move throughout the process. A series of individual aligner trays will be designed based on your treatment plan and, as you progress, you will be given a new set of aligner trays approximately every two weeks. All you have to do is wear them, except when eating, brushing or flossing, about 20 to 22 hours per day.

You will need occasional checkups with your dentist, just to monitor your progress. You can expect the entire treatment to last about a year but, since you can see your teeth, you’ll be encouraged to see the improvement as it develops. Best of all, no one will know that you are having your teeth straightened, except you and your doctor.

Posted on the behalf of Sarah Roberts

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