What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign uses the same basic mechanism to move your teeth as traditional braces. Constant force applied in a precise sequence encourages your body to reshape your jawbone around the teeth. The body removes bone from one side and builds it up on the other side.
But instead of using brackets and wires like braces, Invisalign applies force with clear plastic aligners designed by a computer. These aligners achieve a stepwise progression for your smile, moving your teeth a little bit at a time. Once you’ve gone through all your aligners, your teeth will be in your desired position.
With the aligners, you can have more control over your treatment. There are no tightening visits, just checkups to make sure you’re hitting the right positions for your teeth before going on to the next aligner.
Invisalign is Faster
One benefit of Invisalign is that it’s faster than it’s ever been. In the past, it had comparable treatment time to traditional braces, but now Invisalign’s treatment time has been cut practically in half thanks to numerous innovations.
Because Invisalign uses a computer to design treatment sequences, the results from each treatment can be fed in to improve future treatments. This has led to better algorithms and treatments that apply force more efficiently. At the same time, a new aligner material is better at applying the forces over time. As a result, most people can cut the time they wear each aligner from two weeks to one, essentially cutting Invisalign treatment time in half!
Is Invisalign Right for You?
Invisalign can’t do all the tooth movements that braces can do, which means it’s not always the right choice for everyone. If you want to learn whether Invisalign is right for you, please call (509) 927-2273 today for an appointment with a Spokane Valley cosmetic dentist at Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics.