How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign is currently one of the most popular choices for tooth straightening currently available, and an excellent alternative to traditional metal braces. They are clear, less painful, and gentler on your teeth when used correctly, designed to address crooked teeth and problematic smiles with state of the art technology.
For decades, traditional metal braces have been the norm. But thanks to the technology behind Invisalign, you can now straighten your teeth with an effective, gradual system that requires no permanent, bulky metal brackets.
The Technology Behind Invisalign
Once you are a candidate for Invisalign, the process begins. First, records are taken of your teeth, including their location, their appearance, your bite, and more. All of these records are designed to create the Invisalign system. The next steps are as follows:
- 3D Images – Records are sent to the creators of Invisalign, Align Technologies, for digital imaging. All impressions are put through a computed tomography scanner, and a 3D model of your lower and upper teeth will be created from the data.
- ClinCheck – The model will then be sent to a trained technician at Align Technology that will create an animation of your teeth using software known as ClinCheck. This will be used by Dr. Rashidi of Remarkable Smiles to be detailed and customized so it is the right treatment plan for your teeth. Very important to note, this is the step where having a specialist (orthodontist) whose sole practice is straightening teeth makes a big difference in your treatment versus having it done by a general dentist.
- Molds – After Dr. Rashidi approves of the treatment plan, Align will create the appropriate number of see through dental casts. Each cast is designed to move your teeth a small amount. The exact number of casts created reflects the degree of complexities with your tooth straightening needs.
Once the aligners have been created and have been sent to Dr. Rashidi, you will then start the treatment process.
How the Aligners Work
The aligners all have small, incremental differences in where your teeth appear on the molds. When you place an aligner on your teeth, it will put pressure on specific spots and the tooth will adapt by moving slightly in the direction of the pressure. After 1 or 2 weeks, the teeth will be in the correct spot for that aligner. You will then put on the next aligner, which will have the next small, incremental change.
By the time you are done with your treatment, your teeth will be straighter, and in the correct location to improve your smile. If you’re ready to get started with your Invisalign treatment, call Remarkable Smiles today at (949) 770-8011.