Invisalign's clear, removable plastic aligners straighten your teeth over a period of months. Here, our BC dentists provide the basics of how this orthodontic treatment option works.
Invisalign's thermoplastic material was developed specifically for the Invisalign treatment process.
At the start of your treatment, you will receive a series of custom-made aligners that will fit the exact size and shape of your teeth at each point of your treatment.
You’ll change to a new set of aligners every other week or so throughout treatment. During this time, the aligners will straighten your teeth gradually, until the desired results are achieved.
How exactly do Invisalign aligners move teeth?
Each set of aligners will be shaped a little differently from the previous one, based on the way the previous set moved your teeth. They move your teeth by applying controlled pressure to them. During each stage of your treatment process, only certain teeth move. This is all carefully planned by your dentist at the outset of your treatment.
How long does the Invisalign process take?
Each patient is different, but the average time frame of the Invisalign treatment process is about 12 months for adults. For teens, treatment time can vary a lot more. Ultimately, only your dentist can give you an accurate estimate of how long your treatment will take, based on your unique misalignment.
How often do I need to wear my aligners?
Invisalign orthodontic treatment is a serious commitment. You must wear your aligners for a minimum of 22 hours a day, every day, for the full duration of the treatment process. You should only ever remove your aligners during eating, brushing and flossing, and when they need to be cleaned.
Wearing your aligners for less time than prescribed will eventually result in treatment setbacks.