Invisalign is a popular alternative to traditional braces among teens and adults due to its convenience, discretion, and effectiveness. Despite its increasing prevalence, many still question how Invisalign works, who is a good candidate, and how long it takes.
What is Invisalign?
Unlike conventional braces, which use wires and metal brackets to move teeth, the Invisalign orthodontic system consists of a series of thermoplastic trays. Each set of aligners is worn for one to two weeks before being replaced with the next set in the series, gradually moving the teeth into their desired position.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign trays apply gentle pressure to move teeth into the correct position gradually. The treatment begins with a consultation with a dentist, who will evaluate your teeth and gums and use an intraoral camera to create a digital 3D model of your mouth.
The dentist then uses the 3D models and Invisalign software to plan your treatment, including how your teeth will move along the periodontal membrane. The treatment plan is sent to an off-site lab where your custom aligners will be fabricated.
Who is a Good Candidate for Invisalign?
According to a 2020 study, Invisalign has an average movement accuracy of 50%. While it is highly effective for patients with mild to moderate malocclusions, some orthodontic conditions may preclude you from receiving treatment. Ideal candidates include:
- Adults and teens with mild to moderate dental misalignments. If you have slightly crooked teeth, overcrowding, and gaps between teeth, Invisalign is an excellent option. However, Invisalign is not recommended for patients with a severe overbite, underbite, or jaw misalignment, as these issues may require more extensive orthodontic treatment. You may also be ineligible for Invisalign if your teeth are rotated more than 20°.
- Patients who are committed to treatment. Invisalign aligners must be worn for a minimum of 22 hours a day, and patients must be willing to follow their provider’s instructions for proper wear and care, including cleaning the aligners daily and maintaining a good oral hygiene routine.
- Patients who prefer a discreet treatment option. Conventional orthodontic treatments are highly noticeable and can make patients feel self-conscious when speaking or eating. Invisalign trays are clear and almost invisible while you are wearing them. This makes them an excellent option for adults and older teens who want a more discreet straightening treatment.
How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Take?
Several factors determine the total length of treatment. These include the severity of the orthodontic issues, the patient’s age, and how well they follow the treatment plan. Patients who wear their aligners as directed by their Invisalign provider can expect to achieve a straighter smile between 6 and 18 months.
Straighten Your Smile With Aurora Dental Group
At Aurora Dental Group, our experienced Invisalign providers are committed to providing personalized, high-quality care to every patient. We take the time to evaluate each patient’s unique dental needs and create a customized treatment plan to help them achieve their smile goals.
If you are ready for a straighter smile, schedule a consultation with Aurora Dental Group today.