How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign is a removable, convenient, and almost invisible way to enhance your smile.   If you’re considering Invisalign to align your teeth, here are a few questions you may have.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a series of plastic aligners specifically created for a patient.  They are often used as an alternative to braces due to their flexible and nearly invisible nature.

What Can Invisalign Fix?

Invisalign can fix a myriad of cosmetic problems, such as gapped teeth, over bite, underbite, open bite, cross bite, and overly crowded teeth.  If you’re unsure if it will help you, don’t hesitate to come see us here at Oak Park Dental, your cosmetic dentist in Madison, WI, for a consultation.

How Does It Work?

When you come in for your appointment, we will take a scan of your teeth at our office.  That scan will be used to create a 3D model of your mouth.  We will then send the data to Invisalign  technicians who will work work alongside our team to create a digital treatment plan for your unique situation.  The plans are then sent to an automated plant to create a series of custom invisalign aligners.  When they are completed, you will be given a series of aligners to straighten your smile.  Every two weeks, you will place a new set of aligners on your teeth.  Every two months or so, you will come into our office for a check up.

How Long Does Invisalign Take?

Invisalign treatments are different for every patient, but the average treatment plan lasts about 12 months.  Each set of aligners move your teeth about .25mm, so the further your mouth needs to move, the longer it will take.  The treatment will also take longer if you do not wear your aligners as instructed.

What Will I Be Required to Do?

As an Invisalign patient, you will need to wear your aligner for at least 20 hours a day, and only remove them when eating.  Due to their removable nature, you are not restricted from any foods while being treated like you would if you had braces.  You will need to brush your teeth thoroughly after eating to ensure that food does not become trapped between your teeth and your aligners.  You can drink while wearing the aligners, but it is recommended not to drink anything that may stain the aligners or is very hot, as the temperature can cause them to warp.


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