Many adult and teenage cosmetic dentistry patients are turning to Invisalign to straighten their teeth, because they do not want to deal with the hassle of traditional metal braces. Our Orland Park Invisalign dentist recommends Invisalign for many different types of patients, because the treatment is comfortable, discreet, and hygienic. But how does Invisalign work, exactly? How does Invisalign move teeth into better alignment?
The Invisalign system moves teeth by using a series of dental aligners. Each aligner moves your teeth a little bit more. Generally, patients wear one aligner for 2-4 weeks, and then switch the next aligner in the progression.
These aligners are made out of clear plastic resin, and molded to fit your teeth. So once your aligners are in, they are virtually undetectable in your mouth.
Invisalign aligners are so effective because they:
Apply consistent and even pressure on your teeth:
Each new aligner that you receive will feel a little bit tight when you first snap it into place. That is become the aligner is applying pressure on your teeth, to make them conform to the aligner. Because Invisalign aligners cover the fronts and backs of your smile, they are very effective at shifting teeth quickly.
Apply constant pressure to your teeth:
In order for Invisalign treatment to be effective, patients need to wear their aligners all day everyday—taking them out only to eat and clean their teeth. Constant pressure causes your teeth to move quickly. If you fail to wear your aligners all the time, you will notice that your treatment takes much longer.
Invisalign treatment can help you achieve your dream smile without unsightly and uncomfortable metal. To learn more about this cosmetic dentistry option, or to schedule a consultation with our dentist, give our Tinley Park Invisalign dentist a call today!