How Does Invisalign Work?

Posted Apr 6th, 2022

Are you looking to straighten your teeth without having to use metal braces? Today, our Calgary dentists explain how Invisalign clear aligners may be an option for you.

The Invisalign Process

Have you ever watched your favourite celebrities in movies or on TV and wished you could have straighter teeth, but dreaded the thought of seeing metal brackets every time you looked in the mirror? You’re not alone. Thankfully, for many patients, Invisalign clear aligners can be an ideal treatment option.

Invisalign clear aligners are hard to see when worn, custom-made for your teeth, and have no metal or wires that could poke the inside of your mouth. You may be able to straighten your teeth discreetly and treat a number of dental health issues, including:

  • Clicking jaws
  • Widely spaced teeth
  • Crossbites
  • Overbites
  • Underbites

Step 1: A Comprehensive Assessment & Treatment Plan

During an initial appointment, your dentist will conduct an oral exam and assessment to find out whether you're a good candidate for Invisalign treatment. If you are, a treatment plan will then be created for you to gradually shift your teeth into their correct positions.

Before beginning treatment, we’ll take X-rays and create models of your teeth. As part of this process, we will review your progress and record the movement of your teeth as they change.

Step 2: Begin Wearing Your Invisalign Trays

You will receive a series of aligners for your treatment. These will be switched out every other week or so as treatment progresses. With each new aligner, your teeth will be slightly straighter than with your previous tray (your teeth should shift up to 0.25 millimeters per tray).

The aligners are made of clear plastic and worn over your teeth. They will gently and gradually move your teeth into place, following your customized treatment plan.

Once your clear aligners are in, you’ll need to wear them for about 22 hours every day. You should remove them only to brush, floss, and eat. Once you remove your final trays, you’ll complete the process by wearing a retainer full time for a designated period of time, then gradually cut back your use on a schedule determined by your dentist.

Step 3: Get a Straighter Smile

Invisalign can leave you with a more confident smile and straighter teeth (as long as your dentist’s instructions are followed through each step of the process!). Orthodontic treatment can improve your oral health and reduce the risk of tooth decay because you'll have straighter teeth, which are easier to clean.

Our dentists at Orijin Integrated Dentistry can help you determine whether or not you are a candidate for Invisalign clear aligners, so reach out to us today to schedule your consultation.

Contact our dentists in Calgary today to schedule an appointment if you have teeth that are widely spaced or crooked.

Looking for a dentist in Calgary? All of our comprehensive services are provided by General Dentists. We look forward to meeting you!

All services provided by general dentists: Dr. Young and Dr. Oommen

(403) 777-2100