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The Science behind Invisalign: How It Works

Invisalign has become a popular alternative to traditional metal braces, especially among adults who want to improve their smile without the noticeable appearance of braces. But how does it actually work? 

Understanding Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on correcting misaligned teeth and jaws for better functionality and aesthetic appearance. This is usually achieved through the use of braces or aligners.

Traditional Braces vs Invisalign

Traditional metal braces use brackets and wires to shift teeth into their desired position gradually. These components are attached to the teeth and can only be removed by a dental professional. In contrast, Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners that are custom-made for each patient's teeth.

The Role of Aligners in Invisalign Treatment

Invisalign aligners work by applying consistent and gentle pressure on the teeth, similar to traditional braces. However, instead of using wires and brackets, Invisalign uses a series of custom-made aligners that are changed every few weeks as the teeth gradually shift into place.

How Aligners Are Made

The first step in getting Invisalign treatment is a consultation with an orthodontist who is specially trained in Invisalign. During this consultation, the orthodontist will take a 3D scan of your teeth and create a digital treatment plan. This plan includes moving each tooth from its current position to its desired final position.

The SmartTrack Material

Invisalign aligners are made with a patented material called SmartTrack. This material is specifically designed for Invisalign and allows for a more precise fit around the teeth. It also ensures that the aligners are comfortable to wear and can easily be removed for eating or brushing.

The Importance of Compliance

One key factor in the success of Invisalign treatment is patient compliance. Unlike traditional braces, where brackets and wires stay on the teeth 24/7, Invisalign aligners are removable. However, for optimal results, it's important to wear the aligners for most of the day and change them every two weeks as instructed by your orthodontist.

The Power of Technology

Invisalign treatment uses advanced technology to create a customised treatment plan for each patient. This not only results in a more precise and efficient treatment process but also allows patients to see a digital simulation of their expected results before starting treatment.

Invisalign has revolutionised the world of orthodontic treatment with its discreet appearance, comfortable fit and personalised approach. With advanced technology and patented materials, Invisalign offers an effective and convenient alternative to traditional braces.