How Invisalign Works
All orthodontic treatments use essentially the same approach to moving your teeth: steady pressure encourages the body to reshape the bone around the teeth, allowing them to move. This is the body’s natural process for development and growth around the structures of the cheeks and tongue. We are just harnessing it to move your teeth where we want them. Invisalign differs from traditional braces because it applies the force with clear plastic aligners instead of metal wires and brackets.
Your Invisalign process begins with impressions of your teeth. Dr. Appolon uses this impression to design the ideal process of moving your teeth from their current position to their desired position, with the help of Invisalign’s advanced algorithms. Then Invisalign will make the series of aligners to achieve the desired movements.
You’ll start out wearing each aligner for two weeks. The more you wear them each day, the better, but you have to wear them at least 20 hours a day to get the desired results. Once we see how you respond to the treatment, we may let you reduce down to wearing each aligner for just one week, cutting your treatment time in half!
You’ll come in for a few checkups to make sure everything is going as expected, and some stages may require an appointment, but much of the time, you can just move from one aligner to the next as scheduled. Once you’ve worn all your aligners, your teeth will be straight.