Ever Wonder How Invisalign Straightens Teeth?
Traditional metal braces have been the go-to treatment for straightening teeth, but they can be uncomfortable, unsightly, and difficult to maintain. Invisalign®, on the other hand, offers a discreet and effective solution for those looking to straighten their teeth.
Learn how our Miami orthodontist specialist, Dr. Stephen Grussmark, can provide customized clear aligners to shift your teeth into position in less time than braces. We welcome patients from Coral Gables, Brickell, and Miami Beach, FL.
How Are Invisalign Aligners Created?
Invisalign aligners are created using advanced 3D imaging technology and computer-aided design (CAD) software. The process begins with a consultation with an Invisalign provider, who will evaluate your teeth and create a treatment plan.
Next, digital impressions are taken of your teeth using a specialized scanner. Dr. Grussmark will use these impressions to create a 3D digital model of your teeth, which is then used to design your custom aligners. The software uses algorithms to generate a series of aligners that will gradually move your teeth into the desired position.
Once we finalize the treatment plan, we’ll send the digital model of your teeth to a specialized Invisalign lab, where the aligners are manufactured using a proprietary thermoplastic material. The aligners are then shipped back to your Invisalign provider, who’ll instruct you on how to use them.
Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces
While Invisalign and braces can help you achieve a straighter smile, there are some key differences between how they straighten teeth. While traditional braces can be more effective for complex cases, Invisalign is often preferred for mild to moderate cases. However, patients find that Invisalign is much more comfortable to wear than metal braces.
Traditional braces use brackets, wires, and rubber bands to apply pressure and gradually shift teeth into the desired position. Invisalign, on the other hand, uses a series of clear plastic aligners that are custom-made to fit your teeth. You won’t need to schedule any adjustment appointments or adhere to dietary restrictions.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take for an Invisalign to work?
The length of Invisalign treatment can vary depending on the individual case, but most people can expect to wear their aligners for about 12 to 18 months. Some cases may take longer or shorter depending on the complexity of the orthodontic issues.
Do you have to wear a retainer after Invisalign?
Yes, it’s necessary to wear a retainer after completing the Invisalign treatment. This is because teeth can shift back to their original position over time if they aren’t properly maintained. Your dentist or orthodontist will provide you with a retainer to wear after your treatment is complete.
Do you sleep with Invisalign?
Yes, you should wear your Invisalign aligners for at least 22 hours a day, including while you sleep. The aligners gradually shift your teeth into the desired position. It’s best to wear them consistently to achieve the best results.
In what cases will Invisalign not work?
Invisalign may not be effective for treating more complex orthodontic issues or cases that require significant jaw movement. The best way to determine if Invisalign is the right treatment option is to schedule a consultation with your dentist or orthodontist. They can evaluate your case and help you make an informed decision about your orthodontic treatment.
Straighten Your Smile with this Innovative Orthodontic Solution
Are you interested in learning more about the science behind Invisalign? Contact our experienced Miami orthodontist today to discover how this revolutionary technology can help you achieve a straighter, more confident smile.
Our team will be happy to answer all of your questions and provide you with personalized treatment options based on your unique needs and goals. Don’t wait – take the first step towards a healthier, more beautiful smile today by calling 305-842-3672 or filling out our convenient online contact form.