Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment that moves teeth without the wires and brackets of braces. Because it is so different from traditional orthodontics, many people wonder how Invisalign works. The first step is to determine your candidacy. Not every patient can benefit from Invisalign, but our Northridge cosmetic dentist can use it to treat and correct a wide range of orthodontic problems.
At your first appointment, we will map out your treatment plan. We use advanced 3D computer imaging to create a model of your teeth and plot each tooth’s movements over the course of treatment. Once we create this virtual representation of your treatment, the Invisalign lab will create your aligners. They are made of clear thermoplastic and designed to fit close to your teeth. Each new aligner then pushes gently against your teeth to guide them into the proper alignment.
Most people need between 12 and 48 aligners to complete treatment, and each aligner is changed about every two weeks. This keeps your smile moving in the right direction. Aligners are easily removed and replaced which means that you can take them out to eat, drink, brush, or floss easily. Contact us to learn more about Invisalign or to schedule your appointment with our expert in Invisalign in Northridge.