Invisalign® treatment begins with 3-D scans and models of the teeth to show the alignment issues that need to be addressed. These models are sent to the lab where the Invisalign® aligners are made. Aligners look kind of like the trays used for teeth whitening, but they're much sturdier and they fit the teeth more snugly. The lab uses special software to create another set of models that shows the way the teeth will need to move in order to become aligned. These models are used to create the actual aligners which are worn in a specific order or sequence. During treatment, each aligner is worn for two or three weeks before being “traded” for the next one in the sequence. In most cases, patients are seen in the office every six weeks or so to ensure treatment is proceeding properly. A typical treatment can be completed in less than two years.
Invisalign® offers several key benefits compared to more traditional braces:
That depends. While Invisalign® can be used to correct many types of alignment issues in both teens and adults, it's not always the best choice, and there are some issues where other types of braces are much more effective. During the initial consultation and evaluation appointment, each patient is carefully assessed to determine if Invisalign® is a good option or if another type of orthodontic treatment might be a better choice.
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