How Invisalign Works

While many have heard about Invisalign® as an alternative to braces, many don’t fully understand how it functions in practice. Invisalign® is a clear, medical-grade plastic that’s nearly invisible. But not only are they nearly imperceptible, they are also custom-fit for max comfort and ease. Whether it’s crooked teeth, misalignment, gaps or overcrowding, Invisalign can help correct all of the same issues traditional braces can…but without all the hassle and discomfort.

The Invisalign Process

Metal  braces typically make it nearly  impossible to see progress and use fixed wires which pull your  teeth into place over time. Meanwhile, Invisalign aligns the teeth using a series of molds which gradually create a shift in the mouth’s landscape. With Invisalign®, you’ll see your smile slowly coming into place. But, before that can happen, there’s a few important steps we need to take to best set our patients up for success. 

Here’s how the process works: 

Step 1 | Smile assessment. The first phase of the fitting process requires a thorough analysis of your current alignment, teeth shape and positioning. Invisalign® is a convenient option for a wide variety of dental concerns. Most commonly, it’s used to correct:

  • Underbite
  • Deep bites or overbites
  • Spacing/crowding issues 
  • Crossbites 
  • Basic teeth straightening 

From there, our team will custom fit your first set of aligners by developing computer-generated images and impressions taken from your mouth.

Step 2 | Fitting. Once we’ve finished your aligners, we’ll examine the fit to make sure it’s sitting comfortably and address any gaps or functionality issues if needed. 

Step 3 |  Routine Check-ups. Invisialign slowly moves your teeth into the desired positions using between 20 to 30 different sets of aligners. This requires face-to-face check-ups every 6-8 weeks to check your progress and to fit you with the next batch of aligners. Usually patients will wear aligners anywhere from a year to a year and a half. 

Step 4 | Maintenance. Then, once you’ve transformed your smile, it’s relatively easy to keep your fresh alignment by using an Invisalign retainer.

Photo of invisalign braces

The Benefits of Invisialign

Traditional braces can not only be extremely uncomfortable, they can also impact everyday activities such as eating and drinking. Additionally, while some consider the awkwardness of braces as a “rite of passage” for adolescents, many patients today (adolescent or otherwise) would prefer to skip the discomfort altogether…and who can blame them?

Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign is:

  • Removable
  • Discrete (virtually invisible) 
  • Easy to clean 
  • Makes it easier to eat

About The Art of Dentistry

Located in San Diego, CA, the Art of Dentistry dentists are consistently recognized as top in their field by their peers.  The Art of Dentistry prides itself on our highly experienced and skilled staff. We understand that, just like other artists, each specialist has their own unique talents. To take full advantage of that, we have developed a team of top specialists to work collaboratively and provide you with comprehensive care that results in a magnificent smile. We offer target skillsets, advanced technology, customized treatment plans, comprehensive restorative dentistry as well as general dentistry, and much more.