How Invisalign Works: An Overview of the Magic of Invisalign

Our patients want the best smiles possible, and we want to deliver them.

There are many aspects of cosmetic dentistry we provide, but many of our patients want to know if their smiles can be straighter. You may have gapped teeth that prevent you from smiling your fullest. You may have crowded teeth that are embarrassing and hard to clean. One treatment gives you straighter teeth almost invisibly: Invisalign.

Bakersfield dentist Dr. Joseph Marvizi has helped many patients achieve their dream smiles. Now let’s discuss how Invisalign works its magic.

First, you’ll want to find a certified Invisalign provider that you trust. Dr. Marvizi is a skilled Invisalign provider, but if you’re not in California, ask your dentist if he offers Invisalign treatment. Many Invisalign providers will give you a free consultation to discuss possible treatment. Adults undergo regular Invisalign treatment, and teens receive some special perks with Invisalign Teen treatment. Your doctor can discuss the differences with you and your teen.

Once you’ve found your doctor, he will X-ray, photograph and mold your teeth. He will use these to generate a 3-D image of your smile. Your doctor will use Invisalign software to show you show how your teeth will gradually shift into place, and you’ll even see your expected outcome. Every patient is different, though most adult treatment times last between a year and a year and a half. Teenage patients may take a little longer, closer to average length of traditional braces. That said, teens would probably be happier with removable incognito aligners than with a mouth full of metal. Your doctor will predict how long your treatment will last based on your current alignment.

Invisalign then creates custom plastic aligners for your treatment. The plastic is clear and nearly invisible, so your friends and coworkers won’t notice they’re in place. The aligners are also comfortable to wear and BPA-free. Invisalign was designed with flexibility in mind. You can remove the aligners to eat and to perform regular oral care. During treatment your teeth will stay cleaner and healthier than they would with traditional metal braces. Metal braces make it hard for you to floss and brush, and they create many crevices where food particles and bacteria can hide. You will wear each aligner set for about two weeks, depending on your treatment plan, and then you will switch to a new set. The new set will move your teeth closer to perfection. You will only need to see your doctor once every six weeks, which is generally less often than with metal braces.

The beauty of Invisalign is that you will be able to tell your teeth are moving to their ideal positions each step of the way. You can take them out to enjoy a special date or to eat a fantastic meal. But the more you wear them, the quicker your teeth will reach their desired places.

Straight teeth will also improve your dental health, as aligned teeth are easier for you to floss and brush. The easier your teeth are to clean, the healthier they will be. Invisalign can correct gaps, crowding, overbites, underbites and crossbites. You can top off your Invisalign treatment with Opalescence in-house tooth whitening to take your smile to the next level.

Contact our Bakersfield dental office to discuss how Invisalign can help you smile confidently.

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