Invisalign is an alternative way to obtain straighter teeth without the use of traditional wire braces. Invisalign works by using a series of clear removable aligners to move your teeth over time to the proper position to give you the smile you always wanted. Because the Invisalign® system uses clear trays it is virtually invisible to others while you straighten your teeth. Using advanced 3-D computer-imaging technology, Invisalign® maps out your complete treatment plan, from the initial position of your teeth to the final desired position. A series of clear aligners are custom-made for your teeth and are to be worn in succession as your teeth are moved by them little by little. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next in the series until the final position of your teeth is achieved. Your Invisalign® treatment time will be determined by the doctor based on your specific needs.
Like brackets and archwires are to braces, Invisalign® aligners move teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force on your teeth. The main difference is that Invisalign® not only controls forces, but also the timing of the force application. During each stage, only certain teeth are allowed to move. These movements are determined by the doctors as they map out your unique Invisalign® treatment plan.
Invisalign® aligners are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for the Invisalign® treatment plan. They have a similar appearance to other aligner trays but because they are created clear they are virtually invisible. This makes Invisalign® a great fit with your lifestyle and day-to-day interactions with others as your braces will go unnoticed. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign allows you to have the flexibility to eat and drink what you want by simply removing the aligners. Invisalign® aligners are custom-made for you and only you to move your teeth in the sequence determined by Dr. Arzinger.
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