Invisalign aligners are designed to gently capture tension and compression forces and manipulate them to slowly and smoothly reposition teeth over time. The movement caused by Invisalign clear aligners is preceded by resorption of bone and cement, followed by the deposition of new bone. All orthodontic treatments use force to move teeth, and Invisalign is no different. Invisalign works by using custom-made aligners that put pressure on the right place to move the tooth and have a small space for the tooth to move.
As you change your Invisalign aligners each week, your teeth will progressively straighten. Each aligner tray is designed to move teeth very minimally, but with enough force to cause osteoclast and osteoblast activity. Invisalign will move your teeth horizontally, vertically and even rotate them, as needed. It is a relatively new technique involving a clear plastic aligner system that can straighten your teeth little by little until you achieve a perfect smile.
Each new aligner is designed to put pressure on the teeth to move to a certain position, and this process is repeated several times until the teeth are properly aligned. More complex cases can take up to two years, especially if your smile journey requires Invisalign refinements. At the beginning of the Invisalign treatment plan, the software will calculate the treatment time and calculate how many aligners you will need. Once you and your orthodontist are completely satisfied with the virtual representation of your final treatment outcome, scans are sent to the manufacturers of Invisalign, Align Technology, where your aligners are produced using 3D printing technology. Invisalign can fix gaps between teeth, crowded teeth, overbites, minor bites, and crossbites.
While Invisalign will certainly give you a great smile, it also plays an important role in correcting the many health problems that misaligned teeth can cause. You should make sure you take care of your teeth while using Invisalign and keep braces and teeth clean, especially after eating. In some cases, accessories or buttons may be required to help the Invisalign aligner grasp the teeth.