How does Invisalign work? A simple explanation.

You’ve looked far and wide, in search of a way to straighten your teeth, which doesn’t force you to sacrifice your self-confidence in the process. And now you’ve finally found something that could be the clear alternative to braces

Invisalign is quickly becoming the most popular way in which to whip your teeth into straight… we mean shape, with almost ZERO interference to your everyday way of life.  While it sounds like tooth-fairy magic, Invisalign was developed through medical science and innovative technology. But how does Invisalign work? Let’s break it down right now.


How does Invisalign straighten your teeth?

Invisalign straightens your smile through a customised treatment plan based on 3D scans of your teeth. Using advanced medical technology, these scans map out the entire process of your teeth straightening journey. 

A series of customised plastic aligners are then created from this map, to gently push your teeth at each step of this process. This slight pressure moves your teeth into the desired places so, bit-by-bit, your desired smile starts to take shape. That’s right, there are no wires or metal brackets needed! Just a clear, thin casing for your teeth, which no one will even know you’re wearing. Except for the tooth fairy of course, but she’s great at keeping the ‘tooth’ to herself (excuse the pun!). 

All you need to do is change your aligners every 1 to 2 weeks and wear them for about 20 to 22 hours a day for full effectiveness. And before you know it, you’ll have a confident, straight smile

Frequently asked questions on how Invisalign works

  • How painful is Invisalign?

You might experience some tightness and discomfort when you first pop on a new aligner set, as your teeth adjust to the subtle pressure. However, this pain is usually manageable with over-the-counter pain medication. 


  • How long does Invisalign take to work?

Depending on your teeth, the number of aligners you will need and the overall time taken can differ. For most people, the entire process can take 9 to 12 months.


  • Do you get a retainer after Invisalign?

You should receive a retainer to wear after Invisalign. The number of hours required to wear it for each day will be determined by your dentist or orthodontist, but is likely to be less than the time needed for aligners.


  • Does Invisalign last forever?

You can smile, ‘cos your straight teeth will last a while. In fact, your Invisalign results should remain for the rest of your life. Given you follow the retainer maintenance schedule and aftercare tips from your dentist correctly.


For Invisalign in Perth, look no further than Claremont Dental!

With our experience in straightening smiles, we can help you elevate your confidence and increase your clarity in the process. So book your consult online now or give us a call on (08) 9383 1200 for a friendly chat.


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