How does Invisalign work?
One of our professional dentists will start by taking a mold of your teeth, which will be used to create a digital scan. This scan will be used to create your treatment plan. This will allow you to see “before” and “after” pictures before treatment even starts- which means you and your dentist can see the predicted outcome and discuss your options. Your aligners will be created from the scans.
Some patients need to have their teeth filed as part of the treatment process, which gives your teeth some room to shift by creating tiny spaces between them. Filing may also even out some cosmetic imperfections.
Each aligner is customized for your teeth and shaped in such a way that it applies pressure in the most appropriate places to push them into alignment. The aligners must be worn for at least 22 hours a day. They can be removed for eating/drinking and oral hygiene.
Depending on your situation, you will need to switch to a new set of aligners every 1 to 3 weeks. However, unlike traditional braces, you will not need to come into the office that often. We only need to check your progress every 4 to 6 weeks.
How long does Invisalign take?
Typically, Invisalign takes 12 to 18 months- with some patients seeing full results within 6 months. Very few patients go beyond 18 months, and most patients begin to see results with the very first set of aligners within 2 weeks.
This timeline is much shorter than with traditional braces, which is usually 24 to 36 months or more.
Can Invisalign fix overbite?
Yes, Invisalign has been proven effective at correcting mild to moderate overbites. If a patient has a severe overbite, traditional braces may be recommended. Invisalign typically takes less time than traditional braces to correct an overbite, but rubber bands may need to be used to achieve treatment goals. For best results, the aligners must be worn as recommended. For any orthodontic treatment, you’ll need a customized treatment plan for your situation.
Can Invisalign fix Underbite?
Yes, Invisalign is effective at correcting mild to moderate underbites that involve misalignment of the bottom teeth. However, if the underbite is due to the lower jaw being too far forward, the patient may require surgery along with Invisalign or other orthodontic treatment.