How Does Invisalign Work?

How Does Invisalign Work?
Posted on 03/03/2016
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With all the recent hype about getting Invisalign treatment, it might sound too good to be true. Braces that aren’t made of metal? Clear appearance to avoid social backlash? Invisalign from Pritchard Orthodontics near Yacolt, WA takes all the rules that come along with braces and throws them away. With a lightweight, sturdy plastic tray, Invisalign has the ability to move teeth around into their correct position in a matter of months. That is a huge improvement compared to the long treatment process that comes along with uncomfortable traditional metal braces. But how exactly does Invisalign near Yacolt, WA work? In many ways, it takes the same approach as traditional metal braces but without all the complicated and painful metal parts.

At Pritchard Orthodontics, Invisalign aligners are personally tailored to the patient, by using a bite imprint and several x-rays to assess and make a plan to correct your smile. Each stage is shown individually and three-dimensionally so you can get an idea of what your orthodontic treatment will consist of. Invisalign uses specialized trays that fit into your mouth unlike brackets or wires that are associated with irritating or unsightly traditional metal braces. Unless your friends stare at your teeth all day, they likely won’t even notice that you’re wearing aligners!

So now you might be thinking, how exactly does Invisalign work? The trays may not look sturdy,  and when you first put them in, they might not feel like they fit your teeth. However, Invisalign works by slowly aligning your teeth so that they fit into the plastic trays comfortably. Once your teeth fit into that specific aligner, that set of trays will be removed and new ones will come into play, and the process continues until you get a beautiful, healthy smile. The quick and simple removal of the Invisalign aligners allows you to come into Dr. Tyler Pritchard’s office less often than you would have to with traditional metal braces. During the appointment, the team at Pritchard Orthodontics will assess how treatment is going, replace your aligners with a new set, and answer any questions that you might have!

If this whole process seems a little too good to be true or you don’t fully understand, here’s a simpler explanation. First, you will have a consultation with Dr. Tyler Pritchard to determine a treatment plan and your orthodontic treatment options. Next, your first set of trays will be created and delivered. After this, you will proceed to change to the next set of trays as your teeth move into place. Once your treatment is finished, your doctor will give you your retainer to keep your teeth in place. After taking these steps, and being careful to wear your retainer for as long as you want your teeth to stay straight, then your treatment will officially be finished!

Invisalign has quickly gained popularity and become one of the top orthodontic treatments around the world. If you’re interested in getting a healthy, confident smile without the hassle of traditional metal braces, then Pritchard Orthodontics near Yacolt, WA is the place to go! If you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment with Dr. Tyler Pritchard, call us at 360.667.4111.