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How Does Invisalign Work?

Discover how completely clear braces can fix your smile.

When people consider the different orthodontic treatment options out there many of them are intrigued by Invisalign and how a completely clear system could shift their teeth into the perfect alignment; however, one question you may have for our Cedar Springs, MI, Invisalign dentist Dr. Andy Setaputri is “how does Invisalign work?” No, it’s not magic (even though it might seem like magic). Here’s how these aligners straighten teeth.

How Invisalign Works

Instead of using interconnected brackets and wires, Invisalign uses a set of completely clear aligners that look similar to retainers and fit over the teeth to shift them into the proper alignment. Of course, in order for treatment to work, you will need to wear your aligners for most of the day (aim for 22 hours), only removing them to eat, drink, brush and floss. You will also change your aligners every two weeks for a new pair. Depending on the type and extent of your dental issues, Invisalign treatment can take anywhere from 9 months to one year, on average.

The Invisalign Treatment Process

First, you will want to come in to see our dentist for a consultation to determine whether or not Invisalign is right for you. Dr. Setaputri has received specialized instruction to be able to provide Invisalign treatment to older teens and adults living in and around Cedar Springs, MI, with this unique orthodontic treatment.

 During the beginning stages, our dentist will take digital scans of your teeth, which will be uploaded onto the computer to map out every tooth movement that will need to occur during the course of your treatment. From this data, an Invisalign dental lab will create custom-fitted aligners, which will control the force and timing of the force to shift teeth little by little with every set of aligners. Invisalign is able to handle a wide range of dental problems including, 

  • Crowding
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite 

Are you living with a crooked smile in Cedar Springs, MI? If you want to find out if you are an ideal candidate for Invisalign then call Cedar Springs Dental today at (616) 696-9420.

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