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How Does Invisalign Move Teeth?

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Invisalign. If your child needs braces, they may feel apprehensive and self-conscious about the whole ordeal. They may worry about the embarrassment of food getting trapped in their teeth and braces, and as a parent, you may be concerned about their ability to keep their teeth clean for the duration of the orthodontic treatment. For parents and kids who are facing these concerns, using clear aligners for orthodontic treatment may be an excellent solution.


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What Are Clear Aligners (Invisalign)?

Invisalign is the brand name of clear plastic trays called orthodontic aligners. The aligners are custom fit to the shape of the patient’s teeth. These trays resemble the plastic retainers that you may have used if you are an adult who had braces as a child. However, these aligners differ in one important aspect. While retainers are perfect molds of your teeth to keep them from moving, clear aligners are slightly different than your teeth so that the teeth shift little by little to fit the tray.


How Do Clear Aligners (Invisalign) Work?

Every set of teeth is different, so no two orthodontic plans are identical. However, in most cases, the patient visits the orthodontist every 8-10 weeks to get a check-up to make sure the teeth are moving as they should.  The orthodontist will deliver more sets of the aligners as needed. Each set of trays is specifically designed by the orthodontist to move the teeth into the right positions. Hence, this process may take any length of time depending on the specific case.

The aligner is made of molded, clear plastic, and they have to be worn 22 hours every day!  This is THE KEY to success using aligners! They should ideally be removed while eating or drinking, and the patient must remove them to clean the aligners and the teeth after every meal. The aligners can stain if they come into contact with food particles in the mouth, so good dental hygiene is important.

What are the Advantages of Clear Aligners (Invisalign)?

Above all, the main advantage of this type of treatment is its cosmetic value. While traditional braces are more obvious when the person wearing them smiles, this type of orthodontic treatment is almost invisible. Most people won’t even notice that the person is wearing the trays. This is a great option for adults who are trying to correct orthodontic problems and don’t want to advertise their braces. Teens who may be extremely self-conscious may also prefer this kind of treatment.

Orthodontic treatment with aligners allows the patient to keep teeth and the device cleaner than traditional braces because they can be removed. Patients remove the trays, clean them, brush and floss the teeth, and then replace the trays. In contrast, conventional braces cannot be removed until the end of the treatment, so it is necessary to use special tools to keep the brackets and wires clean.

Unlike traditional braces, this method eliminates the need for braces and wires in the mouth. Patients don’t have to worry about wires or braces breaking and causing problems. Patients can eat what they want without worrying that they will break a bracket or dislodge a wire.


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Nease & Higginbotham Orthodontics has multiple facilities in South Carolina, located in:

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