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How Does Invisalign Treatment Work?

February 29, 2024
How Does Invisalign Treatment Work

Invisalign is a treatment that straightens teeth. It serves both a cosmetic and an orthodontic purpose. Depending on your goals, Invisalign may be right for you. 

Are you considering Invisalign? If so you may be wondering how it works. Here’s an overview of the Invisalign treatment process to help you decide if it is the best treatment option for you. 

What is Invisalign? 

Invisalign is a teeth straightening system that uses clear plastic aligners to shift the teeth into the proper position. The aligners are virtually invisible on your teeth, allowing you to straighten your teeth discreetly. They are worn like retainers so you can take them out when you eat and clean your teeth. 

The Invisalign Treatment Process

The Invisalign treatment process involves the following steps: 

  1. Consultation. The first step in the Invisalign process is a consultation to discuss the treatment and determine whether or not you are interested. 
  2. Evaluation. If you are interested in Invisalign, the next step is an evaluation of the current position and health of your teeth and mouth to determine if you are a candidate for Invisalign. 
  3. Collecting images. Digital scans of the teeth are used to create images that will determine what movements will be required to shift the teeth into the desired position. 
  4. Planning treatment. Computer software is used to create a treatment plan that is specifically designed for your teeth to achieve the necessary results. 
  5. Creating your aligners. A set of aligners will be made according to the information from the computer system and shipped to your dentist’s office. 
  6. Carrying out treatment. You will be instructed to wear each aligner for about 2 weeks, then switch to the next in order until you have worn all of your aligners. 
  7. Monitoring. Periodic monitoring appointments will ensure that treatment is progressing according to the plan. 
  8. Retention. Once the teeth are in the desired final position, retainers will need to be worn to maintain your results. 

Are You a Candidate for Invisalign? 

Invisalign is capable of treating most common orthodontic issues, but it is not always the ideal treatment for everyone. Invisalign works best for mild to moderate orthodontic cases, including overbite, crooked teeth, crowding, gaps between teeth, and more. But in cases where bite misalignment is severe or the teeth need significant rotation or movement within the jaw, Invisalign may not be effective. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign

How long does Invisalign treatment take? 

Invisalign treatment takes an average of 6-18 months. The exact timeframe of your treatment will depend on your individual case. Most patients will be able to complete their treatment in a year or less. 

Is Invisalign covered by insurance?

If your dental insurance plan includes coverage for orthodontic treatment, Invisalign should qualify. Contact your provider for specific information about your plan and orthodontic coverage. 

Bronxville Family Dental Provides Invisalign

One of the biggest benefits of Invisalign is that it doesn’t require a trip to an orthodontist. Many dental practices now offer Invisalign, including Bronxville Family Dental. Invisalign does not require the expertise of an orthodontist because the aligners are created in a lab and the patient only needs to wear them according to instructions. 

If you’re interested in Invisalign, call 914-337-8430 or contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment. 

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