What is Invisalign®
Invisalign® is an alternative to wire braces that uses transparent, incremental aligners to adjust teeth. It is manufactured by Align Technology, a multinational medical device company headquartered in San Jose, California. The Invisalign® treatment process involves taking a scan of the patient’s teeth that is used to create a computerized model. Using Dr. Odhner’s treatment plan, the computer model creates stages between the current and desired teeth positions that are used to individual aligners.
How Does Invisalign® Work?
Whether using traditional braces or clear aligners, the mechanisms of how teeth move are still the same: gentle, continuous forces are used to activate cells in our mouth to undergo healthy bone turnover which allows the teeth to move to a new position in the bone.
Invisalign® uses a series of separate clear trays that are worn all the time, day and night, except for eating and brushing. The trays are changed roughly once a week and designed to place gentle force on the teeth to slowly shift them into a new position. Additionally, small attachments are added to the certain teeth, see below, which allow the trays to grip the teeth better.