How Invisalign Works
All orthodontic treatment relies on the same principles. Your body naturally reshapes bones under pressure, and the jaws are the most dynamic bones in the body. By applying constant pressure to your teeth, we can control how the body reshapes the bone, allowing teeth to move while remaining anchored in the bone.
Traditional braces use brackets and wires to apply this force. Invisalign works with clear plastic aligners that apply force. You will move your teeth into their desired positions by wearing a series of aligners, each causing a slight movement in your teeth.
Invisalign Treatment Process
These invisible, clear braces procedure starts with a digital scan of your teeth. Once we have charted the current positions of your teeth, we can design a sequence of steps that will move them into the desired configuration: a beautiful, straight smile. This sequence is sent to the Invisalign lab, where a series of aligners is manufactured for you.
When the aligners are ready, you will come to our San Jose office to have the first aligner fitted. It’s a clear plastic piece that fits over your teeth. You can have aligners on both the top and bottom simultaneously.
You’ll feel the pressure on your teeth when you pop in each new aligner. It can cause a little discomfort, but it’s usually controllable with over-the-counter pain relievers.
You must wear your aligner for 22 hours daily to get optimal results. After two weeks, you’ll switch to the next aligner. After you go through a few aligners, you’ll return to our office for an evaluation and your next set of aligners. Once we’ve finished all the aligners, you’ll have the beautiful, straight smile you desire.
After the San Jose Invisalign treatment, you’ll wear a retainer to help stabilize your teeth in their new position. At first, you might wear your retainer as much as your aligners. Then you will only wear it at night. Finally, you’ll only wear it some nights to help keep your teeth in place.