You’ve probably heard about Invisalign. But have you ever wondered just how it works? Let’s dive right in and take a closer look at the technical side of Invisalign treatment.
Invisalign works by using predictive 3D modeling to position your teeth in a very precise sequence, from start to finish.
Before you begin treatment, your orthodontist will capture digital x-rays, pictures and impressions of your teeth. From here, Invisalign uses these three items to create a 3D model of your teeth. This establishes the pre-treatment position of your teeth to in order to map out all the stages until the doctor prescribed final position.
These stages come together to form a sequence of exact movements for each tooth. Dr.Charoenkul then looks at the steps required to create your perfect smile, such as deciding a certain tooth needs to move out of the way in order for a different tooth to fit into this particular space and what are the best position of each tooth in relation to the one adjacent.
What’s neat about the manufacturing process is that each aligner is one of a kind. Patients typically use 20-50 trays during their treatment, and each one is customized exactly to each patient during one stage in the sequence. Only through computer technology and specialized software could Invisalign have produced these aligners one by one.
How your orthodontist controls the outcome of your aligners is by making modifications to your treatment plan before everything is produced by Invisalign. Your doctor makes predictions on how everything will work throughout your treatment, with each aligner making a slight adjustment to the position of your teeth. This also helps in forecasting how long your overall treatment will take to complete.
But if you don’t wear your Invisalign aligners, it will be harder to reach each predicted position. That’s why wearing them consistently is so important – they help your teeth move gradually and gently into place over time. If you don’t wear them as recommended (typically 20 to 22 hours a day), or if you don’t change your trays every two weeks, it will be really difficult to accomplish the position you want and you could end up extending your treatment.
Also, keeping up with regular orthodontic appointments will help you keep your progress on track. Schedule your visits and add them to your calendar with early reminders so you won’t miss them. Make your appointments a priority to ensure your treatment progresses on time.
Lake Hills Orthodontics has offered Invisalign to patients for over 10 years, and we’re excited to announce that we’ll will soon have a new scanner that will make the entire process much easier and more accurate than ever.
It’s called iTero Element, and it offers optimized Invisalign connectivity. This scanning technology delivers a more natural fit and better patient experience. Plus, simulated outcomes can be run chairside, which allow you to visualize how your teeth may look at the end of your Invisalign treatment.
Want to find out if you’re an Invisalign candidate? Schedule your free consultation today!