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How Does Invisalign Work?

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About Dr. Peter Zwier

For over 30 years, Dr. Peter J. Zwier has been providing a broad range of general and cosmetic dental services to Grand Rapids, meeting the needs of your whole family in one convenient location. Your oral health is extremely important to your body’s wellbeing, and a beautiful smile is a wonderful asset at any age.

Perhaps you have heard of Invisalign aligners, a breakthrough treatment when it comes to straightening the teeth. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign does not require any brackets, and are even removable, while still offering an improvement in your smile over time. However, how does something like this work to offer the same results as braces?

How it Works

Invisalign trays are designed to be invisible, and are made up of smooth, clear plastic. These trays are created after X-rays, pictures, and impressions are made of your teeth to create a precise model of your smile. Patients will need to wear their aligners for 22-24 hours a day for 6-18 months to see best results.

When opting for Invisalign, however, be sure to understand that the results you see will depend on how often you wear your aligners. Like braces, you will need to attend follow-up visits for your Invisalign every 4-6 weeks. Also, if you do not wear them as directed, they will not work. If you know that you will not wear your Invisalign aligners as much as you should, you might be better off opting for traditional braces.

Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign aligners offer many benefits. First, they are almost completely invisible, so they are not noticeable when worn. They are also removable, so you can remove them when eating or brushing your teeth to ensure comfort. Compared to traditional braces, they tend to more comfortable, as the aligners are made of smooth plastic that will not irritate the gums and cheeks the way some brackets might.

Overall, a consultation with Dr. Zwier can help to determine if Invisalign aligners are a good match for you. If you are interested in learning more about this treatment option, contact our office or give our Grand Rapids office a call today at 616-942-2870.