What is Invisalign and how does it work?
Invisalign is an orthodontic alternative to braces that uses clear aligners (trays) to move teeth. A digital scan is initially taken that creates 3-dimensional images of the patient’s teeth on a computer. These images are uploaded into Invisalign’s software and Dr. Hussaini uses this software to set all the teeth and the bite precisely how he wants for each individual patient. Once the treatment plan is finalized, Dr. Hussaini gives his final approval for the case, which then authorizes Invisalign to manufacture the aligners and ship them to our office.
The aligners are delivered to the patient in a series. Each aligner sequentially moves teeth to a certain extent. The series of aligners can be likened to a staircase, where each aligner is one step that allows the patients teeth to go from the beginning at the bottom of the stairs to the finish at the top of the stairs.
The biggest key to success for Invisalign is patient compliance. In order for Invisalign to work, the aligners need to be worn 22 hours daily. The only time they are to be removed from the patient’s mouth is when the patient is eating and brushing/flossing. As long as the patient wears them as prescribed, the success rate for Invisalign is the same as braces, provided the cases are screened properly during the initial consultation appointment.