When patients of our dentist in Agoura Hills learn they require orthodontic work, they often immediately express their interest in Invisalign treatment. While many consider traditional braces a treatment to be avoided at all costs, many also do not know about the specifics of Invisalign. Our dentist likes to ensure patients that Invisalign does work, and about the specifics of how it works.
Traditional braces use brackets and wires to pull the teeth into place. Invisalign, conversely, uses aligners to push the teeth. Aligners look and fit around the teeth just like mouth guards that you might wear during high contact sports. They work by applying consistent pressure to the teeth. They will fit a little tight, because they are shaped closer to where your teeth should be. Patients will move on to new aligners about every two weeks. Each one will be shaped a little more like how the arches should be shaped than the last ones.
Our Invisalign dentist in Agoura Hills reminds everyone that the treatment will work with the right level of participation. The aligners must be worn for at least twenty-two hours a day for full effectiveness. Less than this, and the teeth may not be exposed to enough pressure to see results on time.