Invisalign – An Insight
At first when you look at the Invisalign braces, you might wonder whether these thin plastic feeble-looking aligners would be really able to straighten your teeth. But believe me, they are very prompt in doing their job. In fact, they do it more easily than the conventional braces and their system is entirely different from their old counterparts. Let’s know more about them.
Just How Do the Thin Invisalign Straighten the Teeth?
You know that Invisalign are removable braces. When they fit on your teeth they produce the necessary force to straighten the teeth.
Invisalign are “Ill-fitting” on Purpose!
When you first wear Invisalign you will most probably feel that they don’t fit just right. They may feel snug or too tight. And you also may find it difficult to get them in and out. This is because these aligners are not shaped to fit your teeth. They are shaped to fit the correct alignment needed by your teeth at the end of the two-week step of the treatment.
Every Aligner is Responsible for Only One Step of your Treatment
When your particular Invisalign aligners are formed, each of them is fabricated on your personal dental cast. The teeth alignment on that cast signifies one individual step of the series of steps that will, together be used to straighten your teeth.
Every Aligner Repositions Just Specific Teeth
Because every aligner has a shape representing the future alignment of your teeth and not their current one, when it is put on, it won’t “fit right” in some parts. Enclosed in these parts are the teeth that the aligner is meant to reposition. These may be only a few teeth or may even be many. It depends on what tooth movements are called for at this step of your treatment. It is common that particular teeth are moved with some early aligners so as to create space in which, later other teeth can be moved by the following aligners.
The “Misfitting” Factor Causes Teeth to Straighten
When you wear the aligner, the “misfitting” area applies a gentle, constant pressure on the teeth lying underneath (i.e. the teeth that are meant to shift by the aligner). And slowly this pressure will direct the teeth into a configuration which perfectly matches the design of the aligner. This stage may present some discomfort. You will realize this when during the two weeks of wearing the aligners, the “misfitting” sensation will relax slowly. This is not because the aligner changes, but it is because your teeth come in the right position. When the period of wearing that particular aligner is completed, you complete one step of the several that will together bring about straightening of your teeth.
Every Aligner Straightens Your Teeth Only A Little Bit
The amount of straightening of teeth accomplished by every aligner is only a little bit. Generally, every aligner is designed to shift a chosen group of teeth by just about 0.25 millimeters, which is on the order of around a one-hundredth of an inch.
This may look small. However, after the entire series of aligners is worn (10, 20, 30 or even more) the total amount of movement of teeth accomplished is quite substantial. And that’s enough to take away a crooked smile and bring in a beautiful one!
Visit Walnut Creek Invisalign for more interesting information about invisible and other types of braces, so that you can choose the correct one suited to your teeth.