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How Does Invisalign Work?

If you or a loved one are considering braces in Caledonia or Grand Rapids MI, you may be considering Invisalign aligners instead of traditional metal braces. Invisalign treatment can provide you with the same result as braces, just with a different treatment experience.

A Gradual Progression

The clear Invisalign aligners work by moving teeth into their new positions in each weekly aligner change. They are clear, and therefore much more discreet than braces, there are no food restrictions while doing Invisalign treatment. We do, however, recommend you remove them for eating and drinking anything aside from water. Some patients find it challenging to remember to wear the aligners 22 hours a day, however with excellent wear and care, comes and excellent results.

Conditions Ideal for Invisalign

Invisalign can treat almost any orthodontic condition (with the right orthodontist), including spacing, crowding, underbites, and open bites. Invisalign can be used on patients of all ages, but is more common in teens and adults. Invisalign aligners have some special tools built in to help when patients are losing their primary teeth and gaining their permanent teeth, so they can still be treated with aligners.

Conditions That Likely Won’t Work for Invisalign

If you have serious gum disease or decay, you will not be a good candidate for Invisalign treatment or orthodontic treatment until those conditions are addressed and a dental provider believes that your teeth and bone are stable enough for tooth movement.

The Step-By-Step Process

When you contact Swan Orthodontics to start your Invisalign correction, the first step will include a consultation. We offer virtual consultations, during this visit we can let you know treatment, time, cost and treatment plan. If you are interested in pursuing treatment, then we will schedule you a visit in our practice to Meet Dr. Kathryn Swan. At this visit, we will take a 3D image of your teeth, photos, and a digital scan. We will then discuss your custom treatment plan and can even show you a simulation of what your result may be.

Once you sign up for treatment, we send the 3D image to Invisalign, and work back and forth with their clinicians to formulate your custom treatment plan. With aligners, you can still have elastics to do bite correction, and we will also put some clear tooth colored attachments to move your teeth in the correct direction.

You will switch your aligners out weekly, each weeks aligners will have slightly different tooth movement programed into it, so at the start of the week it will feel snug, and by the end of the week, your teeth should be resting in them comfortably. Each person has a custom number of aligners in their sets, depending on the complexity of your case.

You will get to watch your teeth transform right in front of you! With our remote monitoring, we are able to offer infrequent visits, more comfortable treatment, and they same great result you would achieve from traditional braces!

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Dr. Kathryn Swan is a skilled dental professional who has many options for those who have long struggled with crooked teeth, an overbite or underbite, or a stiff, closed-lip smile that hides the teeth. Our office does more Invisalign that 99% of orthodontists around the WORLD. Schedule a consultation to discuss your options as a potential patient of Dr. Swan. You will be so happy you did!