How Do the Invisalign Braces Work?

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Invisalign braces work by having the patient wear a clear plastic retainer that has been molded to fit the patient's mouth and will change the position of the teeth over a period of time. Change out Invisalign retainers every two to three weeks with advice from a general dentist in this free video on dentistry and braces.

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Video Transcript

Invisalign is another type of way that dentists and orthodontists can help enhance the positions of the teeth. They're also known as invisible braces, and they're known as invisible braces because unlike the traditional braces where you have brackets and metal wires chemically fixed onto the teeth invisalign represents a set of clear plastic retainers that simply snap over the teeth, similar to a bleaching tray, and it's through these retainers that the teeth are slowly repositioned every two weeks in order to get to the end result. Typically, what happens is patient will get some, go into the office and have some special molds made and then they're sent off to the invisalign lab. It's through this lab that a clear set of retainers are made for the patient to help facilitate those movements. Typically, a patient will change their retainer out every two two to three weeks, and every time they change it represents a different type of movement that we're trying to exhibit in the mouth. It's through these retainers that we can get a good end result, similar to traditional braces. However, invisalign is a little more limited on some of the things that it can fix. Typically, we see with invisalign cases that the best candidates are people that have a small amount of crowding or a small amount of spacing. But, invisalign remains to be and continue, will continue to be a great modality for helping dentists and orthodontists fix patients teeth by altering the positions and and the shapes of the teeth.


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