Invisalign aligners are made of a strong proprietary plastic which has sufficient force to move your teeth into a desired position. Each set of aligners used will gradually move your teeth into a new position, and then that set of aligners would be discarded, so the next set can accomplish additional movement. By repeating this process with several sets of Invisalign aligners, it will be possible to reach the optimal position originally mapped out by your dentist. This will generally take several months, but it usually requires less time than conventional metal braces.
Having Invisalign braces installed will be much more beneficial for young dental patients who are concerned about being teased by friends. Since these braces are virtually invisible, no one will notice them in place without looking pointedly at a patient. However, they are extremely effective and will accomplish all the movement planned in a matter of several months. They are also much less intrusive to wear than traditional metal braces, because there are no wires or rubber bands required.
To be as effective as possible, Invisalign aligners must be worn for the majority of any day, perhaps 22 hours worth. However, they can be removed for special occasions, or for meals when you would be eating and drinking. They can also be taken out for brushing and flossing, but they should be kept in place while you’re sleeping. Even while sleeping, the aligners are at work to accomplish their task of moving teeth into a desired position. You can find out much more about Invisalign aligners at our Leesburg, VA clinic, the Lansdowne Family Dental center.