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How does Invisalign work?

Here at the Centre of Dental Excellence in Stanmore, Invisalign is a hot topic. It’s a solution to getting straighter teeth without needing to wear unsightly metal braces.

So, what is Invisalign exactly? Invisalign is an invisible, removable braces system made of clear plastic that fits over your teeth, aligning them discreetly. It is often favoured by adults whose professional careers make it difficult to wear traditional braces or by people who feel uncomfortable with the idea of wearing ‘train track’ braces.

We can help you achieve the smile you desire with Invisalign in Stanmore.

How do these plastic removable aligners move your teeth?

Anyone who has experienced wearing Invisalign can tell you, each new Invisalign aligner you pop in feels as though it doesn’t quite fit. It can feel bit too tight on some or all of the teeth. It can also be tricky to get on and off of your teeth. This is because the aligners have been made to the shape your teeth need to be at the end of the two weeks of wearing it, not the alignment you have now. It’s pressure from the apparently ill-fitting plastic trays over your teeth that straightens them, so understandably, each aligner starts out feeling somewhat uncomfortable.

The aligner journey

When we use Invisalign in Stanmore, we don’t use just one set of aligners. Invisalign works with a series of aligners worn one after another. When your Invisalign aligners are made, each one is totally individual, made to fit your teeth only. You swap out your Invisalign aligners every 7-10 days for a new set. Each time your teeth are moved by one set of aligners, you have moved one step closer to your straighter teeth.

Intelligent alignment

As we mentioned earlier, your aligners will feel as though they don’t fit at the beginning. For each aligner tray, different teeth may need to be moved. It may just be a couple of teeth, or many, depending on what is called for at that stage of your treatment plan. Individual teeth are moved in a logical series, allowing for fast, efficient movement. Traditional braces on the other hand generally move teeth all at once, which can take longer.


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