How Does Invisalign Work

How Does Invisalign Work?


Invisalign is the most advanced technology in orthodontic treatment. This system uses a different method than braces in order to achieve the same results. 

Are you considering Invisalign treatment for yourself or your child? If so, you may be wondering how Invisalign works. Here’s an overview of the Invisalign treatment process to help you understand it and determine if it is the right option for you. 

Invisalign Technology 

Invisalign uses clear plastic trays that fit over the teeth, called aligners. A complete treatment plan consists of a series of aligners, each slightly different from the last, to gradually shift the teeth into the desired placement. You wear each aligner for about 2 weeks, then switch to the next in order. Once you have progressed through the entire set, your treatment should be complete and your teeth will be in proper alignment. 

Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign treatment offers many benefits: 

  • Invisible. The aligners are made of clear plastic that essentially vanishes when placed over the teeth, giving you a discreet option for orthodontic treatment. 
  • Comfortable. The aligners are smooth and won’t irritate the soft tissues of your mouth. They shift the teeth gently, reducing discomfort. 
  • Convenient. The aligners are removable, allowing you to eat without restrictions and clean your teeth without any special tools or techniques. 
  • Efficient. Invisalign treatment is often shorter than other orthodontic treatments. Treatment time averages from 6-18 months. 

The Invisalign Process 

The process for Invisalign treatment is as follows:

  • Consultation. The first step in the process is a consultation to discuss Invisalign and determine if it may be the right orthodontic treatment option for you. 
  • Evaluation. If you wish to proceed with treatment after the initial consultation, the next step is an evaluation of the current position of your teeth and bite to determine if you are a candidate for Invisalign treatment. 
  • Impressions. If you are an ideal candidate for Invisalign, digital impressions (images) will be made of your teeth that are entered into the Invisalign software. 
  • Treatment planning. Your custom treatment plan is designed with the expertise of your dentist and the Invisalign software. Your aligners are created in a lab and shipped to your dentist. 
  • Treatment execution. Once your aligners are received you can begin wearing them according to your dentist’s instructions. You will have periodic monitoring appointments to ensure that your teeth are progressing according to your treatment plan. 
  • Retention. Once your treatment is complete, you will need to wear retainers for a period of time to keep your teeth in their new position. You may need to wear them all of the time for a while, then just at night. 

Are You a Candidate for Invisalign? 

Invisalign is effective for mild to moderate orthodontic conditions. However, not everyone is a candidate for Invisalign. Invisalign can correct crooked teeth, crowding, gaps between teeth, overbite, and other moderate bite misalignments. But severe cases may need to be treated with braces. 

Schedule an Invisalign Consultation Today 

If you think Invisalign may be the right orthodontic treatment option for you or your child, schedule a consultation with Glassman Dental Care today. We are a top Invisalign provider in Manhattan, helping patients improve their smiles and their dental health. 

To learn more, call 212-787-4860 or contact us today to schedule an appointment. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign

Does Invisalign cost more than braces?

The cost of Invisalign is comparable to the cost of braces. The exact cost of treatment depends on your individual needs. If your dental insurance includes coverage for orthodontic treatment, Invisalign typically qualifies. 

Is Invisalign as effective as braces? 

If your dentist evaluates your teeth and determines that you are an ideal candidate for Invisalign, this treatment would be just as effective for you as braces would be. Invisalign is capable of achieving the same results, but through a different method.