Invisalign is a system of straightening teeth that has brought about a welcome change from the standard form of orthodontics. Wearing removable, clear aligner trays provides a discreet transition from an overcrowded or misaligned smile to one that is functional and attractive. This system does have certain characteristics that take some getting used to. When you know what you can expect from wearing aligners, you are better prepared to undergo treatment.
It might seem unlikely that a thin, barely-noticeable aligner tray can move teeth. This movement is accomplished through gentle pressure consistently applied as the aligner fits snugly over teeth. To that end, moving teeth into proper position does create some discomfort, which can be remedied with over the counter pain reducers.
Upon applying a new aligner, the fit will feel awkward and quite snug. A new aligner will also be a bit difficult to place and remove. This does not mean there is a problem with your aligner. Each appliance is customized not to fit teeth perfectly, so that teeth can be moved appropriately. Every new aligner is made to move the teeth slightly to accomplish the gradual perfection of the smile.
The areas that fit most snuggly with a new aligner represent those teeth that are receiving pressure at that time. Every aligner is designed to adjust certain areas, rather than all teeth at the same time. For instance, a few teeth in one area may need to be repositioned in order to create space for other teeth to move into in subsequent alignment.
Each aligner tray makes subtle improvements to the alignment of teeth, which means that you will not see dramatic transformation with each set of aligners. Based on sound orthodontic principles, Invisalign has the power to accomplish the goals set out by you and your dentist, and you will be happy with your smile aesthetic at the end of your treatment.
Dr. Mungcal and the team at Downtown Dental are committed to helping you achieve your smile goals. You deserve to feel comfortable and confident in your appearance, and Invisalign is one form of orthodontic treatment that can get you where you want to be. Contact us to see how Invisalign can improve your smile.