How Does Invisalign work?

The Invisalign System is a series of clear, overlay templates called “aligners,” created by 3D computer scanning, which are custom designed for each patient and their treatment plan. With this technology, patients even get to see how their teeth will move and preview their smile on screen. Dr. David McIntosh maps out a precise treatment plan, including the exact movements of teeth and how long treatment will be.

Each aligner shifts your teeth slightly, moving them horizontally and vertically and even rotating them when needed. Your aligners are engineered to use the right amount of force in the right place at the right time. After approximately two weeks, patients will begin using the next set of aligners, which will continue the teeth straightening process. Then each aligner is worn for a week, at least 22 hours each day. They are removed for eating, brushing, and flossing.

With Invisalign, there are also fewer trips to our office than with traditional braces, because the alignment plan is set with no need for wire adjustments. In many cases, the Invisalign process takes less time than traditional braces with an average treatment time of about 12-14 months.

This video shows much of the Invisalign process, including the 3D scanner and computer technology, the trays and how they are produced, and the shifting of teeth.

Invisalign is an easy and effective treatment and many have seen incredible, life-changing results. If you’re considering Invisalign, it’s important to find a certified Invisalign provider who can evaluate your condition. Dr. McIntosh is proud to be an Elite Provider of Invisalign, a designation he received for his extensive experience in treating patients with Invisalign clear aligners.

Wondering if Invisalign is right for you? Contact us today for a free orthodontic exam!