How Does Invisalign® Work?


The virtually invisible orthodontic system known as Invisalign® can often be an excellent option for teens and adults interested in straightening their teeth both comfortably and discreetly. So how does this alternative to traditional metal braces work? Following a consultation to determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign®, our experienced orthodontist, Dr. Karolyn Kopcza, will utilize a computer imaging program to custom-design a series of removable aligners intended to gradually shift your teeth into a straighter position over the course of several months.

Once created, you will be instructed to wear each Invisalign® tray an average of 20-22 hours per day for a specified period of time before moving on to the next aligner in the set. The particular number of aligners will depend on your unique needs and desires, and you will be requested to visit our office for routine check-ups to ensure your treatment is progressing as planned. Compared to the regular appointments often required to adjust and monitor traditional metal braces, these Invisalign® check-ups at our office are typically less frequent and much quicker, causing less of a disruption to your normal daily routine.

The majority of individuals are able to achieve ideal outcomes within nine months to a year, though some patients have completed their Invisalign® treatment in as few as six months. That said, the specific length of your treatment will ultimately depend on your individual needs and goals, as well as how diligent you are about wearing your aligners for the recommended number of hours each day.

Upon completion of your Invisalign® treatment, you can expect to enjoy a straighter, healthier smile that you’re proud to show off. If you have any additional questions, or if you’re interested in this innovative teeth straightening system and would like to schedule an appointment at Dental Professionals of Fair Lawn, please feel free to contact us today. Our friendly staff is more than happy to assist you in any way we can.

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