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How Does Invisalign Move Teeth?

June 28, 2021
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Posted By: East Cooper Smiles
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Sometimes our patients need a little extra help attaining their dream smiles. Whether they have crooked teeth or gaps in their smile, Invisalign may be the perfect option for straightening teeth with discretion and comfortability. 

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an innovative orthodontic system that uses clear aligners to straighten teeth. The trays are custom-fabricated in sets by an Invisalign lab. You will wear each set for two weeks, and then each following set is slightly closer to your dream smile. The sets of aligner trays gradually move teeth into the desired position. 

Your Invisalign Consultation 

During your Invisalign consultation, Dr. Annan will evaluate your smile, as well as discuss your aesthetic goals and oral health needs. Dr. Annan will then determine if Invisalign is right for you and develop a treatment plan that meets your orthodontic needs, lifestyle, and preferences. 

Making Your Invisalign Trays 

Dr. Annan will take digital molds of your mouth and send the results to a trusted and highly reliable Invisalign lab. The lab will then fabricate your Invisalign trays based on the molds. Fabrication may take a couple of weeks, and Dr. Annan will let you know when they’re ready. 

When you go to pick up your Invisalign trays from your Charleston dentist, Dr. Annan will make sure they are comfortable for you and that they fit like they’re supposed to. You can then promptly begin treatment. 

Wearing Your Invisalign Trays 

Treatment time depends on each patient and their orthodontic needs. Typically, Invisalign patients can attain a straighter smile within a year’s time. However, some patients may complete treatment in less than a year or two.

The trays must be worn 20-22 hours each day for the fastest and best results. The trays can be removed to enjoy your favorite foods and beverages and to clean your teeth. The trays must be appropriately stored and cannot be exposed to heat (i.e., hot weather or hot drinks) as they can warp and lose their shape. 

Get Straighter Teeth with Invisalign in Charleston, SC 

Are you ready to say goodbye to crooked or crowded teeth? If so, Invisalign may be the solution you’ve been looking for. East Cooper Smiles provides patients of all ages with straighter, healthier smiles using Invisalign. 

To schedule your Invisalign consultation, please contact our Charleston, SC dental office today!

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