Invisalign® clear aligners work the same way traditional braces do: by applying controlled forces to teeth to move them into a better position. But they are not made of metal; instead, they are made of clear, flexible plastic. Meaning they are virtually invisible for all adult’s and teenager’s daily activities.
Here’s how it works: your teeth are digitally scanned to make custom trays to fit your mouth. These trays move your teeth from their current positions into the best possible alignment. You’ll have a series of aligners or trays that you’ll wear broken down into stages. You will wear this first set of trays for one to three weeks, for a minimum of 20 hours per day.
You will then move on to the next set of aligners in your series to accomplish the next stage of gradual movement. You will keep doing this until your teeth are correctly aligned.
Plus, the trays can be removed for easy cleaning. So you can brush your teeth after every meal so food and plaque do not get trapped in the aligners, which could promote tooth decay and gum disease. And you can ask about whitening your teeth for free as a part of the process!