How Do Invisible Aligners (Braces) Work?

Invisible aligners are clear retainers that straighten and align your smile over time. They are way less expensive and painful than traditional braces to straighten teeth, not to mention more discreet, comfortable and aesthetic. Clear-alignment treatments aren’t easily noticed by others because they are made of clear plastic or acrylic material instead of the metal wires some of us had on our teeth as kids. Sometimes called clear aligners, invisible braces or dental aligners, invisible aligners are an excellent option for those with: Crooked teeth, Gapped teeth, Crowding, Overlapping, Overbite & Underbite.

How do invisible aligners work? By using a series of clear plastic retainer sets, sometimes called trays. The trays are tight-fitting retainer sets that put low-pressure force on teeth to gradually shift them into place over time. Invisible braces companies use advanced imaging technology to create a unique treatment plan for every unique smile. It’s essential to keep clear aligners on your teeth at least 20 to 22 hours per day for them to work best. You can take them out to eat, brush and floss, but that’s about it. It’s fine to drink water with the aligner in, but avoid soda, coffee, tea and other dark liquids that might stain the retainer. Some clear-aligner wearers experience unintentional weight loss due to the hassle of removing the retainer for snacks, which many people refer to as the “Invisalign diet.”

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