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How Does Invisalign Work?

Many people want straighter teeth, but they don’t want the ugly and often painful metal brackets that come with traditional orthodontic work. That’s where Invisalign comes in. You might be surprised to discover that Invisalign process is very simple.

Invisalign clear braces are made by taking impressions, or casts of your teeth and mouth. These impressions are then sent to a lab where a set of plastic braces designed to straighten and align your teeth are created.

When a brace is worn over the teeth, it exerts pressure on specific teeth to fix bad bites. It is the pressure that slowly moves teeth into a new alignment and straightens them. In that way, they work the same as traditional braces. Different braces treat different teeth.


clear braces to straighten teeth and correct bad bites with a San Diego dentistWhen you begin wearing an invisalign aligner, it won’t feel as if it fits right. It might feel too tight, be a little snug, or be hard to get in or take out. The reason is that the aligner is not shaped to fit your teeth. The aligner is actually shaped to fit the alignment that your teeth need to have at the end of a two week period when you are finished wearing the aligner.

Each aligner is designed specifically for only one step of the treatment. When the aligners are made they are created on an individual dental cast. The alignment on the single cast represents only one stage in your total treatment to straighten teeth.

Each aligner only moves or straightens your teeth slightly. Most treatments consist of between 10 and 30 different aligners before all teeth are repositioned and straightened.

Invisalign Clear Braces straightens teeth easily. Pop them in and take them out if need be.


Some types of tooth changes cannot be accomplished with removable clear braces alone. Sometimes the movement can be challenging, like a badly rotated tooth or an extrusion where a tooth has to be pulling another a tooth up or down into place. In order to address these types of problems, your Invisalign dentist will place an attachment on the tooth or teeth in question. By bonding a dot onto certain teeth, the aligner can be anchored in a position that helps to direct the pressure of the aligner more effectively to the affected tooth being treated.

For more information on how Invisalign clear braces can help straighten teeth and correct bad bites, call us today! Dr. Ortega and his team happily provide their services to patients throughout the San Diego, Hillcrest, and Mission Hills areas!

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