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A person holding a clear aligner.Orthodontics have been around for decades, which means that dental professionals have been capable of closing gaps and straightening teeth for years. However, more recent advancements in dental devices like Invisalign in Green Hills allow dentists to do this without cumbersome and often unsightly metal braces. But how does this process work? How are dentists able to shift teeth so accurately and be able to do it in less time?

Today, you’ll get to learn how it works and what technology the dentist uses for more effective planning!

The Planning Stages

Before any treatment can begin, the patient needs to schedule a consultation with the dentist in order to determine they’re eligibility for Invisalign. If the dentist can confidently say your teeth can benefit from Invisalign, they’ll take impressions of your current smile and send them to an Invisalign technician offsite. Your dental records as well as these impressions are collected so Invisalign can create a 3D model of your current smile.

Invisalign’s software, also known as ClinCheck, is used to create a 3D treatment plan. This plan maps out how your teeth will shift over time while wearing the aligners. After this plan is created, it’s sent back to the dentist not only to sign off on, but to show you so you can envision what your straight smile will actually look like. Once approved, Invisalign can begin creating a series of clear aligners that are worn for several months at a time.

How Invisalign Straightens Teeth

Invisalign is able to fix misalignment, gaps, teeth growing in different directions and even complex issues like overbites and other malocclusions. By applying gentle pressure to your teeth, aligners can push your teeth into a new position, just like traditional braces would. These aligners are custom-made specifically for you, so no aligner treatment is the same.

In the beginning, the aligners will feel tight and even a little uncomfortable at first. But after wearing them for a few days, they’ll start to feel normal; you may even forget that you’re wearing them! Just make sure to remove them when eating, drinking or practicing daily oral care. After two weeks, you’ll switch to the next pair in the series until your teeth are completely straight.

Technology the Dentist Uses

You’ll still need to visit the dentist every four to six weeks to ensure that treatment is going as planned, but impression technology can work to ensure a more successful outcome and fewer hiccups. This is assuming you stay dedicated to wearing the aligners long enough.

Technology such as the iTero scanner allows the dentist to capture images through a digital wand and send them to a computer automatically. Since human error can easily affect the impressions when using the traditional grey putty-like material, obtaining accurate images of your smile is easier for patients by using iTero’s scanner.

To get started straightening your smile, schedule an appointment with a cosmetic dentist in Green Hills today!

About the Author

Dr. Clayton Cummings earned his DDS degree from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry. Thanks to his continuing education, he can help people achieve a straighter smile in less time and with more comfort. To learn more about his practice, you can contact him through his website.