What are Invisalign Clear Aligners?

Invisalign Clear Aligners are orthodontic devices made of BPA-free plastic trays that fit snugly over teeth to gently shift them into the desired position. Say goodbye to old traditional brackets and wires and hello to more comfortable and convenient braces.

How are they made?

Treatment begins with taking x-ray, photographs, a bite registration, and polyvinyl siloxane impressions of the person's teeth and gums.

The dentist completes a written evaluation that includes diagnosis and treatment plan. Dental impressions are scanned in order to create a digital 3D representation of the teeth.

Technicians move the teeth to the desired location with the program treat, which creates the stages between the current and desired teeth positions.

The aligners are modeled using CAD-CAM (computer-aided-design and computer-aided-manufacturing) software and manufactured using a rapid prototyping technique. Then the molds for the aligners are built in layers using a photo-sensitive liquid resin that cures into a hard plastic when exposed to a laser.

Invisalign Pros

It’s nearly invisible, so it’s not obvious when you smile

Easy to remove when eating or cleaning your teeth

Usually doesn’t take any longer to complete treatment than normal braces, and may even be faster

Requires fewer visits to the dentist’s office

Moves teeth more gradually than traditional braces, which may lead to less discomfort