How Does Invisalign Work? Answering Frequently Asked Questions


Are you curious about Invisalign? You’re not alone. Many wonder how this tiny piece of clear plastic straightens teeth and if it can work as effectively as traditional braces. As the name implies, these virtually invisible teeth straighteners can discreetly correct a wide variety of dental issues through steady progress and movement. When you choose Invisalign, you get a customized fit: 3D technology creates an aligner that precisely fits your mouth. Then, you regularly receive new custom aligners that gradually move your teeth into the desired position.

How Long Does It Take for Invisalign to Work?

The duration of your Invisalign treatment depends on the complexity of your specific needs. However, you can expect the duration to be comparable to traditional braces. Minor adjustments can be made in a few months, while more complex movements may take a year or more.

Does Invisalign Hurt?

No matter what orthodontic treatment you choose, you can expect some temporary, minor discomfort as your teeth begin to move. Each new set of aligners may bring temporary discomfort as your teeth continue moving. However, because the Invisalign aligners are made of smooth, flexible plastic, most patients find them more comfortable than traditional braces because they don’t irritate your gums or mouth and won’t cause sores or cuts.

What Is the Invisalign Process?

The typical Invisalign process includes:

  • An initial consultation
  • A custom treatment plan with 3D imagery
  • Getting your own personalized series of clear aligners
  • Wearing and replacing your aligners as needed
  • Routine check-ups
  • Adjustments as needed
  • Retention plan (retainers, if needed)

The duration of treatment, number of aligners, and frequency of check-ups vary depending on your custom treatment plan.

Can Invisalign Fix an Underbite? Overbite?

Yes, and yes! Invisalign can effectively treat both overbites and underbites in most cases. You might need a more complex treatment plan in severe cases where the issue is within the jawbone. But for most mild to moderate instances, Invisalign can work to realign your bite.

Ready to Find Out If a Customized Invisalign Treatment Plan Is Right For You?

If you’re ready to learn more about whether Invisalign is right for you, reach out to us at Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics in Spokane, WA. Call 509-532-1111 or contact us here to schedule an appointment to get started.

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