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How Does Invisalign Treatment Move Your Teeth?

How Does Invisalign Treatment Move Your Teeth?

Posted by:  Admin
24th February, 2021

Millions of people all around the globe have already had Invisalign treatment and have appreciated the improvement in their smiles. At Museum Dental it is one of the treatments we are asked about the most. Traditional metal braces were the only treatment for so long that you may be curious about the treatment offered by Invisalign clear aligners and want to know how they manage to use Invisalign to move your teeth.

The science behind it

the history behind Invisalign treatment is very interesting, and we find that many patients find it comforting to know where the treatment came from so that they can be reassured of the science behind it and the fact that it has longevity.  In fact treatment with Invisalign was first created by 5 people who in 1997 founded the company Align Technology.  They were all committed to designing a new way of realigning teeth and some two years later their invention, Invisalign aligners, had its debut.  A staggering six and a half million people have been treated with Invisalign aligners since 1999 and amongst that number are 1.5 million teens. 

How do teeth move during the Invisalign treatment process?

Sometimes when experts are talking about Invisalign they will refer to the aligners that are used as Invisalign braces or sometimes invisible braces. Both of these references are correct because they are an almost invisible way to be able to correct a smile. Compared to traditional braces they are virtually invisible so that unless you tell anybody they wouldn't know you were wearing them.  They do however work in the same way as traditional braces to move teeth into position over a period of time. Although Invisalign aligners can be taken out to eat and drink and to clean the teeth and if the wearer wears them for the recommended 22 hours a day, they may even expedite the treatment time. With traditional braces there is no such ability to alter the time that the treatment takes

The basic biology

To help you understand how the Invisalign aligner can reposition your teeth we need to go back to the basics of biology.  The ligament that connects teeth to the jaw-bone is called the periodontal ligament.  This ligament has, within it, groups of fibres that also contain collagen - a type of protein.  The fibres in the ligament are what anchors the tooth into the bone below it and will attach by depositing what we call cementum into living cells that are on one side of the bone. The fibres that are on the other side of the periodontal ligament will insert into the jaw-bone. Imagine a sling around your tooth that holds it in place while allowing it to move slightly as it responds to your biting down, for instance.

Constant change

While you might think that your smile looks the same each time you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror, the truth is that it is changing despite the fact that it always looks the same.  To get a better idea of this, think of your teeth as a remodelling project that is being worked on constantly, like the Forth bridge.  Your teeth will be constantly dynamic because all their various elements are responding to the constantly changing pressure within your mouth.  They will be different when you are asleep and when you are having a meal for instance

Using natural processes to relocate teeth

The way that Invisalign treatment process works is by using what is always present in your mouth.  the Invisalign aligners will gently work with the force of tension and compression and manipulate and reposition your teeth slowly and over time. Invisalign braces sets come in two week sequences throughout the duration of your treatment. With each new set of aligners your teeth will move .25mm within the initial three days of wear.  This may sound very impressive but what it actually represents is the movement of the periodontal ligament but not any movement in the bone.  In order that your teeth can be repositioned your bone must also accommodate your teeth in their new position.  It will take around 2 weeks for the fibres in your ligament to apply sufficient cementum to attach to the bone in its new position and that is why the aligners are worn for two weeks at a time. 

No cutting corners

This has been worked out scientifically so it's important that you don't try to cut corners and that you do always wear your braces for the time that you're instructed to each day.  If you do not, then your teeth will relapse to their previous position and it will take a lot longer for you to achieve the desired result.  Generally you will need to wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day only removing them to eat drink or clean and floss your teeth.   This is how we use Invisalign to move your teeth!

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