How Does Invisalign Work?

woman with Invisalign

The quest for a perfect smile!

A smile free of crooked or misaligned teeth, beaming with confidence and beauty. 

Once upon a time, traditional metal braces were the only solution. But through the magic of technology, a revolutionary product has emerged in recent years. 

This game-changer is Invisalign. It has caused quite a stir in dentistry, but what exactly is it, and how does Invisalign work? 

So let’s take a look at the fascinating mechanics of this innovative dental solution.

The Invisalign process


Your journey to a dazzling smile starts with a consultation with your orthodontist

Dr. Zuroff will assess your teeth and oral health to understand if Invisalign suits your unique dental needs. 

This assessment typically involves taking digital scans of your teeth. 

These images give your dentist a detailed look at your teeth. This helps them create a customized treatment plan for you.


Once your treatment plan is in place, the next step in the Invisalign process is customization. 

Dr. Zuroff works with Invisalign to make special aligners for your teeth using the scans and plan. 

These aligners are made from a material called SmartTrack and are almost invisible. 

They will gently move your teeth into the correct positions and are very comfortable to wear. 

Progress and adjustments

Every 1-2 weeks, you’ll transition to a new set of aligners. 

Each set is marginally different from the last, methodically guiding your teeth toward the desired result. 

This progress is monitored through regular checkups with your dental expert in your chosen dental home. 

These visits ensure your treatment goes well and any needed changes can be done quickly.

Benefits of Invisalign


Compared to traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are smooth and comfortable to wear. 

They’re designed to fit snugly over your teeth, minimizing discomfort and allowing for normal speech. 


Don’t worry about others seeing your teeth straightening! 

The aligners are hard to notice, so you can feel confident wearing them. 


Invisalign aligners are easy to remove when you eat, brush, and floss your teeth. This means you can keep your teeth clean and healthy, like always, without any extra trouble.

Plus, this means you can still enjoy all your favorite foods without restrictions, which is a major win, right?

What to expect with Invisalign


How long it takes for Invisalign treatment can be different for each person. But usually, it takes about 12 to 18 months for most people to get the desired results.

But, this timeframe relies on your commitment to wear the aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours daily.  

The more dedicated you are to follow your dentist’s instructions, the smoother and quicker your Invisalign journey will be.

Side effects

You may feel a slight discomfort or a little pressure when using new aligners. 

Some patients notice a slight lisp with new aligners and a minor sensitivity.

These side effects are typically temporary and usually fade within a week of starting a new set of aligners. 

Remember, these are signs that your treatment is progressing as expected.


Cleaning your aligners regularly is vital to keeping stain-free and keeping out bacteria. 

Moreover, maintaining good oral hygiene throughout your Invisalign treatment is essential to avoid dental complications. 

This involves brushing and flossing your teeth daily and cleaning them by rinsing gently with a toothbrush.

Is Invisalign right for you?

Invisalign can effectively treat mild to moderate dental misalignments, including:

  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Gapped teeth

However, traditional braces or orthodontic treatments may be more suitable for severe or complex cases. 

Only a thorough consultation with your dental expert can determine the right course of action for you.

Invisalign vs. Traditional braces

Invisalign offers comfort, flexibility, and near invisibility that traditional braces can’t match. 

Choosing between Invisalign and traditional braces is a decision you make with the help of your dentist. 

They will explain each treatment’s good and not-so-good aspects, so you can decide what’s best for you and your teeth. 

Talk to your dentist to know more and make the right choice for your lifestyle and dental health.

wearing Invisalign


How long do I have to wear Invisalign each day?

You should wear your Invisalign aligners for 20-22 hours each day, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss.

Is Invisalign painful?

Some people feel slightly uncomfortable when using Invisalign or switching to new aligners. 

But don’t worry; this feeling usually disappears after a few days.

Can I eat with Invisalign?

No, removing your aligners when eating and drinking anything other than water is recommended to avoid damage and staining.

How long does Invisalign treatment take?

On average, Invisalign treatment takes between 12-18 months, but it can be shorter or longer depending on the individual case.

Is Invisalign effective for severe misalignments?

Invisalign is most effective for mild to moderate misalignments. Traditional braces or other orthodontic treatments may be more suitable for severe cases.

Key Takeaway

Now you have a comprehensive understanding of how Invisalign works!

Are you ready for a better smile? Invisalign can help! 

From your first trip to the dentist to regular checkups, Invisalign gives you a comfy and almost invisible way to straighten your teeth.


If Invisalign is right for you, talk to your dentist today and book a consultation. Our team here at Zuroff Orthodontic Care will help you decide if this amazing dental option is best for you.


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