How Does Invisalign Work?

How Does Invisalign Work?


Traditional metal braces are one of the best ways to straighten out teeth and help your child grow up to have a perfect smile. However, the brackets make it difficult to brush and eat, and many children hate how braces look. Fortunately, there is an effective alternative that can straighten teeth without resorting to ugly metal braces. If your child needs orthodontic treatment, you should consider Invisalign invisible braces.

Invisalign orthodontic treatments rely on aligners instead of traditional brackets and wires to correct teeth. The main benefit is that because they can be removed, your child won’t have the same problems they do with braces in order to eat or brush their teeth. Because of their translucent design, your child will also feel more comfortable smiling even when they’re wearing Invisalign invisible braces.

So how do Invisalign invisible braces work? How can you ensure successful invisalign treatment? Who is invisalign orthodontic treatment for? Get the answers to these questions and more in our guide to Invisalign invisible braces:

How Invisalign invisible braces correct teeth

Once you’ve had a consultation and decided to get invisalign braces, your dentist will take x-rays and impressions of your teeth. Invisalign aligners are custom made for patients, and will be fitted to provide a tight feel but not so tight that your child should feel any pain.

While it may be uncomfortable at first, your child should get used to the invisible aligner as they continue to wear it. By wearing the aligner, your teeth will gradually be guided into the desired position in your mouth. The process is very similar to traditional metal braces, but without having to deal with the annoying metal brackets and wires.  

How to ensure successful Invisalign orthodontic treatment

As your teeth adjust, you will need to come back in and see your orthodontist to get new aligners made. EAch new aligner is a sign that your child is getting closer and closer to their goal of having a straighter, more perfect smile.

Please be aware that it is vital your child wear their invisible aligner as much as possible. As a goal, they should be wearing Invisalign aligners for at least 20 hours or more in a day. Only take the aligner out to eat, play sports, or when engaging in some other activity where they shouldn’t have anything in their mouth. As uncomfortable as it may be at the beginning, it is highly recommended that children sleep with their invisalign aligners during treatment.

Who can get Invisalign invisible aligners

Almost anyone can get Invisalign aligners! While it is a very popular treatment among younger patients, adult dental patients may want to consider Invisalign orthodontic treatment too. This is especially true for adult patients who only need minor teeth straightening or jaw alignment.

Why aren’t Invisalign aligners more popular with adult patients? Invisalign aligners take advantage of your child’s growth and changing jaw to help them straighten their smile. Grown adult patients don’t change as quickly, leading to a slower treatment process. Some orthodontic issues are also too severe for Invisalign aligners to correct. If you need orthodontic treatment for yourself or your child though, make sure to ask about Invisalign invisible braces.

Contact Suffolk Pediatric Dentistry for Invisalign invisible braces

For all of our friends who live in Long Island, New York, we invite you to consider getting Invisalign orthodontic treatment from Suffolk Pediatric Dentistry. We have five different locations, each of which are staffed with great pediatric specialists ready to provide dental services with your growing child in mind. Alongside our vast dental experience, we’ve worked hard to make each of our dental offices a place your child will feel comfortable visiting for their dental work.

Want to learn more about Invisalign invisible braces or our other pediatric dental services? Contact us today with any questions you have, or schedule a consultation to find out how you can improve your smile with Suffolk Pediatric Dentistry!