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Invisalign Clear Aligners

How Do Invisalign Clear Aligners Work?

Invisalign can improve the appearance of a person’s smile while also providing a variety of oral health benefits. Invisalign can efficiently straighten teeth, and the effects are designed to last. Invisalign is available at Four Corners Dental Group. For more information, contact us or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Anchorage and Wasilla, AK

Invisalign can improve the appearance of a person's smile while also providing a variety of oral health benefits. Invisalign can efficiently straighten teeth, and the effects are designed to last. Invisalign is available at Four Corners Dental Group. For more information, contact us or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Anchorage and Wasilla, AK. 
Invisalign can improve the appearance of a person's smile while also providing a variety of oral health benefits. Invisalign can efficiently straighten teeth, and the effects are designed to last. Invisalign is available at Four Corners Dental Group. For more information, contact us or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Anchorage and Wasilla, AK. 

Table of Contents:

How does Invisalign work step by step?
What is the best age for individuals to get clear aligners?
How long should I expect it to take for clear aligners to work?
Does Invisalign keep teeth straight forever?

How does Invisalign work step by step?


Invisalign is an increasingly popular dental treatment that involves aligning a patient’s teeth through the use of a series of clear aligners. The first step of Invisalign treatment involves a consultation with the specialists at Four Corners Dental Group. 

The Invisalign treatment process is highly customized according to each patient’s unique needs. Initially, during their consultation, the orthodontist conducts a detailed assessment of the patient’s oral health, utilizing advanced imaging techniques to capture precise 3D images of their teeth. 

This allows for the creation of a customized treatment plan, including the movement of the teeth and the expected duration of treatment. Following this, a series of custom aligners are manufactured specifically for the patient’s dental structure. Different materials may be used according to patient needs as well. Patients will wear each aligner for about two weeks before transitioning to the next in the series, gradually moving their teeth toward their optimal alignment. 

Regular appointments every six weeks ensure that the treatment progresses as intended and adjustments can be made at this time if necessary. This custom approach ensures that each phase of the Invisalign process is tailored to achieve the best possible outcomes for the patient’s smile.

What is the best age for individuals to get clear aligners?


The ideal age for starting clear aligners varies, and the use of clear aligners is more influenced by specific health circumstances than individual age. 

However, they are commonly recommended for teenagers and adults. For teens, all permanent teeth must be fully erupted to ensure the aligners fit correctly and function effectively. 

Adults can benefit from clear aligners at any age, provided they have good oral health. The decision to begin treatment should also consider the patient’s ability to comply with the treatment protocol, particularly wearing the aligners consistently for about 22 hours per day for the best results. 

Effective treatment with clear aligners not only depends on overall oral health factors but also on patient commitment to follow through with the regimen prescribed by their orthodontist including wearing the aligners as instructed and maintaining excellent oral hygiene habits.

How long should I expect it to take for clear aligners to work?


When it comes to how long it takes for clear aligners to work there is no one-size-fits-all answer. Instead, treatment duration varies depending on the complexity of the patient’s dental alignment issues, their oral health practices, adherence to treatment instructions, and more. While minor adjustments might require only a few months, more extensive realignments can take up to two years. 

On average, many patients complete their Invisalign treatment within 12 to 18 months. Each set of aligners is worn for approximately two weeks, and patients typically see their dentist every six weeks to ensure that the treatment is progressing as planned. 

Patients need to wear their aligners as directed to achieve the desired outcomes within the anticipated time frame.

Does Invisalign keep teeth straight forever?


Invisalign can effectively straighten teeth and the results achieved through treatment are intended to last long term. After completing Invisalign treatment, wearing retainers is necessary to prevent teeth from gradually shifting back to their original positions. 

Typically, retainers are worn full-time for several months post-treatment, then possibly only at night as advised by your orthodontist. The duration for which retainers need to be worn can vary significantly among individuals based on a variety of individual factors such as the original misalignment and the response to the treatment. 

Regular follow-up visits with providers at Four Corners Dental Group and maintaining excellent oral hygiene are also vital to preserving the alignment achieved through Invisalign treatment, ensuring your smile remains straight and healthy long term.

Invisalign is available at Four Corners Dental Group. For more information, contact us or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Anchorage and Wasilla, AK. We serve patients from Anchorage, Wasilla, Knik-Fairview, Meadow Lakes, Campbell, Spenard AK, and surrounding areas.

Locations for Four Corners Dental Group in Anchorage and Wasilla, AK

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  • 935 Westpoint Dr, Suite 203 Wasilla, AK 99654
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