Invisible Healing: How Invisalign Aligners Work

By Dr. Allen Garai

If you need to straighten your teeth, you have other options besides traditional metal brackets and wires. Many dentists recommend Invisalign, a clear aligner worn over the teeth.

Metal braces remain in place for several years and slowly move your teeth into the correct positions. However, Invisalign aligners work similarly to retainers: you wear the aligner for two weeks, then visit your dentist to remove it and receive a new one. During each two-week period, the aligners adjust your teeth gradually.

Invisalign aligners come with many benefits over traditional braces. They are transparent, so only those who look closely will notice them. Additionally, your dentist will mold your aligner to fit your mouth, resulting in a product so smooth and comfortable that you might forget you’re wearing it. You can also remove aligners when you eat, brush, and floss, making them easier to maintain than metal brackets that catch bits of food.

Talk to your dentist to learn more about Invisalign aligners.

About the Author

For almost 18 years, Dr. Allen Garai has outfitted adults and children with braces at his Vienna, Virginia-based practice. Alongside many types of braces, he offers Invisalign braces as an alternative to brackets and wires. He also sees patients for general oral hygiene matters.