How Does Invisalign® Work?

How Invisalign® Aligners Straighten Teeth


The good thing about Invisalign® clear aligners is that they’re nearly invisible as well as highly comfortable and convenient. Yet, the benefits of clear aligners are only beneficial because Invisalign® actually works to correct a wide range of different types of malocclusion. That’s because the aligners follow the same principles of orthodontics as traditional braces – to gently guide teeth into proper positions. The only difference is in how Invisalign® aligners achieve this movement without using brackets and wires, like traditional braces.

A Different Approach to Orthodontics

Orthodontics relies on precision, and the art of realigning crooked teeth is a delicate process. Traditional braces accomplish it by using brackets and arch wires to gently guide teeth into proper position over time. This allows your teeth and their roots to shift slowly enough for your jawbone to reform around them. Invisalign® takes the same principled approach, but instead of relying on brackets and wires, the system uses a series of aligners guide your teeth through the appropriate path of movement. Every time you change your aligners for new ones – usually, every two weeks – the new set of aligners will pick up where the old ones left and continue straightening your teeth.

Your Invisalign® Treatment Process

As a Preferred Provider of Invisalign® orthodontics, Dr. Calcagno and our team have extensive experience designing and implementing the right aligners for every patient. We utilize advanced, 3D digital imaging to carefully measure your teeth and dental ridges, which allows for more precise Invisalign® treatment planning. Once your aligners are ready, you’ll wear them for 12-18 months, periodically changing them for the next in the series every couple of weeks. While treatment may take about as long as orthodontic braces, the time will fly by when no one can see your aligners and they don’t interfere with your daily activities (like eating and cleaning your teeth).

Find out if Invisalign® will work for you

The greatest benefit of Invisalign® is that the clear aligners work to correct several different types of malocclusion. To learn more about how Invisalign® clear aligners work, schedule a free consultation by calling Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN, today at (507) 281-3659. We also serve patients who live in Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and all surrounding communities.