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How Does Invisalign Work?

October 15, 2020
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Posted By: Norfolk County Dental Care
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If you've thought about straightening your teeth, you've probably heard of Invisalign in Norfolk, MA. However, how is it that clear plastic trays can move your teeth? Norfolk County Dental Care is here to discuss your options! Read on to have your questions answered and to learn about the science of Invisalign clear braces.

What Is Invisalign?

Instead of metal brackets and wires, Invisalign uses clear plastic trays to move your teeth. The trays change every few weeks according to your Norfolk, MA dentist's treatment plan. Each set of trays is designed to reposition and move your teeth into alignment gradually.

Invisible braces are made of a thermoplastic material called SmartTrack that is patented specifically for Invisalign. SmartTrack is an FDA-approved material that does not contain BPA, BPS, latex, or gluten.

How Does Invisalign Move Your Teeth?

So back to the question of how exactly does Invisalign move your teeth. This part involves the principles of physics. Think about Newton's Third Law of Physics, “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” When Invisalign applies force to move your teeth, there is a different reaction happening in your body.

These reactions are known as osteoclastic and osteoblastic activity. Osteoclastic activity is the breaking down of bone to allow your teeth to move. Osteoblastic activity is the process of rebuilding bone once your tooth has moved. It is these reactions that allow your plastic aligners to move your teeth into the right position.

Here is something important to note: osteoclastic activity (movement of teeth) takes around 48 to 72 hours to begin, but only four hours to stop. This is why compliance in wearing your aligners for at least 22 hours per day is so important. If you don't wear your clear aligners consistently, you might actually prolong your treatment.

Contact Our 02056 Dentist Office For An Invisalign Consultation

If you'd like to learn more about Invisalign in Norfolk and whether the right treatment for you, our team at Norfolk County Dental Care are the Invisalign dentists that patients trust. Call us today at (508) 528-6510 to schedule an evaluation to learn more about Invisalign.

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