The Invisalign braces process involves the creation of clear moulds that act as aligners to straighten your teeth. These Invisalign moulds are made after your orthodontist records impressions of your teeth and sends them to an Invisalign lab. Using digital technology the lab makes the clear liners or retainers in about 2 weeks and sends them back to your orthodontist for you to try on.
The Invisalign aligners are clear and barely visible to others compared to metal orthodontic braces with brackets and wires. With the guidance of your orthodontist, you move to the next set of Invisalign aligners usually after about three weeks. The number of Invisalign aligners will depend on the individual patient and the orthodontic problem. The Invisalign aligners are generally fairly comfortable. There can be some discomfort or mild pain when a new Invisalign aligner is placed as it exerts pressure on the teeth to move them. Unlike traditional metal orthodontic braces, there are no brackets to come off or wires to break and poke.