Glendale Invisalign Dentist Explains How Invisalign Moves Teeth Without Any Metal

Written by Dr. McKay on Aug 9, 2011

It used to be that in order to get a straight smile patients had to endure months or even years with metal braces. Many adolescents abhorred the idea of becoming a “metal mouth” for years, and adult patients often lived with smiles they didn’t love rather than endure metal brackets.


Now, however, our Glendale dental office offers innovative Invisalign treatment to help patients achieve their stunningly straight dream smiles. Invisalign is increasingly popular among patients of all ages, but some people question how it is possible to move teeth effectively without any metal at all.


Invisalign aligners are crafted from clear, comfortable plastic—they’re actually virtually invisible when worn. As treatment begins a computer program is able model your ideal smile and the incremental steps that well help you get to your perfected smile. In order to perfect your smile, our dental team will provide you with Invisalign aligners that you switch out every two to four weeks. Each aligner moves your teeth slightly, so that by the end of treatment you have reached your dream smile through small incremental steps.


Invisalign aligners are stiff enough to make your teeth shift, but flexible enough to remain comfortable. Patients wear these aligners all the time unless they are eating or brushing their teeth. The constant pressure exerted by Invisalign aligners effectively moves the teeth. The truth is, that you don’t need rough, industrial seeming metal to perfect your smile—Invisalign offers a less obtrusive and more refined way to straighten teeth, close gaps, and correct overbites and underbites.


If you have orthodontic problems you’d like to solve, Invisalign may be the option for you. Give our Glendale Invisalign dental office a call to learn more information or to schedule a consultation!