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How effective are Invisalign braces?

The effectiveness of Invisalign braces depends on your diagnosis, treatment plan, and follow-up care. You may need your teeth straightened, your bite corrected, the gaps closed between your teeth, or your teeth and lips properly aligned. You may also require additional orthodontic devices after you have worn braces to ensure long-term success. Talk with your orthodontist about the best orthodontic procedures for your teeth.
Gregory J. Jorgensen, DMD
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
Invisalign is treatment technique that uses a series of clear aligners, each moving the teeth a tiny bit at a time. Your orthodontist begins your Invisalign therapy by taking a very accurate set of impressions, having a digital set of models created for diagnosis and treatment planning purposes, using a computer to direct the direction, amount, and velocity of tooth movement, and finally authorizing Align Technology to manufacture the aligners in according to his treatment plan. Success with Invisalign requires two things; First, the correct diagnosis and treatment plan, and second excellent patient compliance (wearing the aligners full-time except eating a brushing). Invisalign can be as effective as braces if the orthodontist and the patient both do their part.

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