Straight Facts: How Are Invisalign Aligners Made?

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Do you want to make this the year you finally get the straight smile you’ve always dreamed of? You’re not alone! In fact, in a recent study, 87% of Americans agreed that straightening their teeth was one of the most essential procedures they’ve had.

Thankfully, you no longer have to accept a mouth full of metal to get straight teeth. Invisalign’s clear aligners smooth the road to straight teeth.

Want to learn more about how Invisalign clear aligners are custom-made for you? Keep reading!

What Are Invisalign Trays Made Of?

Invisalign trays are made from high-quality medical plastic. In particular, the plastics consist of copolyester and multilayer aromatic thermoplastic polyurethane.

Every 1-2 weeks, the patient receives new aligners, which are slightly different from the previous week, so that the teeth can move slowly but surely.

How Are Invisalign Aligners Made?

Because clear aligners are a new technology, many people may not fully understand how they move teeth. It is critical to know how Invisalign works if you are interested in trying the most innovative way to straighten teeth. Here we’ve broken down each step of the process.

Step One: Get an Image of Your Teeth

It all starts with a digital impression that the dentist takes in their office. Your dentist will use an intraoral scanner to take a very accurate digital image of your teeth. This is much more accurate and comfortable than the “goopy molds” used for other procedures.

Step Two: Your Invisalign Clear Aligners are Created

Once your scans are complete, and the dentist has enough information, we will send all of the data to Invisalign. Invisalign specialists then design your custom clear aligners based on your specific needs.

Medical-grade plastic is used to make your Invisalign trays. More specifically, it is multilayer thermoplastic polyurethane that is individually trimmed to fit each tooth.

Step Three: Your Aligners are Applied to Your Teeth

Invisalign will then send the aligners back to us, where we will attach them to your teeth and explain how to care for them during use. For example, patients should use Invisalign 22 hours a day and only remove their aligners when they eat.

Step Four: Maintain Your Aligners Bi-Weekly

You will receive a new set of aligners every two weeks. Each set of custom aligners will be slightly different so that your teeth will gradually move. Depending on your specific case, it may take six months to two years for your teeth to be beautifully straight.

Is Invisalign Right For You?

Invisalign treatment isn’t for everyone, and that is okay. Some teeth straightening situations may call for braces instead. A consultation with an Invisalign dentist is the best way to determine whether the treatment is right for you. You can ask them questions about pricing, how Invisalign works compared to braces, and how long the treatment will take based on your circumstances.

Ask Your Dentist About Invisalign

Invisalign Aligners are a great way to straighten your teeth and get the smile you’ve always wanted. Now that you have the facts, you’re ready to start the journey to a gorgeous, straight smile!

If you’re curious about other types of cosmetic dental procedures, check out the rest of our blog.