How Do Invisalign® Clear Aligners Work?
Traditional metal braces work to straighten teeth by guiding the teeth into place using a system of wires and brackets. With Invisalign®, the custom-molded plastic trays, made with a digital impression of your teeth, will guide the teeth into place. Approximately every two weeks, you will need to visit us at our Downey dental office in Southern California to get a new set of plastic clear aligners.
Who Can Wear Invisalign® Clear Aligners?
Both children and adults can benefit from Invisalign® clear aligners if they have uneven, crooked teeth. However, Invisalign® is typically utilized more for older and more mature children for the simple reason that they are removable (and thus can be easily lost or not worn enough).
Orthodontists also don’t start correcting crooked or misaligned teeth in children until their permanent teeth come in at around age 8. Prior to that, spacers or other appliances may be leveraged to make room for the incoming permanent teeth.