How exactly does Invisalign work?

Seeing how completely different Invisalign Dublin is in terms of design when compared to traditional braces, it is no surprise that many people want to know how this remarkable teeth-straightening system works. It is safe to say that ever since making its arrival on dentistry shores, Invisalign Dublin has changed the way many people approach orthodontic treatment plans.


As a modern dental practice, you can rely on our practice, Dublin 18 Dental Rooms, to offer only the most efficacious dental treatment plans including Invisalign Dublin to restore patient oral health and function. We delve into how the treatment method works, what you should consider before choosing Invisalign and what its key selling points are.

How does Invisalign correct teeth positioning?

There are no metal components in the design of Invisalign aligners nor are manual adjustments required during the course of the treatment plan so how is Invisalign able to get teeth to move?

To answer this question, you need to refer to the smart technologies the Invisalign system uses. Invisalign’s aligner trays feature the intuitive SmartTrack technology – a new way to bring teeth into the desired alignment.

The SmartTrack technology allows teeth to be moved in gentle, precise, controlled movements. Each aligner in the set is specifically designed to shift teeth into position so there is no more need for manual adjusting.

What to consider before choosing Invisalign

What draws most patients to Invisalign are the benefits on offer, but when choosing an orthodontic treatment plan, it is wise to consider how this will fit into your lifestyle.

Invisalign works incredibly well as long as you follow all guidelines given by our dentist religiously.

The Invisalign treatment plan comprises a specific number of aligners (the exact number will vary according to individual patient needs) that need to be worn according to a set schedule.

In addition to this, the aligner trays must be placed on teeth for a minimum of 22 hours a day. So, while the aligners may be removable, this is only allowed for a limited number of hours.

What are the big plus points of Invisalign?

Addressing your teeth issues should not get in the way of living your life and this is what Invisalign aims to do – make the teeth-correcting process easier and more comfortable.

Comfort is one of the first factors mentioned by Invisalign patients. This is provided in two ways.

Firstly, the Invisalign aligners are made from a medical-quality thermoplastic polyurethane material which gives it the flexibility to be easily removed and reinserted into the mouth. Secondly, the aligner trays are custom-tailored to contour the gum line of each patient. There is no cutting into sensitive parts of the mouth.

The fact that the aligners can be removed opens up more positives to using Invisalign such as removing the need for dietary restrictions and an easier oral hygiene routine. As traditional braces feature metal components, there is an increased risk of damage to them when eating certain hard, chewy and sticky foods. Many patients with traditional braces are urged to give up these types of foods that are often a favourite. 

Having a foreign device sit on teeth can also get in the way when brushing and flossing and can make any oral hygiene programme challenging. Removing the aligners before eating and when cleaning the teeth mean that these risks and challenges are null and void.

Before starting Invisalign treatment, you will need a consultation with an experienced dentist. Find out all you need to know by scheduling an appointment with us at Dublin 18 Dental Rooms.