What is Invisalign and How Does It Work?

Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment that uses clear, removable aligners(trays) that fit over the teeth like retainers to straighten them out over a specified treatment time. They are made of a flexible thermoplastic called SmartTrack. Your Orthodontist will use 3D computer imaging technology to create a treatment plan from the initial position of your teeth to their final desired position. A set of aligners are typically worn for 1-2 weeks at a time. The trays are manufactured so that the teeth will move in small increments. When you put a new aligner in, the tray itself is slightly straighter than your teeth are. This puts pressure on your teeth, so that over the course of the week, they will shift to match the aligner. Compliance is key, for they are to be work for 22 hours a day.

Invisalign Attachments


Attachments are small, tooth-colored “bumps” made of composite filling material that are bonded to the teeth. They enable the aligners to accomplish detailed movements that would otherwise be difficult. Attachments are removed at the end of treatment.

Invisalign Buttons and Elastics

Buttons and Elastics

Some Invisalign patients need to wear elastics when more force is needed to move the bite into alignment. The elastics attach to buttons (small plastic or metal brackets) bonded to your teeth. Precision cuts are designed to create space in the aligner to accommodate these buttons. Sometimes, the aligner itself will have special built-in hooks acting as anchors for the elastics.

Invisalign IPR stands for Interproximal Reduction


IPR stands for Interproximal Reduction. It is a quick polishing of the tooth enamel to create space in between your teeth when crowded. Depending on the space required, it can be done using manual strips (see figure to right), or highspeed tools.

iTero Element

iTero® Element™  / Comfortable, Fast & Accurate

Even under the best of conditions, traditional impressions were still uncomfortable, occasionally unreliable and unpleasant tasting. That’s why we’re proud to offer goop-free, full digital impressions with the revolutionary iTero® Element™ Scanner. Not only is a digital impression more comfortable, it’s also much more accurate. The scanner takes an incredibly detailed impression of your teeth and gums. Once the scan is complete, your orthodontist will then have a 3D model of your mouth that can be used with all Invisalign® services, including the Invisalign Outcome Simulator to show you what your new smile might look like.

No gooey mess associated with impression materials
Breathe and swallow as you normally would
No unpleasant taste or smell

View 3D scans onscreen with your orthodontist immediately
Faster delivery times of your personalized Invisalign® treatment plan

Allows for a precise fit of Invisalign clear aligners and retainers
Eliminates the need to retake impressions

Invisalign vs Braces

Why Choose Invisalign? / INVISALIGN VS BRACES

Invisalign straightens your teeth giving you a beautiful smile with easy to remove clear aligners. There are no wires to trap food or get in the way when you floss. No metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. Since you’ll remove the aligners each time you eat, you can eat whatever you like! Straightens your teeth invisibly without metal braces.

Easy To Remove
Clear Aligners
No Metal Brackets
No Wires

Why Choose Dutchess Orthodontics as your Invisalign Provider?

Dutchess Orthodontics has provided the highest quality orthodontic care for over 10 years. As an Invisalign provider, we have been serving patients in Hopewell Junction, Lagrangeville, Wappingers Falls, Fishkill, Pleasant Valley, Poughkeepsie, Beacon, Highland and throughout the entire Dutchess County area. Read our patients reviews.

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