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How Does Invisalign® Work? Fort Smith AR

Dentist holding Invisalign aligners from Harper Dental in Fort Smith, ARAn individual's self-confidence and well-being can be positively impacted by having a wide smile and straight teeth. Invisalign are clear, plastic aligners that fit over the teeth like retainers to straighten them over a certain amount of time. Utilizing 3D computer imaging technology, Invisalign treatment is essentially an invisible approach to straightening your teeth.

At Harper Dental we offer the Invisalign treatment.

Using the present and final positions of your teeth after they have been straightened, Invisalign technology creates a treatment plan that gradually realigns your teeth. Then, every few weeks, you will switch out your current set of aligners for a fresh pair until you achieve the smile of your dreams.

During several phases of treatment, Invisalign moves your teeth by delivering a controlled force to various regions of your teeth. With each new set of aligners you wear, only certain teeth can shift. Compared to metal braces, this method of straightening your teeth is far more regulated and comfortable. Medical-grade thermoplastic in clear form makes up Invisalign. There is no need to worry about pain when you are sleeping because the material is smooth.

Initial Consultation

During the initial consultation, one of our highly skilled dentists will meet with you in person at our clinic. During this visit, we will discuss the Invisalign process, how Invisalign works and the likely Invisalign cost for you. In this manner, you are equipped with all the knowledge required to decide wisely.

X-Ray Treatment

After you decide to move forward with treatment, x-rays will likely be taken during your initial consultation. We will take a lot of x-rays and images of your mouth, teeth, and face from various angles. We may also perform a lateral cephalometric x-ray in some circumstances. Because it offers detailed images of the relationship between the jaw and cheekbone, this type of x-ray is popular and regularly utilized by our dentists. This is useful for strategizing how we will align your teeth in order to achieve the intended result. We will be able to get a fair notion of the starting point from these pictures. Taking imprints of the teeth on which your Invisalign aligners will be based is the last component of this procedure.

Invisalign Dental Exam

Patients getting Invisalign treatment will need to visit our dentist frequently to receive fresh aligner trays. As patients move on to newer trays throughout the course of therapy, the teeth will gradually reposition themselves into their ideal positions. If they do not switch to new trays, the process will halt. Patients may occasionally need to wear their aligners for longer or shorter amounts of time than expected. These follow-up visits are required.

Retainers maintain the position of the newly straightened teeth. The purpose of the Invisalign checkups is to confirm that a patient is using his or her retainers and that the teeth are holding onto their new positions. The teeth could revert to the condition that the procedure repaired if people do not wear their retainer or skip these appointments.

Invisalign Treatment

To assist Invisalign’s clear aligners grab each tooth and move them, certain patients may require small patches to be placed on each tooth. Since every patient is unique, not everyone needs these patches. At the conclusion of the Invisalign treatment, the patches can be removed extremely easily and painlessly because they are composed of the same composite material as fillings.

The amount of interproximal reduction required varies from patient to patient and is another aspect of the preoperative procedure. This process is rather simple and is utilized to make more space between teeth. To achieve this, we will brush away some enamel using discs to allow the tooth to move more freely in the future. The first time to feel your Invisalign braces will be during the same appointment after prep work is finished.

Clear Aligners

Clear braces, often known as invisible braces, correct crooked teeth. They are an almost undetectable, detachable substitute for braces that are made for comfort and adaptability. The teeth are subtly moved in gradual steps by each tray. The extent of your teeth's misalignment will determine how many trays you need.

Some aligners do not even make contact with your gums. They are trimmed in to fit comfortably around your gum line. The kind of therapy a person selects determines how frequently the aligner needs to be changed and how many aligners they ultimately require throughout the course of treatment.


Braces are an orthodontic procedure that can straighten crooked teeth. Improved dental health is another key aspect of braces. The teeth and bite of a person are helped with braces. Over time, this orthodontic treatment assists teeth in repositioning themselves correctly. The teeth are forced to move and realign by the pressure from the braces. To give support for the braces, they may also cement or attach a metal ring known as a band to one of the back teeth. Additionally, elastic bands can be worn between the upper and lower jaws to allow for the movement and realignment of specific teeth while undergoing treatment.


Retainers are objects made of plastic or metal. They are created to fit a person’s mouth contours and tooth alignment. While some retainers are fixed, some can be taken out. A child can put in and take out removable retainers on a daily basis. Wire or transparent retainers are both acceptable. The tongue side of a child's upper or lower teeth will be linked to a fixed retainer, which is constructed of a thin, specially designed wire.

Cleaning Your Teeth

Every morning and evening, you should properly clean your trays, which can be done either before or after brushing your teeth. By doing this, microorganisms that have accumulated overnight or during the day are eliminated. At Harper Dental we happily provide Invisalign to our patients when it is appropriate from a clinical perspective. Call us at (479) 431-0280 for more information.
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(479) 431-0280
5422 Euper Ln, Fort Smith, AR
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