How does Invisalign work?

As a forward-thinking dental practice, we at Archway Dental Surgery applaud every attempt in the industry that focuses on improving treatment methods for improved outcomes and a more comfortable patient journey. One treatment plan that excited us all when it first reached dental shores is Invisalign in Cornwall.


There are multiple reasons why Invisalign in Cornwall has received such great fanfare. The entire concept of the teeth-straightening approach that Invisalign in Cornwall is based on is a remarkable one. For so many years, patients wanting excellent dental alignment had to wear fixed metal braces for however long their treatment plan was.

This type of orthodontic process created challenges, especially for adult patients. The development of Invisalign considered these challenges and the perfect solutions to resolve them. Because of its out-of-the-box concept, patients on the Invisalign treatment have found the method to be more comfortable, convenient and effective in giving them a more confident smile.

As the Invisalign orthodontic device looks completely different and works differently from traditional braces, the number of questions patients have about it comes as no surprise. To appreciate the way Invisalign works, it is important to first look at its design.

How different is Invisalign’s design?

There are no metal components used in the design of Invisalign’s aligner-based braces nor do they require a dental practitioner to attach them to teeth. So then, what do they look like? Invisalign aligners are made from flexible medical-grade thermoplastic material. These aligners are flexible enough to be removed and inserted easily by patients. They are fully customisable to meet each patient’s dental specifications, enabling them to fit snugly onto teeth.

The secret to Invisalign’s aligner-based braces is the intuitive SmartTrack technology that each aligner carries. This technology allows for the gentle and precise movement of teeth when each aligner is worn in the correct sequence.

Each patient who is suitable for the treatment plan gets a series of aligners that need to be worn for the duration of treatment, with each aligner changed according to a strict interval change schedule.

What are the benefits of this approach to straightening teeth, and how are they made possible?

Why do patients choose Invisalign?

The first appeal of aligner-based braces is the fact they are incredibly discreet. Invisalign uses a clear plastic material, so it is barely detectable when worn in the mouth. This makes it a great choice for teenagers, adults or anyone who does not wish others to know about their orthodontic treatment.

Convenience is another huge advantage to Invisalign aligners. Dental practitioners allow for the removal of the aligners for two reasons only. The first is at meal times, and the second is when cleaning the teeth.

Being able to remove the orthodontic device before eating removes the challenges of dietary restrictions, as is necessary when on traditional orthodontic plans. Patients need not worry about what they eat as there is little chance of their devices being damaged.

The ease of oral hygiene obligations is another benefit. Much time can be saved by not having to be mindful of metal brackets and wires that can get in the way of brushing and flossing.

Patients will have to attend a consultation to determine suitability for the Invisalign treatment plan. To schedule your consultation, please give us a call at Archway Dental Surgery.