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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

How Invisalign Moves the Teeth

If you and Dr. Gregory Ross, DDS have come to the conclusion that Invisalign is the right orthodontic option for you, then congratulations, you are on the way to a straighter smile. You may be aware that Invisalign requires a series of aligners to move the teeth, but how exactly does this work? We are here to explain.


Before the aligners are given to the patient, bumps are placed on the teeth. These “bumps” are small tooth-colored dots of dental bonding (white filling material) that are placed in specific locations on specific teeth. They may be rectangular, square, circular, or triangular in shape. The shape and orientation of a button are dictated by the purpose it serves, such as tooth rotation, translation, intrusion or extrusion. These attachments assist with the process, as well as how they’re placed and what they look like. As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth gently and gradually begin to shift into place. Approximately every two weeks, you will begin wearing a new set of aligners, discreetly advancing you to the next stage of your treatment.


If you have questions or concerns regarding orthodontic treatment, please give us a call. To learn about services we provide at the practice, visit www.smilesbyross.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gregory Ross, DDS call our Forest Lake, MN location at 651-464-6988 or our Hudson, WI location at 715-808-8379.

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