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A Closer Look: How are Invisalign® trays made?

In today’s world, advancements in dental technology have revolutionized the field of orthodontics, offering patients more discreet and comfortable alternatives to traditional braces. Among these innovations, Invisalign stands out as a popular choice for individuals seeking a straighter smile without the inconvenience of metal brackets and wires. But have you ever wondered, “How are Invisalign trays made?”

Before we dive into the process behind clear aligner systems, take some time to schedule your Invisalign consultation with Dr. Wint Tun at Harmony Orthodontics. You can reach our Tomball, TX, orthodontist at (832) 699-3683 for scheduling and information. 

Now, let’s explore the clear aligner process. Here, we take a closer look, answering the question, “How are Invisalign trays made?”

Digital Impressions

The journey begins with a visit to our orthodontist in Tomball, TX. During an initial consultation, our team may take highly accurate digital impressions of your teeth. 

Unlike traditional dental impressions that involve messy putty, digital scanning provides a more comfortable and precise way to capture the exact contours of the teeth.

3D Modeling

Once our team obtains your digital impressions, we then use sophisticated software to create a virtual 3D model of your teeth. We use this model to carefully plan the desired tooth movements and overall treatment strategy.

Customized Treatment Plan

Based on the 3D model and the prescribed treatment objectives, Dr. Tun works closely with Invisalign technicians to develop a customized treatment plan for you. This plan outlines the sequence of tooth movements and the number of aligners required to achieve the desired results.

Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM)

With the treatment plan in hand, a specialized manufacturing facility equipped with cutting-edge CAM technology begins crafting the trays. Here, each set of aligners is meticulously fabricated using a precise layering process.

Thermoforming Process

The heart of Invisalign production lies in the thermoforming process. Technicians place thin, transparent sheets of medical-grade thermoplastic material over the digital model of your teeth. Then, they heat the plastic, which allows it to form precisely around your dental model. This process ensures that each aligner conforms perfectly to the unique shape of your smile.

Trimming and Finishing

Once the technicians form your aligners, the trays undergo meticulous trimming to remove any excess material and refine the edges for optimal comfort. The technicians pay special attention to the fit and contour of each aligner to ensure a snug yet comfortable fit in your mouth.

Quality Control

Before shipping your trays to Dr. Tun, technicians inspect every set of Invisalign aligners. They are carefully checking each aligner to ensure accuracy, clarity, and consistency, maintaining the highest standards of quality and precision.

Patient Delivery

Finally, Dr. Tun receives your personalized aligners. Once our team gets your trays, we provide you with detailed instructions for wear and care

As a general rule of thumb, patients must:

  • Wear their trays for no less than 20 hours a day
  • Replace trays every two weeks
  • Avoid eating with the aligners in
  • Clean trays daily
  • Attend all follow-up appointments with Dr. Tun

Invisalign Treatment Near Tomball, TX

Do you find yourself wondering, “How are Invisalign trays made?” or “Are clear aligners right for me?” If so, it’s time to consult Dr. Wint Tun at Harmony Orthodontics. Reserve your Invisalign consultation online or call our dental office in Tomball at (832) 699-3683 for more information.

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