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Terms You Need To Know Before Pursuing Invisalign

There are many ways Invisalign stands apart from its competitors. One of those ways is how reliable the procedure is to straighten your teeth and give you the smile you’ve always desired.

Though it’s true Invisalign is one of the most client-friendly ways to straighten your teeth, there are still words and phrases which may sound foreign to you during your first few weeks using Invisalign.

We’ve compiled a shortlist of words you may hear, and how they apply to your experience with your dentist and Invisalign.


Aligners, made from a 3-D impression of your teeth, are nearly invisible trays that fit snugly around your teeth for a time allotted by your dentist in order to straighten your teeth.

You will have several aligners throughout your experience using Invisalign. Each aligner is slightly different so that it can adjust to your teeth moving into the correct alignment throughout your treatment.


Bruxism is simply another way to address the common habit of grinding your teeth. If you are a teeth grinder, you could be dealing with unique wear on your teeth, jaw, and face Рas well as neck pain.

Because of the way Invisalign aligners work, teeth grinding may impact the amount of time each one of your aligner trays lasts. Bruxism is a very important scenario to discuss with your dentist at your Invisalign consultation.


Invisalign is different than traditional braces in that the nearly-invisible aligners fit around your teeth, rather than on your teeth.

When your teeth are more rounded than normal, or a certain tooth’s angle requires more attention than others, your dentist may decide to use buttons (otherwise known as attachments) to achieve the desired outcome. These buttons bring a small amount of additional pressure to the tooth or teeth in question.

Cross Bite:

Crossbite occurs when the lower back teeth fit outside the upper back teeth. This is one of the common issues Invisalign treats.


When your teeth overlap and remain crooked due to the lack of space between each tooth. Again, this is a common issue Invisalign can assist with if you stick with the treatment plan, wearing your aligners for the prescribed amount of time each day.


Malocclusion is when the misalignment of your teeth affects your ability to bite and chew correctly. For issues such as malocclusion, Invisalign is an important option to consider as Invisalign can adjust your teeth correctly–which may save you thousands of dollars by avoiding jaw surgery.


Retainers are removable oral hardware which assists your teeth in staying correctly in place after the treatment is finished. Although Invisalign is different from traditional braces, retainers are often necessary in both options in order to teach your teeth proper alignment

Your Curiosity Is Your Dentists’ Greatest Joy!

No matter how straight forward or lengthy your Invisalign treatment turns out to be, there may be quite a few terms and phrases that are unfamiliar to you. That’s why having friendly, relatable and knowledgeable dentists such as the team you’ll meet at East Center Dental is so important to your oral health. Be sure to stop by East Center Dental, or make an appointment for a consultation today!