What does the Invisalign process look like? Actually, it’s quite simple and straightforward. From start to finish, Invisalign uses computerized 3D technology to provide an accurate treatment that’s both predictable and comfortable to wear.
The very first part of getting Invisalign is meeting with our orthodontist to find out if it’s an option. We’ll take a set of X-rays and evaluate your teeth to determine what type of tooth movement is necessary. Even if you are a candidate for Invisalign, we’re happy to let you know what other alternatives are available to choose from.
Once you’ve settled on Invisalign, we’ll take an impression of your teeth and transport that data to Invisalign laboratories. This can be done either with traditional models or electronically using 3D scanning tools.
After Invisalign processes your bite’s impression, you will be presented with a virtual treatment plan that shows a computerized replica of what your treatment will look like. The short video shows how each of your teeth will be moved and what the end results should be.
Invisalign 3D software will create a series of customized aligners that snuggly fit around your teeth. The digital technology will slightly alter the tooth positioning of your aligners in each subsequent set. Gradually, your teeth are systematically moved into the desired position.
For most people, Invisalign trays should be worn for about two weeks. You will progress to the next set of aligners bi-weekly, or as recommended by our orthodontist. Every six to eight weeks, we’ll see you to ensure that things are progressing as they should. At these visits, we’ll send you home with several more sets of aligners for you to continue your treatment.
To make your treatment as effective as possible, you need to wear your aligners for a minimum of 20-22 hours per day. This provides you with enough time to remove them during meals and for oral hygiene purposes. Failing to follow your treatment instructions could cause results to be delayed.
After your Invisalign treatment you will need to wear a retainer, just as you would with any other type of braces. Fortunately, your retainer is also clear and discreet. It can even double as a whitening tray!
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