If you have ever been interested in getting Invisalign as an alternative to braces, you have probably been curious and wondered the process and treatment Invisalign entails. Continue reading below to find a step-by-step process of a typical Invisalign treatment that most individuals will undergo when deciding to go with the Invisalign alternative.
Finding an Orthodontist office that you are comfortable with as you will be visiting the office on many occasions during your treatment. The journey will begin with a consultation to find out if Invisalign is even a treatment that will be suitable for you and your lifestyle. Often time’s consultations are complimentary and then, your Orthodontist will go through the different treatment plans and discuss the cost of treatment and payment plans available in their office.
The appointment after your consultation will consist of taking impressions (or moulds) of your teeth, which will be sent off Invisalign’s team to make your aligner trays. Invisaligns team will plan your treatment using ClinCheck® software and after send the virtual treatment plan to your orthodontist for approval of the end results. Using this advanced software, your Orthodontist can anticipate how your teeth should look at every stage during your treatment.
When the virtual treatment has been approved by your Orthodontist, Invislign’s team will begin making custom aligners that will be used to straighten your teeth over the course of the next few months. The amount of aligners you will receive to achieve your end result will depend of the complexity and severity of each patient’s case and treatment plan. When first receiving each new set of aligners, it is crucial that you wear them between 20-22 hours a day to start seeing results. The aligners will change, and you will wear a new one every 2 weeks. It is often recommended during this time to only take out your Invisalign aligners when brushing your teeth or eating/drinking any food or drink. It is the upmost importance to change your aligners on time, and in the right order- skipping steps will not make the treatment speed up and can essentially irritate your mouth and gums. An alternative to speed up a treatment; some patients will receive ‘buttons’ to wear inside the aligners. The buttons help the trays stay in place, or move a tooth in a specific direction.
Your first check up will be around the 6-8 week mark to see if there will be any extra refinements, like buttons, to give the best results and to ensure the treatment is moving along correctly.
Upon completing your treatment, you will receive a fixed and removable retainer. On some occasions fixed retainers are not needed, and is up to the patient’s discretion otherwise. Another impression will be taken at this time to make the removable retainer. Removable retainers are similar to the shape and wear of Invisalign aligners, but the removable retainer will only be worn at night. The next 24 months are critical to the movement of your teeth; while your teeth are still shifting, even after treatment. Even after treatment, you will have periodic appointments to see your Orthodontist for check-ups to ensure your teeth are not shifting.
If you have any questions about Invisalign braces, or could like to make a consultation appointment, feel free to call our office at 714-862-2059 and we will be happy to answer any of your questions or concerns.