Getting straighter teeth is an option for people of any age, and Invisalign has been a popular solution for those who want to improve their smiles without filling their mouths full of metal. Invisalign is particularly popular among teens and adults because they can get the straight teeth they want without broadcasting to the world that they’re undergoing treatment.
While traditional metal braces may still be necessary for major changes, these clear aligners are a simple and effective way to address mild and semi-difficult orthodontic problems. We usually recommend them for many different cases, including:
- Crooked teeth
- Protruding teeth
- Widely gapped
- Other types of malocclusion
The entire process is actually quite simple, and this treatment is especially ideal for people with a busy schedule and can’t find time for more visits to the office. In fact, you will simply wear a different set of aligners every two weeks, and you’ll only have to come in for checkups every eight weeks or so (depending on your specific case).
But let’s take a closer look at the treatment process so you’ll know what to expect when you come in for your appointment.
How Your Invisalign Treatments Work
There are four basic steps in a successful Invisalign treatment. We’ll work with you through this entire process to make sure everything is going smoothly, but in general, here’s what you can expect:
- Meet with us for a consultation.
Not all Invisalign providers are the same, and it’s important to work with an orthodontist who understands what it takes to move your teeth properly. We have been an Elite Provider of Invisalign products since they were first introduced in 1997, so we understand the ins and outs of this treatment program. That means we can correctly evaluate your needs and get you ready for step two.
- Create a plan that specifically meets your needs.
Everyone has a different dental situation. Some patients may need significant changes while others only require a subtler change. This step includes taking the x-rays, pictures and impressions of your teeth that we will then use to create a digital 3D image. Once we have these detailed images, we can map out the treatment plan. We’ll be able to see (and show you) how the teeth should move, and how long the treatment will last.
- Get your custom aligners.
Once we have the treatment mapped out, you’ll start with a series of clear aligners that are custom made for you. You’ll be required to wear them throughout the day, removing them only to eat and to brush and floss.
- Change them out every 2 weeks (generally).
As your teeth gradually shift, you will switch to new aligners that will continue the inevitable progress toward a straighter smile. Everyone’s treatment plan may be a little different, though, and if we’re not seeing the kind of progress we expect, we may change that. But, in our experience, this is usually the length of time you will wear a set of aligners before moving on to the next.
You can find out some specific details on the official website, too, if you’d like a little more information.
Tracking Your Progress
Throughout the treatment time, you will need to come back into the office, usually once every 8 weeks or so, for a simple checkup. This is when we will check to make sure everything is progressing the way we expect, and to offer any suggestions on improving your dental care at home.