Before you make a final decision on the kind of treatment, you should do some initial research and set up a free consultation with a certified and licensed dentist who is trained in the Invisalign treatment process. Not all dentists are trained in this type of treatment, so make sure you choose one with the proper experience and training. This is a major medical and financial decision, so you need to evaluate your options carefully.
At your consultation, the dentist will examine you and discuss whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment. At this time, should you decide that you are ready to proceed with treatment, a panoramic x-ray and impressions of your teeth will be taken for a small fee. These are sent to Invisalign to create a treatment plan specific to your mouth. .
An appointment is then made for a consult to review your specific treatment plan. You will see in real time the movement of your teeth and what your teeth will look like when treatment is complete. At this appointment we also discuss length of treatment and
The next step is to get your clear plastic aligners that are made from BPA-free plastic. Unlike metal braces, these will not cause irritation or little cuts inside your cheeks. Once you have your set of aligners, you will wear them every day. But what makes these braces so much more convenient than metal braces, is that they are easy to remove so you can take them off when you are eating and brushing and flossing your teeth. If you play sports and wear a mouth guard, you can also take the aligners off to make the guard fit better. You should wear your aligners for at least 22 to 24 hours a day for the best effect so don’t leave them off for too long.
In order to improve the straightening process, your doctor will give you a new set of aligners every week based on your treatment plan. At each stage of the process, you will start to see your teeth gradually getting straighter, giving you a more beautiful smile. The Invisalign process not only allows your doctor to control the force placed on your teeth with these aligners but also the timing of it. During each stage, the doctor will concentrate on moving just certain teeth. With your treatment plan established in the beginning, you will know exactly what to expect each stage. If there is the need for any adjustments to the plan along the way, your doctor will communicate those to you. Sometimes your doctor will also add attachments that are like little ridges to your aligners to help facilitate the teeth-straightening process.