Invisalign is the ideal treatment option for patients with minor orthodontic needs and who are committed to their orthodontic treatment. The process of getting fitted with your unique, custom-made Invisalign trays is easy and only requires a couple trips to the dentist.
If you’re curious about what getting Invisalign orthodontic treatment is like, here is a breakdown on the process to expect:
Your First Dental Consultation
Not all dentists offer Invisalign, so you should first look for the most experienced Invisalign provider near you.
During your first consultation with your dentist, you’ll discuss whether an Invisalign treatment plan is best for your orthodontic needs. Invisalign is also a significant financial investment, so treatment costs will also be discussed.
Your Custom Treatment Plan
After determining that Invisalign is the best orthodontic treatment for your needs, the dentist will use a digital scanner or take physical impressions of your teeth. The resulting 3D images or mold will be used to make your custom Invisalign trays.
The dentist will examine your teeth and formulate a specialized treatment plan based on the projected movement of your teeth. The extent of how much movement your teeth will need to move to create a perfectly straight smile will determine the length of your Invisalign treatment.
Some dentist will have the capacity to show you the movement of your teeth and see a preview of the result of your Invisalign treatment.
Your Invisalign Clear Aligners
You’ll receive the first set of your custom-made Invisalign aligners. They’re virtually invisible, so most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them.
You’ll need to change your aligners every two weeks. These replacement trays will be mailed to your home. In six weeks, you’ll schedule an appointment with your dentist for a check-up.
Monitor Your Progress
Your teeth will gradually move and shift into the correct position while wearing the Invisalign aligners. This is why you must change your trays every two weeks.
Six weeks after you begin your Invisalign treatment, you’ll visit your dentist for a check-up to monitor the progress of your teeth’s movement and whether their alignment is correct. At this time the dentist will see if the Invisalign treatment is going as scheduled or will need to be shortened or prolonged. Any minor alignment adjustments will also be made.
Caring for Your Smile Post-Invisalign
Invisalign is similar to braces; they are used for a set amount of time. Like when one gets braces off, the teeth can regress back to their incorrect position and the orthodontic treatment would be for naught. This is where retainers come in.
After you’ve completed your Invisalign treatment, you’ll be fitted with a retainer which you’ll be required to wear long-term. Usually the retainers will only need to be worn at night.
Invisalign is a great option for those who don’t have severe teeth alignment issues and who don’t want the ugly look of braces. If you’re an Invisalign wearer, there are invisible retainers you can wear as well after your treatment to keep your teeth straight.
These invisible retainers are called Vivera® retainer. Vivera retainers are custom-made using the same state-of-the-art technology as Invisalign clear aligners.
Be sure to ask your dentist about clear retainers after your Invisalign treatment.
If you think Invisalign is the best option for you, contact Lincoln Dental Associates today so we can help you get started on your way to a straight, beautiful smile.