Treatment process

Your custom-made smile program

Your treatment begins after you select the experienced Invisalign preferred provider that you feel most comfortable with and schedule your initial consultation. During the consultation, you and your doctor will discuss your case in detail to determine if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign. Invisalign now addresses many cases, from simple to more complex. Your doctor will determine if Invisalign is right for you.

Your doctor will take x-rays, pictures and impressions of your teeth, which Invisalign will use to create a digital 3-D image of them. From these images your doctor will map out a precise treatment plan, including the exact movements of your teeth, and tell you the approximate length of treatment. Using the same technology your doctor will be able to show you a virtual representation of how your teeth will move with each stage of treatment. Based on your individual treatment plan, a series of custom-made, clear aligners is then created specifically for you. These aligners are made of a smooth, comfortable, BPA-free plastic that won’t irritate your cheeks and gums like traditional metal braces often do.

For best results and a timely outcome, you should wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, throughout your entire treatment. As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth gently and gradually begin to shift into place.Approximately every two weeks, you will begin wearing a new set of aligners, advancing you to the next stage of your treatment. To monitor your progress, you will also have occasional checkups with your doctor, usually only every six weeks.

Step by step to a great smile

As you progress through the series of aligners, which you only remove to eat, drink, brush and floss, of for special occasions, your teeth will begin moving, little by little. And you don’t have to wait until you complete treatment to see your smile change, you may start seeing positive changes early in the process. You will have occasional checkups with your dental practitioner as little as once every six weeks in order to gauge your progress. And at the end of your treatment, you’ll be showing off a smile you always wanted.

Your life style. Your schedule

So how long will it takes to finish your treatment? For most adults, treatment time is just under one year. Of course, your total treatment time depends on your particular situation, so it’s important to speak with your dental practitioner about how your situation and goals fit into an Invisalign treatment program.