Before starting Invisalign, the first step of the process is a comprehensive consultation with your dentist. A beautiful result is only possible with an excellent relationship between you and your dentist. The two of you need to imagine the same perfect smile before you even begin treatment. If you and your dentist decide together that Invisalign is the best option for you, you can immediately begin the Invisalign process…
The Invisalign process:
1. Impressions and x-rays
Your dentist will take impressions and x-rays of your teeth, which will be used by the Invisalign software to create a 3D replica of your mouth. With the Invisalign software, your dentist will be able to show you a virtual representation of your expected results.
2. Making the clear, virtually invisible Invisalign aligners
Once you and your dentist are happy with the virtual results created with the Invisalign software, the clear aligners will be fabricated and mailed to your dentist’s office to begin treatment. The Invisalign aligners are BPA-free and nearly invisible, so people will rarely notice you are wearing them.
3. Wearing the aligners
The important day has come. You will put in your first Invisalign aligner. Your dentist will show you how to properly insert, remove and care for the trays. The aligners will begin to gradually align and move your teeth toward your new smile. They are extremely easy to place in and take out of your mouth and should be worn for 20-22 hours each day. You will insert a new set of trays every couple weeks, progressing to the next stage of the Invisalign process.
4. Returning for check-ups
You will periodically visit your dentist’s office to ensure your teeth are moving as desired and to address any questions or concerns.
5. The final aligner:
The best day is here. You have worn your last aligner. The time has come to celebrate, take pictures and proudly show your new smile.
After completing Invisalign, your next goal is to maintain the beautiful results. You have spent the time and effort to finish the Invisalign treatment, so you need to protect your gorgeous smile. Thus, Invisalign provides trays, which are extremely similar to the previous aligners, to be worn to retain your new smile.
My view on how Invisalign® has changed dentistry:
Invisalign is certainly one of the greatest dental inventions since I began practicing over twenty-five years ago. Adults that were previously reluctant or embarrassed to have braces are now embracing Invisalign. Best of all, they truly enjoy the Invisalign process. They love watching their teeth gradually move, aligning into a beautiful smile. As a cosmetic dentist, I could not ask for anything better. When combining teeth whitening, veneers and implants with Invisalign, any Smile Makeover is becoming possible. If you have any questions about Invisalign or cosmetic dentistry, please feel free to contact us.