Whether you’re considering treatment for yourself or someone else, we’d like you to have a full understanding of the process so that you can make a confident decision regarding orthodontic treatment.
Even if you have a basic understanding of the Invisalign® system, it’s a good idea to take a look at the entire process so that you know what to expect and can make an informed decision for yourself or your loved one.
Find a Provider
The first step is to find the right dentist. Not all dentists are trained in Invisalign®, so you’ll want to do your research and find out who in your area is an experienced Invisalign® provider.
It’s recommended that you meet with them first. You are going to be working with this dentist for a while, so it’s important you find a dentist with a personality that matches yours so you can feel confident in the care you are receiving.
It’s also a good idea to visit more than one dentist to see what options are out there and get cost estimates for comparison. You’ll want to choose a dentist based on their level of knowledge and if they are a good fit for you, not just on cost alone.
You and your dentist will discuss your case in detail during the consultation. The dentist will evaluate whether you are a good candidate and if Invisalign® is a right fit for you. This will be your opportunity to ask questions about the Invisalign® system, costs, and insurance coverage or to get any concerns you might have addressed.
Customized Treatment Plan
After you make the decision to start the Invisalign® treatment, the dentist will devise a treatment plan customized for you. The provider will take X-rays, pictures, and impressions of your teeth. Invisalign® will then create a 3D image. The dentist will be able to map out a plan showing the exact movement of your teeth and estimate your total treatment time. Each patient has a unique situation, but generally treatment takes approximately one year for adults. For teens, the time is comparable to that of traditional metal braces.
A series of clear, custom-made aligners are then fabricated for you. These aligners are BPA free and won’t irritate your teeth and gums like braces often do. You’ll simply wear them throughout the day and remove them when you eat or need to brush and floss. For best results you’ll want to wear them 20-22 hours per day during the length of your treatment. Most people won’t notice you’re wearing them.
Continued Care and Completing Treatment
Typically, you will wear a new set of aligners every two weeks. You’ll have regular visits with your dentist approximately every six weeks. They will evaluate your progress throughout the treatment and guide you toward getting the healthy, confident, and beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.