What is involved in getting Invisalign?
There is no doubt that Invisalign has transformed the way in which dental alignment and bite problems can be resolved. This revolutionary treatment, where teeth are gently coaxed into their new and improved position using a series of clear, plastic aligners placed over the top of your teeth, offers patients a discreet, comfortable and convenient alternative to conventional orthodontic braces.
But what is involved in getting Invisalign? Is it really as straightforward as it sounds? The answer is yes. Here is what you need to know about getting Invisalign to correct your orthodontic issues.
Preparing for Invisalign
Before you can start your Invisalign program, your provider will first need to plan your treatment. This is done using cutting edge Invisalign technology – a computer program that takes images of your teeth in their original position and tracks the pathways of movement that they will need to make to be moved into a straighter and more esthetically-pleasing position. If you have an issue with the position of your bite such as an overbite or underbite, by moving the teeth, the bone around them will also change shape and move so that your teeth come together more naturally. One of the biggest benefits of this technology is that it enables patients to visualize what their teeth will look like at the conclusion of their Invisalign program – rather than just before and after images of previous patient’s teeth.
Once the Invisalign technology has tracked the movements that your teeth must make, these will be broken down and used to create the series of custom-designed, transparent aligners that will be used to guide your teeth. Each aligner represents one stage of the Invisalign process. There is no need for messy impressions and your aligners will be made with precision and care specifically to fit your teeth.
Commitment to the Invisalign Program
Once you have decided on the Invisalign program, you also need to make a commitment to wearing the aligners exactly as directed. Your treatment is dependent on you wearing your aligners for a minimum of 22 hours each day, meaning that you need to wear them both during the day and at night. The only time when they should be removed are to clean your teeth and your aligner, and to eat. You will be given a case that you can pop your aligner into while you do these things. If you fail to wear the aligners for the allotted time, your treatment could be delayed or be compromised.
Similarly, you will also need to ensure that you wear your aligners in the correct order. Exactly how long you will need to wear each aligner at each stage will depend on your treatment program and your provider will give you very specific instructions to follow. These must be followed exactly as directed if your Invisalign treatment is to be successful.
Checking in with your provider
Unlike braces which require you to make a visit to your orthodontist every time you move on to the next stage in the treatment program, with Invisalign you simply move on to the next aligner in the series. This means that you will have far fewer appointments, only visiting your provider so that they can check on the progress of your treatment. On average, you can expect to visit your Invisalign specialist once every 8 to 12 weeks depending on which stage of the program you are at.
Want to know more? Our highly experienced Invisalign specialist is on hand ready to answer any further questions that you may have. Ready to embrace your smile makeover? We are delighted to offer $1000 off Invisalign when you book with us, plus a FREE bleaching service after completion of the treatment, valued at $500! What are you waiting for? Contact our offices today to schedule your no-obligation consultation and see how Invisalign can transform your smile!