Invisalign is an alternative to original metal braces which consist of clear plastic aligners that move your teeth together or in a specific direction, similar to normal braces. Below is a step by step process of how the Invisalign treatment unveils.
You will start your journey with finding an Orthodontist office that you’re comfortable with, you will be visiting this location for the next few months during your appointments. During your consultation with the Orthodontist, the Doctor will go over the treatment options that are suitable for you and your lifestyle. At this time you will be able to go over with your Doctor any questions or concerns that you may have with the treatment you’ve chosen, payment plans or financing options.
After your consultation appointment with your Orthodontist, you will schedule another appointment for you to return to the office to receive your impressions. Braces and Invisalign offer easy digital impressions, called Itero. Itero technology utilizes a high-tech, chair-side experience with no mess and no smothering residue. This impressionable technology also allows for fewer and shorter appointments and does not require any powder to be placed on the teeth. Scanning with iTero translates to seven times fewer aligner fit problems, thus reducing your overall cost of treatment. The technology also delivers far more precision and accuracy than physical molds. After your impressions have been taken, your Orthodontist will send your digital impressions to Invisaligns team to plan your digital treatment using ClinCheck® software. The treatment plan will then be sent back to your Orthodontist for approval before the aligners are made. Using this digital treatment plan software, your Orthodontist can anticipate how your teeth will look at every stage during your treatment.
The amount of aligners you will receive to achieve your end result will depend of the complexity and severity of each patient’s case. It is crucial that you wear your aligners between 20-22 hours a day to start seeing results. The aligners will change every 2 weeks and during the first 2 days of each aligner tray, wear it as much as possible during the first 48 hours. It is often recommended during this time to only take out your aligners when eating and drinking and brushing your teeth. It is crucial to change your aligners on time, and in the right order- skipping steps will not make the treatment go any faster and can irritate your mouth. If you are looking for an alternative to speed up a treatment, some patients will receive ‘buttons’ to wear on their aligners. The buttons help the trays stay in place, or move a tooth.
During your first check up around the 6-8 week mark, your Orthodontist will check to see if there will be any refinements that will need to be made. Refinements are tooth-colored buttons that are placed on the inside of the aligners to move teeth in a specific direction. There buttons can also help speed up a treatment.
After completing your treatment, you will receive a fixed and removable retainer. On some occasions fixed retainers are not needed, and is up to the patient’s discretion. At this time another impression will be taken to make the removable retainer. Because the next 24 months are crucial to the movement of your teeth; your removable retainer will only be worn at night and you will see your Orthodontist periodically for check-ups to ensure your teeth are not shifting.
If you have any questions about the process of getting Invisalign braces, or could like to make a consultation appointment to see an Orthodontist, feel free to call our office at (714) 862-2053 and we will be happy to answer any of your questions or concerns.