Invisalign can be a discreet, comfortable alternative to traditional wire braces. If you’re wondering what it’s like to have Invisalign, here’s an overview of the treatment process from the first consultation to the final appointment.
Making Your Invisalign Treatment Plan
During your first visit, and in the first few appointments, your orthodontist will create a treatment plan for you. Typically, the process involves the following steps:
- Scanning your smile to create a 3D image of your mouth
- Mapping the movements in your teeth that are going to be created by the Invisalign aligners
- Showing you how your smile is going to look at the end of treatment
Once those steps have been completed, the orthodontist orders your aligners. They are created with a state-of-the-art printing process.
Creating Your Invisalign Aligners
To determine the most optimal shape for your aligners, your orthodontist starts with 3D images of your teeth. Then, as explained above, the aligner is crafted by a 3D printer out of SmartTrack, a material which was created specifically for Invisalign. Once it’s been printed, the aligner is individually hand trimmed so that it fits snuggly and comfortably against your gum line. Finally, it undergoes a quality check to ensure perfection.
Getting Your Aligners
When your aligners are ready, you return to the orthodontist, and you get to try them on. During this appointment, your orthodontist will ensure that the aligners fit well, and they will answer your questions and let you know what to expect throughout the treatment process.
Living With Invisalign
When you finally have your aligners, you’ll love how they fit into your life. Invisalign aligners can be removed, and you should remove them when you’re eating or drinking something sugary as well as when you’re brushing. Beyond that, you can also remove the aligners for special occasions and to see the progress of your smile.
For best results, you need to wear your Invisalign aligners for 20 to 22 hours every day, and you can use the blue compliance indicator to make sure you’re wearing your aligner enough. Parents can also use the indicator to check on how often their teens are wearing their aligners. Because you can take out the aligners, you can enjoy the following benefits:
- Eating your favorite foods without worrying about them sticking to your braces
- Being in sports without worrying about scrapes or scratches from your wires or brackets
- Brushing and flossing as usual without having to work around brackets
- Avoiding emergencies such as broken brackets
- Enjoying the discreet look of nearly invisible aligners
Typically, you wear each aligner for a week or two, but when you visit the orthodontist, they give you multiple sets of aligners so you only have to visit the orthodontic office every six to eight weeks. Cleaning the aligners is easy. Just rinse them off and gently brush them.
If you’re interested in Invisalign aligners, contact us today. At Braces Braces, we offer Invisalign as well as a variety of other orthodontic treatments.