If you are considering Invisalign as a treatment option for crooked, gapped, or misaligned teeth, then you probably want to know what you can expect from this treatment option. Our North York dentists are here to walk you through the process and help you understand if this orthodontic method is suitable for you.
We explain exactly what you can expect from your Invisalign journey so there are few surprises if you do decide to go forward with treatment.
You will start your journey by booking an Invisalign® consultation with your dentist. At your consultation, your dentist will conduct an exam that will include digital X-rays, a bite registration (how your upper and lower teeth fit together), dental impressions, and photos of your teeth.
Once all of your information is collected, you and your dentists will review your diagnosis and discuss your treatment options. Your dentist will write a prescription that documents the current status of your teeth, how you’ll be treated, and what changes you can expect from your tooth alignment.
Making Your Choice
If you and your dentist decide that Invisalign is the right choice for you, your dentist will send your information (including your dental impressions) to Align Technology where Invisalign technicians will create a digital 3D model of your teeth.
They will also create an animation to show what your teeth look like at the start of your journey and how they could look at the end. Once you approve the animation, production on your custom Invisalign trays will begin, which may take up to four weeks.
Picking Up Your Clear Aligners
Once your aligners are ready, you can pick them up at your dentist's office. Your dentist will ensure that your aligners fit properly before you take them home.
While your Invisalign aligners may be removable, our North York dentists recommend wearing them for 20 to 22 hours a day, and only removing them for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing.
You will change the custom fit aligners every two weeks until treatment is complete. You will also attend an appointment with your dentist every six weeks to monitor your progress and make sure your treatment is going as planned.
Noticing Your Results
Provided you have followed your dentist's instructions during treatment you should be able to enjoy a straighter smile at the end of the Invisalign process.
Your dentist may recommend a retainer to maintain your new smile and to ensure your teeth do not shift from their new positions.