Have you decided that Invisalign is the right orthodontic treatment option for you? Our dentists at Toothworks Fairview Park Dental share what you can expect from your Invisalign journey, start to finish.
If you are thinking of using Invisalign® as a treatment option for misaligned, crooked or capped teeth, then you are likely wondering what you can expect from the treatment. Our Ontario dentists are here to explain the process and help you understand if this orthodontic option is right for you.
We explain what you can expect from your Invisalign journey so you'll have fewer surprises if you do choose to move forward with treatment.
Start by scheduling an Invisalign consultation with your dentist. During the consultation, your dentist will examine your teeth and take digital X-rays, dental impressions, photos of your teeth and a bite registration (how your upper and lower teeth fit together).
Once all of this information has been gathered, you and your dentists will discuss your diagnosis and treatment options. The dentist will give you a prescription that details the current state of your teeth, how you'll be treated, and what changes you can expect as a result of tooth alignment.
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 of your teeth at the start of your journey and how you can expect them to look at the end. After you have approved the animation, production on your custom Invisalign trays will begin, which could take up to four weeks.
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.
Although your Invisalign aligners are removable, our Ontario dentists recommend you wear them for 20 to 22 hours a day, and only remove 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.
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.