How Does Invisalign Treatment Work

We all dream of straight teeth and a beautiful smile, and Invisalign invisible aligners present a convenient and effective solution. Invasion is a perfect choice if you want to correct misaligned teeth and give your confidence, happiness, and well-being a boost.

The aligner is an orthodontic treatment that is ideal for teenagers and adults. Treatment is straightforward, with the Invisalign dentist taking impressions and computer-generated images of your teeth to create a series of Invisalign aligners that gradually move your teeth into the best position over several months.

Invisalign Vs Metal Braces

Invisalign has several advantages over metal braces, including:

  • Invisible: Invisalign are clear, almost invisible braces with no unsightly wires or brackets. You won’t feel embarrassed like you might wearing traditional metal braces, and there is no risk of getting bits of food stuck between the wires.
  • Shorter treatment time: Treatment is typically completed over 6-18 months, compared to two years with metal braces.
  • Convenient: You can remove your Invisalign when needed. For the best/quickest results, you should wear them for 20-22 hours per day.
  • Affordable: Invisalign costs the same or just slightly more than metal braces and less than ceramic braces. Every patient’s case is unique, ranging from straightforward to more complex.

Your Invisalign Treatment Process

The steps of your treatment process are as follows:

  1. Consultation: You sit down and talk to an Invisalign dentist face-to-face. The dentist shares details on the entire process and the likely costs for your treatment plan, and you can ask any questions you might have. 
  2. Preparation: The dentist may take x-rays, photographs, and a 3D digital scan of your teeth. You may need small composite patches applied to your teeth to help the Invisalign aligners grip and move your teeth. If you need patches, these are white and made from the same material as fillings. They are removed once treatment is complete.
  3. First fitting: Your first fitting usually occurs at the same time. The aligner should feel tight but not uncomfortable. You may notice that your teeth ache a little during the first few days and after each new tray as your progress along with your treatment program.
  4. Subsequent aligners: Depending on your dentist’s advice, you will move onto your next Invisalign aligner every one or two weeks. 
  5. Check-ups: You will attend regular appointments every four to six weeks. The dentist will check progress, answer your questions, and ensure you are happy with the progress.
  6. Invisalign cleaning: You clean them in the morning and before bed, using a toothbrush without toothpaste. When you take them out, you should rinse them and soak them in dental cleaner (dissolvable cleaner tablets) whenever you are not wearing them.
  7. Completion: Once treatment is complete, most Invisalign dentists recommend wearing a retainer. You usually start by wearing the retainer full-time, before gradually moving to overnight only.

If you wish to arrange an appointment with a dentist to discuss treatment, please get in touch with us.