Invisalign is an increasingly popular dental treatment – allowing patients to achieve a perfect smile with minimum interference to their lifestyle or their appearance whilst the treatment is underway.
If you’re thinking of undertaking a course of Invisalign treatment in order to access your brightest, most confident smile, it’s natural to have questions and concerns about the treatment, the results you can expect to see, and any impact the treatment might have on your lifestyle.
So, let’s take a look at each stage of the process, so you’ll know exactly what to expect when you embark on a course of treatment.
Step One – The Invisalign Consultation
If you’re considering Invisalign, the first step is to visit your dentist for a consultation. During this initial consultation, your dentist will assess your teeth, your lifestyle, and your aims in order to establish whether or not Invisalign is the best treatment for you. Of course, it’s not just an opportunity for your dentist to ask questions, but you can ask them questions to. If there’s anything you want to know about the process, the costs, or the likely results, now is your time to ask.
Step Two – Treatment Plan
Once you’ve decided to go ahead with the Invisalign treatment, your dentist will put together a personalised treatment plan. Firstly, they will take x-rays, pictures, and impressions of your teeth, and use these to create a 3D image of them. This 3D image will then be used to map out a treatment plan and your dentist will be able to go through the exact movements of your teeth and the amount of time it should take to complete the treatment.
Step Three – Aligners
The next stage is to custom-make your clear aligners. These are made from smooth, BPA-free plastic, which is comfortable in your mouth and won’t irritate your cheeks or gums like traditional, metal braces tend to do. Once you’ve been given your aligners, you will need to wear them for around 22 hours each day, but you can remove them to eat and, of course, to clean them.
Throughout the process, you will need to change to your next set of aligners approximately every two weeks (although this will be outlined in your treatment plan!). You will also need to visit your dentist every six weeks or so during the treatment process so they can monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan.
Whilst you’re wearing your aligners, you don’t need to feel self-conscious or worry that people are staring at your teeth – Invisalign is extremely discreet and the aligners are practically invisible when you’re wearing them.
Step Four – Smile!
Once your treatment is complete, it’s time to enjoy your brand new, beautiful smile. Just make sure that you wear your retainers as instructed by your dentist to ensure that your new smile stays perfectly straight.
If you’re looking to enhance your smile and are considering Invisalign aligners, get in touch with your dentist or cosmetic dental expert to discuss the options available to you.