Invisalign: A Step-by-Step Guide

Invisalign: A Step-by-Step Guide

Posted by PALM COURT DENTAL on Jul 21 2022, 05:43 AM

Invisalign uses clear aligners that are designed to fit over your teeth. These aligners are manufactured from clear plastic, so they are nearly invisible when you wear them. However, they are designed to fit your mouth precisely. Each one shifts certain teeth slightly, moving them horizontally and vertically. Over time, your teeth move into a straighter and more ideal position.

Invisalign Treatment Process

1. Consultation

During your consultation, your dentist will assess your smile to determine if you are a candidate for Invisalign. If so, a treatment plan will be created that will include the number of aligners you’ll need to wear and the approximate length of treatment.

2. Impressions

Next, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth. These measurements will be used to create your personalized aligners.

3. Treatment

Once your aligners are created, you’ll begin wearing them. You’ll change your aligners approximately every two weeks, and each set is custom designed to apply the right amount of force to your teeth.

Invisalign Treatment Timeline

Invisalign treatment consists of a sequence of aligners. You’ll wear each set of aligners for about two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next, your teeth will move—little by little, week by week—until they have moved to the final position your orthodontist has prescribed. You’ll visit our office about once every six weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time typically lasts 12 to 18 months, and the number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.

Some patients may achieve their desired results within a shorter period of time, while others may take more time. As long as the patient is using his or her aligners properly and is visiting his or her dentist regularly, treatment time can be shorter. Your dentist will be able to give you a more accurate estimate.

Is Invisalign Right For Me?

Invisalign is a removable, clear plastic aligner tray system that can correct many alignments and bite issues. Invisalign is great for teens and adults whose teeth have mild to moderate spacing or crowding issues. Your dentist will consult with you to determine the best treatment plan to meet your dental needs. 

To learn more about Invisalign, contact Dr. Chung at Palm Court Dental by calling (909) 829-3994, scheduling an appointment online, or visiting our office at 17122 Slover Ave Suite 103 Fontana, CA 92337.

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