You've just decided that Invisalign is right for you, and you're ready to take your first steps in your journey to a straighter smile. Now you're wondering what happens next. Here's a little about what you can expect from your Invisalign journey from start to finish.
Planning Your Trip: The Consultation
The first step in your journey is scheduling a consultation with your orthodontist to see if Invisalign is the right orthodontic treatment option for you. Your orthodontist will complete a thorough assessment of your teeth and gums, and take digital x-rays and impressions of your teeth.
Then your orthodontist will review your diagnosis with you, and discuss appropriate treatment options.
Making a Reservation: The Decision
If you choose Invisalign to straighten your smile, your orthodontist will create an animation to show you what your teeth look like at the beginning of your journey and how they could look by the end of your treatment.
If you like what you see, your orthodontist will forward your digital impressions to the Invisalign technicians to create your custom-made orthodontic aligners.
Hitting the Road: The Aligners
After about 4 weeks your aligners will be ready. Now you return to your orthodontist's office to pick up your aligners and have your orthodontist check them to ensure that they fit your teeth properly.
In spite of the fact that your aligners are removable, it's important to wear them for 20 to 22 hours every day. You should only remove your aligners to eat and drink, or when it's time to clean your teeth.
Every two weeks you will switch to the next set of aligners in your series, until your treatment is complete.
Expect brief appointments with your orthodontist every four to six weeks to monitor your progress and make sure treatment is on track.
Reaching Your Destination: The Results
If you diligently follow your orthodontist's recommendations during treatment, at the end of your Invisalign journey you will be able to enjoy a new straighter smile!
Once your Invisalign treatment is complete, your orthodontist may recommend a retainer to help you maintain your new smile, and to ensure your teeth do not shift from their new corrected positions.