Invisalign Treatment Process
Invisalign is a way to achieve straight teeth without the need for
uncomfortable and noticeable metal braces. With Invisalign, you will be
able to go about your day without having to worry about others noticing
that you are in treatment or having food stuck in between brackets
because Invisalign is removable!
You may be familiar with how the Invisalign treatment works, but here is an overview of the steps of the treatment process, from consultation to confident smile. Whether the treatment is for yourself or someone else, it is to your advantage that you are more informed about the process so that you can be confident in your decision to choose Invisalign.
- At your consultation with Dr. Fernandez, he will discuss your case in detail to determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment. Invisalign can treat a wide range of cases, from simple to complex, so Dr. Fernandez will let you know if Invisalign is right for you.
- Once it has been determined that you are a good candidate and you choose to proceed to start treatment, digital full-mouth x-rays, pictures of your mouth, and impressions are taken to create a 3-D digital model of your case. From this 3-D, Dr. Fernandez can map out your precise treatment plan, which include exact movements of your teeth. Watch the videos below to see an example of the 3-D models and see how Dr. Fernandez can see the precise movements of your teeth from start to finish.
- Based on your individual treatment plan, a series of custom-made, clear
aligners are then created specifically for you. These aligners are made
of a smooth, comfortable BPA-free plastic that won't irritate your
cheeks and gums like traditional metal braces often do. Simply wear them
throughout the day, and remove them when you eat or to brush and floss
your teeth. As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth gently and
gradually begin to shift into place. And because they're virtually
invisible, most people won't even notice you're wearing them.
- Approximately every two weeks, you will begin wearing a new set of
aligners, advancing you to the next stage of your treatment. To monitor
your progress, you will also have occasional checkups with Dr. Fernandez,
usually only every six weeks or so. At every stage, you will be able to
see how much closer you are to having the smile that reflects the real
- While every case is unique to each patient, treatment typically takes
approximately a year for adults. For teens, the length of treatment is
comparable to that of braces, but since your teeth won't be covered by
wires and brackets, you'll be able to see improvement much sooner. For
best results and a timely outcome, you should wear your aligners for 20
to 22 hours per day, throughout your entire treatment.