Invisalign brings a contemporary solution to teeth straightening, using a personalized series of aligners designed exclusively for each patient. These aligner trays, constructed from smooth, comfortable, and virtually invisible plastic, are worn over your teeth. They guide your teeth into position gently and gradually, according to a plan meticulously crafted by your dentist or orthodontist. With no metal brackets or wires to worry about, you merely switch to a new set of aligners every two weeks until your treatment concludes. Achieving a stunning smile has never been so unobtrusive, and the best part is that most people will not even notice you are undergoing treatment.
Selecting Your Invisalign Provider
Your journey to transformation begins when you choose an experienced Invisalign Preferred Provider and arrange your initial consultation. As you will have regular interactions with this professional, it’s vital to find one that makes you feel comfortable. During the consultation, your doctor will evaluate whether you are a suitable candidate for Invisalign. This system can now handle many cases, ranging from straightforward to complex. It is also an ideal opportunity to address any queries regarding Invisalign, costs, insurance, or any other issues.
Creating a 3-D Image of Your Teeth
Your Invisalign treatment journey involves the creation of a 3-D digital image of your teeth, based on x-rays, pictures, and impressions. This image allows your doctor to outline a precise treatment plan, dictating the exact movements of your teeth at each treatment stage. Using advanced technology, your doctor can provide a virtual representation of how your teeth will shift throughout your treatment.
Receiving Your Custom Aligners
Following your personalized treatment plan, a series of custom-made, clear aligners is crafted just for you. These aligners, made from smooth, comfortable, and BPA-free plastic, won’t cause the irritation commonly associated with traditional metal braces. They are worn throughout the day and removed when eating or during dental hygiene routines. As you progress through each set of aligners, your teeth gently and gradually move into their new positions.
Progressing Through Aligner Sets
Approximately every two weeks, you’ll progress to a new set of aligners, moving onto the next stage of your treatment. Occasional check-ups with your doctor, usually every six weeks or so, will monitor your progress. With each stage, you’ll witness firsthand the gradual transformation of your smile.
Unveiling Your New Smile
Treatment timeframes vary for each patient, but adults typically complete treatment in approximately a year. For teens, the length of treatment is similar to braces, but the visible progress can be appreciated much sooner due to the clear nature of Invisalign aligners. For optimal results and timely completion, wearing your aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day is recommended throughout the entire treatment.
The transformation is dramatic when viewing Invisalign before and after photos. At Jamestowne South Dental, our professionals are ready to help you experience the benefits of this innovative treatment. Start your journey towards the perfect smile with us today.