If crooked teeth make you self-conscious and hesitant to flash the world a big, radiant smile — innovative Invisalign treatment can change all that. Ideal for correcting a variety of teeth and bite issues, Invisalign clear aligners improve your smile using state-of-the-art technology and a customized treatment plan.
Shaping your new smile
Your initial consultation includes an examination and a painless, mess-free digital scan of your teeth that captures a precise and accurate 3D image. Special ClinCheck software lets your dentist fine-tune the position of every tooth in your mouth, mapping each tiny shift needed to create the perfect smile you’re seeking.
The software’s algorithm helps calculate just the right amount of force for every tooth movement, from your first aligner set to your dream smile. But you don’t have to wait to see the final results —your dentist will show you a step-by-step transformation of your smile on that first day so you know exactly what your smile will look like when your treatment’s over.
Your digital images are sent to an Invisalign lab, where your aligners are created using state-of-the-art 3D printing technology. They’re individually trimmed for a precise and comfortable fit. After your aligners pass a quality control check, they’re sent to your dentist.
Picking up your aligners
When you come in for your new aligners, your dentist will ensure that they fit your mouth well. It’s a great time to ask questions, such as:
- Can I still eat all my favorite foods? Yes! Just take out your aligners when you eat or drink, and brush your teeth before putting them back in.
- Should I brush and floss as normal? Yes!
- Can I wear them when I play sports? Yes!
- How many hours a day should I wear them? 20-22 hours.
- Do Invisalign clear aligners contain BPA, BPS, or latex? No, and they are FDA-approved.
Unlike the unsightly metal and wire braces used to straighten teeth in the past, Invisalign clear aligners are virtually undetectable. They fit snugly around your teeth and exert a gentle, constant force that provides controlled tooth movement to straighten your teeth into the optimal position.
The path to your new smile
Based on your unique treatment plan, your dentist will instruct you to change to a new set of aligners every one or two weeks. Each set gently and gradually shifts your teeth into place, until you reach your desired result. You’ll probably see your dentist once every four to six weeks to ensure your Invisalign treatment is progressing as planned.
The complexity of your case and how often you wear your aligners will determine the length of your Invisalign treatment, but on average, the process takes 12 to 18 months. However, you may start seeing the exciting results in weeks.
The Invisalign system is 50 percent faster than other aligner methods, thanks to the advanced and flexible thermoplastic SmartTrack® material that also makes them more comfortable and easier to insert and remove.
Invisalign is the most advanced clear aligner system in the world and has successfully improved over 5 million smiles, including 1 million teen smiles. Ready to learn more?