If you’ve wanted straight teeth but felt turned off by the mouth of metal look that braces give, you don’t have to hold off on changing your smile anymore. Thanks to improvements in orthodontic procedures, Invisalign is an option for kids, teenagers, and adults alike.
You’ll get the chance to have your teeth straightened and correct any overbite you currently have. The best part is, no one can tell the difference when you’re using custom Invisalign trays to correct your smile.
Learn more about the Invisalign process, and what to expect each step of the way. You’ll feel confident when you know how long it takes and how each step works to make your smile band new in no time.
Get Ready for a Consultation and Molds
Just like getting regular braces, you’ll have a consultation with an orthodontist. This allows them to see the condition of your mouth and figure out what kind of plan is best for your needs.
There are some cases where Invisalign won’t work, and you’ll need to get traditional braces. But even for individuals who are good candidates, certain procedures need to get done before Invisalign starts.
Getting teeth pulled or having spacers put in are all common examples of things you’ll need to do before you start wearing your new braces. It might seem annoying, but it’s worth the extra effort to ensure your new smile gets off to the best possible start.
Make sure to ask any questions you have about Invisalign now. You can find out an estimated time frame for how long you’ll wear them and what needs to happen next before moving forward.
The Invisalign Process Starts with a Perscription
Your orthodontist needs to get you a prescription for Invisalign once they determine this can work for you. Before they do that, they’ll need to get X-rays of your mouth, along with dental impressions of how your top and bottom teeth look.
Many patients get a bite registration to correct their overbite. This lets the folks at Invisalign know what they’re working with, so they can plan out how many aligners you’ll need throughout the process.
This sounds like a lot of work to many people who are new to the Invisalign process. Because Invisalign is different from traditional braces, it’s necessary for them to have a thorough understanding of the patient’s teeth and what needs to get corrected.
Before you get the aligners, your dentist has the opportunity to view them and see if changes need to be made. Your dentist can let you view them too, and allow you to see how your teeth can look once they’re straight.
Your Aligners Get Made Just for You
After you’ve gotten approved for Invisalign and you’ve had any pre-treatment that you needed before wearing the aligners (like getting a tooth pulled) you’re on to the next step-getting your aligners. For this visit, you’ll go into the orthodontist’s office just as you would for braces.
Invisalign molds vary based on what the current shape of your teeth are and how much of a change you’ll need to go through. Some people can get away with only ten different aligners while others need twenty or more.
The aligners are essentially trays, but with little pockets to fit each tooth and push it back into the right area until your smile is straight. For this reason, even if you only need ten aligners over the course of your treatment, each one is still different.
Your teeth get moved and pushed back gradually, allowing you to have a straight smile over time. Because Invisalign is clear, other people won’t know you’re having orthodontic work done, unlike with traditional braces.
You’ll feel pain at first, and need to get used to the aligners pushing your teeth in a new direction. Although this is uncomfortable, many people say that it goes away after a couple of days.
Your aligners only work on your smile. That means you’re getting personalized treatment for a lasting change when it comes to correcting your teeth, and in half the time that regular braces take.
Go Back in for Regular Treatments Until Your Smile is Straight
Most people repeat their orthodontic visits and have their aligners changed out within the course of a year. Of course, the process varies, but there’s a few things that are standard for everyone.
You’ll wear your aligners for at least 20 hours a day and even sleep in them. The only time you’ll remove them is for brushing and flossing your teeth and eating or drinking.
If you’re having plain water, your aligners can stay in.
Some folks mention that when they start wearing the aligners, they experience a lisp. The way you talk can sound different and it takes getting used to.
If you have a special event, such as speaking in public, take out your aligners so you don’t have to worry about how you’ll sound. A few hours a day isn’t a problem if you’ve got a pressing matter to take care of and you’re going to be front and center.
Be careful though, since you don’t want to leave them out for more than the suggested time each day. This sets your progress back and makes your goal of straight teeth a longer process.
Make sure you follow up with your treatments as suggested by your orthodontist. Even if it’s a small change, crossing over to a new aligner is necessary to correct your smile.
Learn More on How Invisalign Works
The Invisalign process can sound scary but is easy once you know how it works. You’ll get a brand-new smile and won’t deal with old-fashioned traditional metal braces.
If you’re still unsure if Invisalign is right for you, we’re here to help. Contact us, and set up an appointment for an Invisalign consultation today.