What You Need to Know About the Invisalign® Treatment Process

The Invisalign treatment is a significant investment to your dental health and overall well-being. However, it also comes at a significant cost. This is why it's imperative that you are able to determine if you are a good candidate for the treatment before starting on it. You will have to visit a reputable dental clinic and consult a qualified dental surgeon. Invisalign  is one of the most effective and sought after treatments to straighten your teeth and it works well with both teens and adults.

Teeth crowding is one of the most common reasons why people opt to get the Invisalign treatment. Crowded teeth cause problems aesthetically as well as cause teeth to break down easily. Invisalign clear aligners help to correct this as well as other dental irregularities.  

After the initial consultation, your dental surgeon will ask you to take dental impressions, x-rays and photographs of your teeth so he or she can map out your treatment. These are then used to create a 3D model of your teeth on a computer. From here, you'll get a clearer picture of how your teeth will look like from start to finish. While the treatment plan is already comprehensive from the beginning, your surgeon might still require some changes along the way to ensure that you get the optimal results.

Based on the 3D model, your custom-made clear aligners will be printed and sent to you to be used. When the tray is inserted, it applies pressure on your teeth causing them to move into desired position .  You will be required to change them once every week or two weeks. Each tray is slightly straighter than the one before, with the teeth moving 1/10mm per tray.

The Invisalign treatment requires commitment. Invisalign clear aligners have to be used for 22 hours every day.  At the end of the treatment, you may be required to wear retainers to ensure that your teeth are fully adjusted to their correct position and remain there.