4. How does Invisalign work?
Consultation – Consultations with orthodontists or other dental professionals qualified to administer the treatment is the first step in the Invisalign process. During the consultation, the patient’s teeth and mouth will be examined, as well as X-rays and impressions (molds) taken. This data and the treatment objectives will be used by the preferred provider to develop an individual treatment plan.
Molds – Patients will have a digital scan of their mouth, or, in some cases, traditional molds are taken to create the Invisalign aligner trays. With a digital treatment plan, the doctor will be able to map out the exact movements of the teeth, designing the aligners to apply the right amount of force to the right place at the right time.
Receiving and Wearing the Aligners – Once the aligners arrive, the doctor will ensure they fit properly. Patients must wear their aligners as close to 24 hours per day, removing them only to eat, brush, drink, and floss. As each set of aligners are worn – typically for about two weeks – the teeth will gradually shift into their proper positions.
Results – After treatment, patients may be required to wear a retainer as directed by their preferred orthodontist or dental health expert provider in order to maintain their new, straight smile.