The Journey to Your Dream Smile: The Invisalign Process
October 12, 2022
With all the strides in dental technology and treatments, it is so much easier to get the straight smile you’ve always envisioned. Invisalign is an option that has made orthodontics more convenient and aesthetically pleasing versus the old clunky metal braces of yesteryear. Your dentist in Boston will give you the step-by-step process of Invisalign so you can know what to expect on the journey to perfectly aligned teeth!
Step #1: Consultation
Invisalign can correct a wide range of orthodontic issues, including gapped teeth, overcrowding, and more. However, severely misaligned teeth may require traditional orthodontic treatment instead of clear aligners. During your consultation, your dentist will carefully examine your smile to determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign.
Step #2: Impressions
If your dentist determines Invisalign is a good option for you, they will take a series of photos, X-rays, and impressions of your teeth for the creation of your custom aligners. This step may occur on the same day as your consultation or during a separate appointment. Your dentist will send the impressions to the Invisalign laboratory where your aligners will be made.
Step #3: Getting Your Clear Aligners
Once your Invisalign trays are ready — typically just a few weeks after impressions are taken — you will return to your dentist’s office. They will place your first set of aligners and make sure they fit. You will wear each set of aligners for two weeks at a time for at least 20-22 hours a day before moving on to the next set. Your dentist will also give you tips on how to care for them.
Step #4: Progress Appointments
Throughout the process of wearing Invisalign, you will visit your dentist periodically so they can check on the progress of your teeth. These visits will allow your dentist to ensure everything is on track and make any necessary adjustments.
Step #5 Refinements and Retainers
After you work your way through your initial series of aligners, you might need one or two additional ones at the end of treatment just to make any necessary final adjustments. After you and your dentist are satisfied with the positioning of your teeth, you will receive a retainer.
A retainer’s purpose is to prevent your teeth from shifting back out of place. At first, you may need to wear it as much as possible. Eventually, you may only need it at night. Your dentist will continue to monitor your newly straightened teeth and recommend the best plan for you.
Are you ready to get started with Invisalign? With your dentist’s help and your commitment, you are steps away from the smile you’ve always wanted!
About the Author
Dr. Alan Sasson and his team at Boston Smile Center can help you achieve the perfect, healthy smile! With over 25 years of experience, he has expertise in cosmetic, restorative, and implant dentistry. Your smile will be in the best of hands as he guides you in the process of Invisalign or other smile-enhancing options. Schedule an appointment easily at his website or by phone at (617) 274-8528.
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