If you're thinking about Invisalign as a treatment option for crooked, gapped, or misaligned teeth, you're probably wondering what to expect from the procedure. Our Ottawa dentists are here to help you understand the process and determine whether this orthodontic option is right for you.
We explain exactly what you can expect from your Invisalign journey so there are few surprises if you do decide to go forward with treatment.
You will begin your journey by scheduling an Invisalign® consultation with your dentist. At the consultation, your dentist will complete an exam that will include digital X-rays, a bite registration (how your upper and lower teeth fit together), dental impressions, and photos of your teeth.
Once all of your information is collected, you and your dentists will review your diagnosis and discuss your treatment options. Your dentist will write a prescription that documents the current status of your teeth, how you’ll be treated, and what changes you can expect from your tooth alignment.
If you and your dentist decide that Invisalign is the right choice for you, your dentist will send your information (including your dental impressions) to Align Technology where Invisalign technicians will create a digital 3D model of your teeth.
They will also create an animation of your teeth at the start of your journey and how you can expect them to look at the end. Production on your custom Invisalign trays will begin once you approve the animation, which could take up to four weeks.
Once your aligners are ready, you can pick them up at your dentist's office. Your dentist will ensure that your aligners fit properly before you take them home.
Although your Invisalign aligners are removable, our Ottawa dentists recommend you wear them for 20 to 22 hours a day, and only remove them for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing.
You will be changing your custom-fit aligners every two weeks until your treatment is finished. You will also see your dentist every six weeks to monitor your progress and ensure that your treatment is proceeding as planned.
Provided you have followed your dentist's instructions during treatment you should be able to enjoy a straighter smile at the end of the Invisalign process.
Your dentist may recommend a retainer to maintain your new smile and to ensure your teeth do not shift from their new positions.