Have you always wanted to use Invisalign to correct your teeth but are not sure how the process works? If so, it helps to know what to expect so that you can have the proper expectations.
The first step of the process starts by visiting an orthodontist and having them scan your teeth. They will take a 3D scan of your mouth so that they know the exact placement in your mouth of all your teeth. The scan is painless and is a necessary part of making the Invisalign trays, and it only takes a few minutes to do. Your orthodontist is also going to take plenty of photos of your mouth to document the current state of your teeth so that you know where they started.
You'll need to wait a few weeks for your finished Invisalign trays to arrive, but it only takes a few days for your orthodontist to get the results of your scans back and start coming up with your Invisalign correction plan. The goal is to make sure that your teeth are in the perfect position by the end of the treatment, and part of the process is deciding on what type of correction will be made and how many weeks of treatment will be necessary. Your orthodontist will then be able to provide you with an image of what your final teeth are going to look like when the treatment is done.
The trays will arrive at your orthodontist, and you can't just go straight to putting them on. Your orthodontist will actually put special attachments to your teeth that are held onto the surface with dental bonding. The attachments help the Invisalign trays hold onto your teeth so that the trays do not fall off during everyday use.
You'll then be sent off with your Invisalign trays to complete the process at home. You'll be told how often you have to change out the trays, and you'll need to be careful not to eat or drink hot or dark beverages with the trays inserted. If you do, then you run the risk of ruining the trays and delaying your treatment plan. You'll also be required to wear the trays for almost the entire day, with only some time allowed to take them out for eating and brushing your teeth.
Ask your orthodontist if you have questions about the Invisalign process.