Invisalign: Clear Aligner Orthodontic Treatment

Invisalign is a popular orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear, custom-made aligners to gradually straighten teeth.

Invisalign Aligners

Consultation and Treatment Planning

The process begins with a consultation with an Invisalign-trained dentist or orthodontist. During this visit, the dentist will assess the patient's teeth and discuss treatment goals.

Digital Impressions or 3D Scanning

Traditional molds of the teeth are not used in Invisalign treatment. Instead, the dentist takes digital impressions or uses a 3D scanner to create a precise digital model of the patient's teeth.

Customized Treatment Plan

Invisalign software uses the digital model to create a step-by-step plan for tooth movement. The dentist works with the patient to review the virtual treatment plan, showing how the teeth will gradually shift into the desired position.

Fabrication of Clear Aligners

Based on the treatment plan, a series of custom-made clear aligners are fabricated. Each aligner is slightly different from the previous one to apply gradual pressure and move the teeth into the desired alignment.

Wearing the Aligners

Patients receive a set of aligners, typically wearing each set for about one to two weeks before moving on to the next in the series. The aligners are removable, allowing the wearer to take them out for eating, brushing, and flossing. However, they should be worn for at least 20 to 22 hours a day for optimal results.

Regular Check-ups

Throughout the treatment, patients have periodic check-ups with their dentist or orthodontist to ensure the teeth are progressing as planned. Additional sets of aligners are provided during these appointments.

Treatment Duration

The total duration of Invisalign treatment varies based on the complexity of the case and the specific alignment goals. On average, treatment may last anywhere from several months to a few years.

Comfort and Adjustments

Invisalign aligners are made of smooth, comfortable plastic that reduces irritation to the cheeks and gums. Unlike traditional braces, there are no wires or brackets to cause discomfort. Adjustments are made simply by switching to the next set of aligners in the series.

Retention Phase

After completing the active phase of treatment, patients may be required to wear a retainer to maintain the new alignment. This helps prevent the teeth from shifting back to their original position.

Invisalign offers a more discreet and convenient alternative to traditional braces for individuals seeking orthodontic treatment. The clear aligners are aesthetically pleasing, and the flexibility they provide in terms of removal and maintenance makes them a popular choice for many patients.