The Invisalign process is straight-forward. Plus, it is simple and pain free. More specifically, it involves five main steps:
1. Primary consultation
First, you’ll have a consultation with one of our Calgary dentists. During the primary consultation, your specific oral requirements are examined to determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign. We always encourage our patients to take this opportunity to ask us any questions about the treatment. Such as, the cost of Invisalign, duration of treatment, or any other concerns you may have.
2. Customized treatment
After your consultation, our dentist takes x-rays and impressions of your teeth. As a result, we can enter your exact mouth into a specialized Invisalign system and create a 3D image of your bite. As you can see, the entire process is highly customized. This allows us to create a precise treatment plan that takes the unique movements of your teeth into consideration. At this point, our dentist will offer an approximate time frame for treatment. In general, a full program takes under one year to be effective.
3. Receive your Invisalign aligners
Based on your specific treatment plan, we create a series of custom-made aligners for you to wear. The aligners are made from a smooth and comfortable plastic that won’t interfere with your day-to-day activities. You can wear them throughout the day. Simply remove them every time you want to eat or brush your teeth. As you wear the aligners, your teeth will gently shift into the correct position. For best results, wear your aligners for 20-22 hours a day throughout your entire treatment.
4. Progress into new aligners every 2 weeks
Every 2 weeks, we give you a new set of aligners. Each new set of aligners advances you to the next stage of your treatment. In addition, we encourage our patients to come in for checkups every 6 weeks or so to monitor progress.
5. Enjoy your brand new smile!
By the end of your treatment, you will already enjoy a brand new beautiful smile. However, it’s important to take care of your new look for long lasting results. Therefore, we often recommend our patients use retainers to maintain the new position of their teeth.