Want to straighten your smile without metal brackets or wires? Invisalign may be your ideal orthodontic treatment. Today, our Ottawa dentists explain how the Invisalign treatment process works.
You might find that Invisalign is the best orthodontic solution for you if you want a straighter smile but don't want to wear traditional metal braces. Here's how the Invisalign system works to get your teeth straighter over time.
Starting with a consultation with your Ottawa dentist, you can begin your Invisalign journey to a straighter smile. At the time of your initial Invisalign consultation, your dentist will perform a thorough examination of your teeth and mouth in order to determine whether or not Invisalign is the best orthodontic treatment option for you.
If you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment, your dentist will give you a preview of how your smile could look after completing your Invisalign treatment. If you are not a good candidate for Invisalign treatment, your dentist will tell you why and discuss alternative treatment options with you.
2. Receive your personalized treatment plan
Following the consultation, your dentist will perform detailed scans and/or impressions of your teeth in order to develop a treatment plan that is unique to you. You'll receive an Invisalign treatment plan that will outline the steps of your treatment over the next few months.
3. Aligners are custom made for you
Once your treatment plan has been finalized, the scans and/or impressions of your teeth will be sent to Invisalign's manufacturing facility, where your aligners will be custom-made to fit your specific teeth and bite requirements.
Your Invisalign clear aligners will be made of a thin flexible plastic material known as SmartTrack®, which is thin and flexible. Invisalign aligners do not contain BPA, BPS, latex, or gluten.
4. Treatment begins
As soon as your aligners are completed and delivered to your dentist, you can begin your orthodontic treatment.
Make an appointment with your dentist to pick up your aligners. While you're there, your dentist will likely make sure that your aligners are properly fitted, demonstrate how to wear them and go over your treatment plan with you in detail.
Any questions you have about Invisalign treatment can be answered by your dentist while you are in this appointment.
A series of brief checkups will be scheduled during your treatment, which will allow your dentist to keep track of how well you're doing and to have your treatment stay on track.
5. Enjoy minimal disruptions
Invisalign should integrate well into your busy lifestyle, no matter how hectic your day-to-day schedule might be! Because your aligners are removable, you shouldn't need to make any significant changes to your diet or at-home oral hygiene routine
6. Live your life!
Your Invisalign clear aligners will be discreet enough that very few people should notice that you're straightening your teeth. So, get out there and smile!