The Invisalign braces treatment begins with an initial consultation in which the doctor discusses the case in detail to determine if the patient is a good candidate for the system. They take x-rays, pictures and impressions of the patient’s teeth, which will be used to create a digital 3-D image. This process helps map out a precise action plan, including the exact movements of the teeth with each stage of treatment.
A series of custom-made, clear aligners is produced using a smooth, comfortable, BPA-free plastic that won’t irritate cheeks and gums, as many traditional metal braces tend to do. Patients simply wear the aligners throughout the day for at least 22 hours and remove them when eating and to brush their teeth.
As each set of aligners is worn, usually without anyone noticing them, teeth gently and gradually begin to shift into place. Approximately every two weeks a new set of aligners is introduced advancing patients to the next stage of the treatment. Occasional checkups monitor the progress and at every stage, patients are able to see how much closer they are to having a confident smile.
While every case is unique, treatment typically takes about a year for adults. For teens, the length of treatment is comparable to that of braces, but since wires and brackets don’t cover their teeth, they’ll be able to see improvement much sooner.
Our publisher, Patrick Dockry, found out first hand how well the Invisalign braces system works. About a year after starting treatment, he now flaunts a perfect ear-to-ear smile.
The Invisalign system is offered in more than 45 countries and has been used to treat more than 1.5 million patients so far. Take the online Smile Assessment to see if Invisalign is right for you. invisalign.com/smile-assessment