Are you interested in taking the journey to straighter teeth? Our North York Dentists share what you can expect from your Invisalign treatment along the way.
Planning your trip
To start your Invisalign treatment, you must first schedule a consultation with your dentist.
At this appointment, your dentist will complete a comprehensive exam which will include digital x-rays, a bite registration to determine how your upper and lower teeth fit together, dental impressions and photos of your teeth.
Once all of your information is collected, you and your dentists will review your diagnosis and discuss your treatment options. Your dentist will write a prescription which documents the current status of your teeth, how you’ll be treated, and what tooth alignment changes are expected.
You can also use this appointment to ask questions about your Invisalign treatment and how it fit into your day-to-day life.
Making the reservation
If you decide that Invisalign is the right choice for you, it's time to make it official.
Your dentist will send your information (including your dental impressions) to Align Technology where Invisalign technicians will create a digital 3D model of your teeth. They will also create an animation to show what your teeth look like at the beginning of your journey and how you can expect them to look at the end.
Once you approve the animation, production on your custom Invisalign trays will begin, which may take up to four weeks.
Hitting the road
Once your aligners are ready, you can pick them up at your dentist office. Before you leave, your dentist will ensure that they fit well and answer any questions you may have.
Although your Invisalign aligners are removable, our dentists recommend you wear them full-time, for 20 to 22 hours a day, and only remove them for eating, drinking, brushing and flossing.
During treatment, it is also important to clean your aligners every day. To do this, use a soft toothbrush, soft soap and a gentle brushing motion to clean the inner and outer surfaces of the aligners and then rinse.
You will change the custom fit aligners every two weeks until treatment is complete. You will also attend an appointment with your dentist every six weeks to monitor your progress and make sure you're on the right path.
Reaching your destination
Once your treatment journey is complete, you will be able to enjoy a straighter smile. Enjoy the destination!
Your dentist may recommend a retainer to maintain your new smile and to ensure your teeth do not shift from their new position.