If you decide that Invisalign® is right for you, you'll be on the path to a straighter smile. Our Mount Pearl dentists share what you can expect from your Invisalign® journey - from beginning to end.
You will begin your journey by scheduling an Invisalign® consultation with your dentist. At the consultation your dentist will complete an exam which includes digital x-rays, a bite registration (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 changes you can expect to your tooth alignment.
If you decide that Invisalign® is the right choice for you, 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 may 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.
Once your aligners are ready, you can pick them up at your dentist's office. Your dentist will ensure that your aligners fit properly before you take them home.
Although your Invisalign® aligners are removable, our Mount Pearl dentists recommend you wear them for 20 to 22 hours a day, and only remove them for eating, drinking, brushing and flossing.
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 your treatment is going as planned.
Provided you have followed your dentist's instructions during treatment you will be able to enjoy a straighter smile at the end of the Invisalign® process.
Your dentist may recommend a retainer to maintain your new smile and to ensure your teeth do not shift from their new positions.