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How Does Invisalign Treatment Works Step by Step?

Apr 01, 2022

Teeth aligners are made to allow misaligned teeth to shift in small increments. Thus, every time you place a new aligner tray in, the teeth get straighter slowly. Invisalign treatment works by putting pressure on the teeth. Over several weeks, the teeth shift to match the clear aligner.

Invisalign treatment offers countless benefits to patients with misaligned teeth. The huge benefit is that the plastic trays are removable. Therefore, patients can eat whatever they desire and clean their teeth without hassle. With traditional braces, patients need to avoid a long list of foods restrictions – no chewing gum, caramel, chewy candies, popcorns, etc.

Invisalign looks much better as compared to metal braces. Moreover, the treatment is invisible. So, no one will be able to watch what is inside your mouth. This post discovers the Invisalign procedure – step-by-step.

What Problems Does Invisalign Treats?

Invisalign in Dorval, QC helps address the following issues in patients:

  • Overcrowding or gaps between teeth.
  • Mild overbite

Steps Involved in Invisalign Teeth Straightening Procedure

Below are the detailed steps for the process of Invisalign aligners:

1. Consultation with the Orthodontist

The first step in the Invisalign procedure is scheduling a consultation at the dental office. It helps the orthodontist in identifying whether you are an ideal candidate for the treatment or not. If the expert finds you the right candidate, he/she will have your in-depth records.

These include:

  • Digital x-rays.
  • Pictures of your face and teeth

2. Treatment Plan

Now, the experienced orthodontist makes the right Invisalign treatment plan. For this, the expert utilizes state-of-the-art 3D computer imaging technology.

3. Manufacturing of Invisalign

Now the orthodontist sends the in-depth details of the patient to the Invisalign company for the creation of custom clear aligners. Along with this, the expert also provides instructions for how he/she wants the teeth to shift.

The Invisalign professionals add all the data into the computer to generate a 3d model. Then, the technicians make adjustments till they match everything with the treatment plan. Once the dental office receives the Invisalign trays, the orthodontist begins the teeth straightening process.

4. Wait for the Clear Aligners to Arrive

The manufacturing takes about 4 to 5 weeks or 1 month for the aligners to arrive at the dental office.

5. Place Your Aligners In

When the plastic aligners are ready, the orthodontist will give them to the patient. All Invisalign clear aligner trays are unique. Thus, they are worn in a particular order. Patients need to use each aligner tray for two weeks.

Patients need to see the orthodontist once every six to ten weeks to ensure the Invisalign treatment is going on as planned. The total time for Invisalign treatment is 12 to 18 months.

Also, the number of aligners trays worn during the straightening treatment is between 20 and 50. However, these numbers will differ as per the unique situation of the patient.

As the treatment goes on, you need to replace each tray with the new one. Each new aligner tray will shift your teeth into a straighter position. You can remove the aligner while brushing teeth or eating.

However, you need to wear one tray for at least 24 hours during the treatment. If you fail to do it, the teeth movements won’t occur as planned. Also, when you place new aligners in, they don’t fit properly.

6. Refining of Smile

After you wear your last Invisalign tray for two weeks, a few teeth might still require some refinement. So, you need to visit the dental office for the teeth examination.

The orthodontist may order some more refinement trays for you. There is no additional charge for them. Remember, these invisible aligners are strong. Therefore, you do not need to be concerned about breakage.

7. Watch How Your Teeth Straightens

After Invisalign treatment completion, the patient needs to wear retainers immediately. It provides the jawbone sometimes to solidify around new placements of teeth. We advise you to wear a retainer every week. It’s because human teeth are always moving.

Receive Plastic Aligners at Clinique Dentaire Dorval Today

If you are curious to know more about the Invisalign process, get in touch with the expert orthodontist at our dental clinic in Dorval QC today.

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