Metal bracket braces have been around for more than 100 years, whereas Invisalign aligners have been used for just over a decade. Because Invisalign is still a relatively new dental solution, the details of the process are not as widely known as those of traditional braces. For a helpful overview of the start-to-finish process involved in straightening one’s teeth with Invisalign, read on.
Initial Dental Consultation: Before your dentist can order custom-designed Invisalign aligners for your teeth, he must determine that you are a good candidate for Invisalign correction. Most adolescents and adults with malocclusion are candidates for Invisalign treatment, but in certain cases a patient can be better treated with a different dental procedure.
Shaping of the Mold: The purpose of your second meeting with the cosmetic dentist you select to facilitate your Invisalign treatment will be to take impressions of your teeth. These impressions are scanned into a computer and sent to Invisalign’s headquarters, where aligners are made specifically for your teeth based on a virtual model that your dentist has created.
Application of First Aligners: Once your aligners have been fabricated by Invisalign’s engineers and shipped to your dentist’s office, you will make another visit. This time, you will leave with your first set of aligners in place and your next several sets in tow.
Changing Out Aligners: Every two weeks, you will be expected to swap the pair of aligners you have been wearing for a new one. With each new set you insert, you will be one step closer to having the straight smile you’ve been dreaming of.
Result Enjoyment: As long as you follow the Invisalign wear and care guidelines your dentist gives you and visit his office every six to eight weeks as instructed, you will have a beautifully straight smile when your treatment is complete. You will experience a surge of confidence at job interviews and in other social settings that may improve the quality of your life dramatically.
Are you a Manhattan-area resident who would like to find out whether or not you are a good candidate for Invisalign? If so, Dr. Kenn Kakosian D.D.S., P.C. can assess the placement of your teeth and devise an effective treatment plan for you. To find out more about Invisalign, dental implants, teeth whitening, or any of the other cosmetic dentistry services we provide, call our office at (212) 661-9777.