If you're considering Invisalign as a treatment option for crooked, gapped, or misaligned teeth, you're probably curious about what to expect from the procedure. Our Winnipeg dentists are here to guide you through the process and determine if this is the right orthodontic option for you.
We explain exactly what you can expect from your Invisalign journey so there are few surprises if you do decide to go forward with treatment.
You will begin your journey by scheduling an Invisalign® consultation with your dentist. At the consultation, your dentist will complete an exam that will include digital X-rays, a bite registration (how your upper and lower teeth fit together), dental impressions, and photos of your teeth.
You and your dentists will review your diagnosis and treatment options once all of your information has been collected. Your dentist will write a prescription detailing the current state of your teeth, the treatment plan, and the changes you can expect as a result of your tooth alignment.
If you and your dentist 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'll also make an animation to show you how your teeth look at the start of your journey and how they should look at the end. Production on your custom Invisalign trays will begin once you approve the animation, which could 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 Winnipeg dentists recommend you wear them for 20 to 22 hours a day, and only remove them for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing.
The custom-fit aligners will be changed every two weeks until the treatment is completed. You will also have a six-weekly appointment with your dentist to monitor your progress and ensure that your treatment is proceeding as planned.
Provided you have followed your dentist's instructions during treatment you should 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.