Invisalign takes a unique approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of clear aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable, and virtually invisible plastic that you simply wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements prescribed for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You simply insert a new set of aligners approximately every two to three weeks, until your treatment is complete and you achieve the confident smile that you have always wanted. The best part about the whole process is that most people will hardly know you are straightening your teeth.
Your treatment begins after you select the experienced Invisalign Preferred Provider that you feel most comfortable with and schedule your initial consultation. The Invisalign system, like similar clear aligner systems, has limitations and not all cases are suitable to a satisfactory outcome. The initial consultation will help determine if you are a candidate for treatment.
If you are a candidate for clear aligner treatment, your doctor will take x-rays, pictures, and impressions of your teeth. Invisalign will then create digital 3-D images of your teeth. From these images your doctor will map out a precise treatment plan, including the exact movements of your teeth.
Based on your individual treatment plan, a series of custom-made, clear aligners are then created specifically for you. These aligners are made of a smooth, comfortable BPA-free plastic. Simply wear them throughout the day, and remove them when you eat or to brush and floss your teeth. As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth gently and gradually begin to shift into place. And because they are virtually invisible, most people will hardly notice you are wearing them.
Approximately every two to three weeks, you will begin wearing a new set of aligners, advancing you to the next stage of your treatment. To monitor your progress, you will also have occasional checkups with your doctor, usually every six weeks or so. At every stage, you will be able to see how much closer you are to having the smile that reflects the real you.
While every case is unique to each patient, the length of treatment is comparable to that of braces. For best results and a timely outcome, you should wear your aligners for 22 hours per day, throughout your entire treatment.
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