How it works
Individually designed for your needs
So you’ve decided Invisalign is for you, but what happens next? Simply visit an Invisalign-trained dentist or orthodontist for a consultation to discuss your smile. If your regular dentist or orthodontist doesn’t offer Invisalign, click here to find an Invisalign-trained dental provider near you.
Once your dental provider determines that Invisalign is right for your needs, he or she will develop a detailed treatment plan from which your bespoke, virtually invisible aligners will be made to order.
Take a look at the simple steps you and your dentist or orthodontist will take together on the journey towards your brand-new smile.
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During the initial consultation, your dental provider will discuss the issues you have with your teeth and explore what kind of results you’re hoping to achieve. If Invisalign is suitable for you, a treatment plan will be mapped out with your goals in mind. Your dental provider will take impressions of your teeth and will send these to the Invisalign laboratories for processing.
The impressions of your teeth will be digitised in order for your dental provider to review a computerised 3D image of your teeth (ClinCheck® set up). Your dental provider will prescribe and review the precise tooth movements throughout the duration of your personal treatment plan. You’ll be able to see a virtual representation of your teeth before, during, and after the Invisalign treatment, so you can see what your smile is expected to look like once you’ve finished the treatment.
Once you and your dental provider have agreed to the treatment plan, bespoke aligners are then custom-made for you and have to be worn for approximately two weeks before you switch to the next aligner in the series. While the number of aligners varies for each individual, a full treatment typically includes 18-36 aligners for both the upper and lower teeth, which will take approximately 9-18 months depending on your individual case.
Aligners should be worn day and night, except when eating, brushing or flossing teeth in order to complete your treatment in the timeline determined by you and your dental provider. You’ll go in for checkups every 4-6 weeks to monitor your progress and to receive your next series of aligners. During the entire treatment process, you’ll notice small movements, and your teeth will gradually move into an even and healthy smile.