The Invisalign Process: 3 Steps to Straight Teeth

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Do crooked or crowded teeth make you feel self-conscious about your smile? Maybe you had treatment as a child, and your teeth have relapsed, or perhaps orthodontics weren’t in your family’s budget at the time.

If you have been avoiding treatment as an adult because you don’t want to commit to traditional metal braces, you’ll be pleased to know that you have a more comfortable option for getting your smile in shape. Invisalign is a short-term orthodontic treatment designed with your busy lifestyle in mind. Crystal-clear aligners won’t impact your appearance or irritate tissues in your mouth as metal braces can.

Invisalign in 3 Steps

Before you consider investing in Invisalign in Sioux Falls, it’s a good idea to get familiar with the process to see if it sounds like something you want to commit to.

Step 1: Treatment Planning

The only way you will know if Invisalign is right for you is to talk to your orthodontist first so they can evaluate your needs.

If you are a candidate, your doctor starts by taking digital images and x-rays of your teeth. These details are used to plan out the movement of your teeth during treatment and sent to a custom lab where several sets of Invisalign aligners are fabricated.

Step 2: Wearing Your Aligners

When your aligners are ready, your dentist will give you instructions for wearing them. Wear each set of aligners at least 22 hours a day for two weeks and remove them for meals and when you brush and floss. At the end of the two weeks, switch to the next set of aligners in the series. You will visit your dentist periodically throughout the process so they can check on your progress.

Step 3: Wearing Your Retainer 

Invisalign treatment for adults generally takes 12 to 15 months, but you must wear your aligners exactly as directed by your dentist to achieve desired results in this length of time. When you finish the aligner phase, you will receive a retainer that you must wear as instructed to maintain the results.

Call for Your Invisalign Consultation

If you’ve been thinking about Invisalign and would like more information, please call VanLaecken Orthodontics to schedule a FREE consultation with one of our Sioux Falls orthodontists. We look forward to helping you achieve your smile goals!

Source: “The Invisalign Process: 3 Steps to Straight Teeth,” Dr. Troy Patterson Jr., Oak Family Dental