Invisalign “aligners” are clear plastic trays that fit over your teeth. Each tray gradually moves your teeth until they are straight. Once they are fitted on your teeth they are virtually invisible.
A scan or impression is made of your mouth, this is sent to Invisalign who make a 3D computer model of your current smile.
Using the Invisalign smile design software your dentist will then straighten your teeth and design your new smile.
The “clincheck” is a fantastic opportunity for you to see and approve your new smile before you start! You can even work with your dentist to modify the result! Once you have approved your Invisalign smile simulation, the trays are put into production.
The 1st Invisalign aligner tray is then fitted. In most cases tooth colored “attachments” are stuck onto some of the teeth. These attachments are essential to make the teeth move in the desired way.
The Invisalign trays are changed once a week. It is very important to wear the trays for 22hrs a day, only removing them to eat, drink and clean your teeth. They don’t work in your pocket!
You will need to see your Invisalign provider every 6 to 8 weeks. Occasionally modifications are made to some of the teeth to create space, allowing crooked teeth to straighten.
When you have finished wearing all of your Invisalign trays, there is an opportunity to refine your smile or improve the bite using the “refinement” process. A few more Invisalign aligners are made so you get an amazing result.
Many people choose to have their teeth whitened and worn/chipped teeth repaired to complete their amazing smile makeover!
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST it is essential that you wear your retainers to keep your smile straight!