It’s common knowledge that Invisalign is a preferred method when compared to traditional braces. However, one common question patients ask is, “how does the Invisalign process work?” Most patients are familiar with the processes of conventional wire braces, so they wonder how the Invisalign process is different.
The two methods involve very different approaches. That said, it’s essential to walk through each step, so patients are fully informed on how the Invisalign process works.
The Invisalign Process: Initial Consultation & Scans
Like traditional braces, the Invisalign process works by creating a personalized treatment plan for each patient. At your initial consultation, your orthodontist will explain to you what Invisalign is, how it differs from traditional braces, and whether they would be suitable for your unique case.
Should you and your orthodontist conclude that Invisalign is ideal for you, you’ll then have scans or molds of your teeth taken. At Advanced Orthodontics, we utilize 3D digital imaging to create a digital model of your teeth – eliminating the need for old fashion impressions.
From there, the orthodontists will send your records to Invisalign and work with their engineers to create a treatment plan that will give you the smile of your dreams.
Receiving Your Trays
The Invisalign process works by giving you a series of trays that contain various sets of clear aligners. Typically, you’ll receive these trays in 4-6 weeks following your initial consultation.
Depending on your specific case, each set of aligners will need to be worn between47 and 14 days, unless your orthodontists specify otherwise. It is vital that you follow your orthodontist’s instructions to ensure that your treatment plan stays on track.
Once you’ve finished with one set of aligners, you’ll move on to the next set. This, again, will be included in your detailed set of instructions for your treatment plan.
How Long Does the Invisalign Process Take?
The Invisalign process works on an individual basis. This means that there are not specific outlines as to how long the process takes. However, a typical patient can expect their treatment plan to span anywhere between 6 months and a year. More complex cases may take more time.
Ready to See If the Invisalign Process is Right for You? We’re Here to Help
With the overall Invisalign process taking less time to complete, it’s no surprise that patients of all ages prefer to go the Invisalign route, as compared to traditional braces.
Ready to see if the Invisalign process is right for you? Then schedule your consultation today!