How Does Invisalign Work?
Find out more about how you can get a straighter smile with these clear braces.
Think you are too old for braces? Think again! You’ll be amazed to find out that more and more adults are wearing braces now that nearly invisible options like Invisalign are available from your Raleigh, NC dentist Dr. Ashley Lloyd. Find out how these clear aligners can straighten your smile for the look you’ve always wanted.
Step 1: Talk to your Raleigh general dentist
The first thing you’ll need to do is schedule a consultation with us, your Invisalign provider. During your consultation, we will examine your teeth and then talk to you about your treatment goals. After all, we want to make sure that your needs align with what Invisalign can offer you. We will also talk to you about insurance and cost and answer any questions you have.
Step 2: Your Treatment Plan
Once we have determined that you are right for Invisalign we will take some X-rays and impressions of your teeth. The impressions of your teeth will be used to help us create a treatment plan. This treatment plan will include the exact movements of your teeth, as well as your estimated length of treatment. On average, adults can expect to wear their Invisalign about 18 months while a teen’s length of treatment is comparable to traditional braces.
Step 3: Getting Your Aligners
Based on the treatment plan we mapped out for you and the impressions we took of your smile, a lab will then get to work creating your clear custom aligners. Once you get you aligners your job is to wear them as often as possible, only removing them to eat, brush and floss. You’ll want to wear your aligners for about 20 to 22 hours out of the day.
Step 4: Swap Out Your Aligners
Every two weeks you’ll need to start wearing your new set of aligners to continue through your treatment. You will also have checkups with your dentist in Raleigh about every six weeks to make sure everything is progressing as it should.
Step 5: Your New Smile
Once you’ve completed your treatment you can revel in your brand new beautiful smile, and to ensure your results a custom retainer will be made; this way you can maintain your beautiful new smile for life.
Invisalign can be a great option for many patients looking to get a straighter, healthier smile. If you want to find out if you’re an ideal candidate then call our Raleigh, NC dental office today.