Orthodontic treatment could be an investment in your future overall dental health.
Misaligned teeth can contribute to compromised chewing function, increased tooth surface wear, stress on the supporting gum, or jaw joints.
Orthodontic treatment can be less costly than the alternative traditional treatment modalities for correction of the misaligned teeth.
Your doctor has recommended the Invisalign system for your orthodontic treatment. Although orthodontic treatment can lead to a healthier and more attractive smile, you should also be aware that any orthodontic treatment (including orthodontic treatment with Invisalign aligners) has limitations and potential risks that should consider before undergoing treatment.
Invisalign aligners, developed by Align Technology, Inc. (“Align”), consist of a series of clear plastic, removable appliances that move your teeth in small increments. Invisalign’s product combines your doctor’s diagnosis and prescription with sophisticated computer graphics technology to develop a treatment plan, which specifies your teeth' desired movements during the course of your treatment. Upon approval of a treatment plan developed by your doctor, a series of customized Invisalign aligners are produced specifically for your treatment.
You may undergo a routine orthodontic pre-treatment examination, including radiographs (x-rays) and photographs. Your doctor will take impressions or intra-oral scans of your teeth and send them along with a prescription to the Align laboratory. Align technicians will follow your doctor’s prescription to create a model of your prescribed treatment. Upon approval of your doctor's ClinCheck treatment plan, Align will produce and ship a series of customized aligners to your doctor. The total number of aligners will vary depending on the complexity of your malocclusion and the doctor’s treatment plan.
The aligners will be individually numbered and will be dispensed to you by your doctor with specific instructions for use. Unless otherwise instructed by your doctor, you should wear your aligners for approximately 20 to 22 hours per day, removing them only to eat, brush and floss. As directed by your doctor, you will switch to the next aligner in the series every two weeks or as directed by your doctor.
Treatment duration varies depending on the complexity of your doctor’s prescription. Unless instructed otherwise, you should follow up with your doctor at a minimum of every 6 to 8 weeks. Some patients may require bonded aesthetic attachments and/or the use of elastics during treatment to facilitate specific orthodontic movements. Patients may require additional impressions or intra-oral scans and/or refinement aligners after the initial series of aligners.