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If you have been wondering what to expect when getting Invisalign but aren’t sure how the exact process works, rest assured that this blog post will explain everything you need to know. 

Invisalign treatment is an increasingly popular option for adults and teens. This is due to its shorter treatment time, more comfortable overall experience than traditional braces, and incredible results.

Only around 35% of adults have properly aligned teeth. More and more are choosing to address their teeth for both aesthetic and health reasons.

Thanks to advancements in dental treatment, this has never been easier. Today, around one in five orthodontic patients in the United States and Canada are adults.

In this blog post, we will look at the benefits of Invisalign over traditional braces and the step-by-step process of straightening your teeth with Invisalign.

Benefits of Invisalign Treatment

There is a wide range of benefits to getting Invisalign treatment over traditional braces. One of the most obvious benefits is that they are invisible. As they are clear, they won’t stand out in the way that traditional braces do and people won’t even know that you are wearing them.

Due to the fact that Invisalign trays are removable, they make cleaning of your teeth far easier than if you were wearing traditional braces. Removing your Invisalign trays to brush and floss your teeth is easy and less fuss than trying to deal with metal braces. You’ll also be able to ear whatever you want, rather than being restricted in your diet with like with traditional braces

Given that they are made of plastic, Invisalign trays are comfortable, so much so that you can forget you are even wearing them. Compare this to traditional braces, which are typically far more intrusive in your daily life. Another clear benefit of Invisalign is the length of time of the overall treatment, as well as the increased time between visits to the orthodontist. 

What To Expect When Getting Invisalign

Pound for point, Invisalign treatment is a much more efficient means of attaining straighter teeth for most people. Here is a step-by-step breakdown of the entire process, from your consultation to the end of your treatment.

1. Consultation

Depending on the crookedness of your teeth and other factors, Invisalign treatment may or may not be right for you. This will be determined at your free consultation.

During this appointment, we will take photos and digital impressions of your teeth, discuss your options with you, and, if you are eligible for Invisalign treatment, we will set about commencing this exciting journey.

At this point, we will also be able to answer any questions that you may have about the process.

2. Building Your Aligners

Using the digital impressions and photographs of your teeth, we will then set about creating your Invisalign trays. Invisalign utilizes advanced 3D technology, allowing us to create and follow a precise and customized plan for your teeth. 

You will upgrade to a different set of aligners every few weeks, to help your teeth gradually shift into place. The length of your treatment will depend on your unique plans and the amount of correction needed to achieve straighter teeth and a better smile.

3. Getting Your First Aligners

This is an exciting day as it marks the true beginning of your journey to straighter teeth. Your orthodontist will explain further how to care for your aligners, how long to wear them (generally around 20-22 hours per day), how to brush and floss your teeth so as to keep your teeth healthy being this process, and answer any questions you may have.

Special fasteners may be applied to help keep your aligners in place. You may find that each time you receive a new set of aligners, there will be increased discomfort. Don’t worry about this; over time you will notice that each aligner fits better, which means the process is working.

4. Ongoing Treatment

Generally, you will only need to visit your orthodontist every six weeks or so to monitor your progress. Each new set of aligners will be easy to replace yourself. During your treatment, you will be able to remove your aligners in order to eat as well as brush and floss your teeth.

Unlike traditional braces, you will be able to eat and drink pretty much anything you like (though we always recommend following a healthy diet). Will schedule regular appointments to track your progress, discuss your cleaning regime with you, and answer any questions you may have.

5. Completing Your Treatment

Once you have completed your unique treatment plan, we will evaluate the result to see if any follow-up treatment may be needed. In most cases, the results will have you smiling all the way home.

For the first few weeks, you will wear retainers for the same amount of time each day to ensure that your teeth stay in their new shape. After this period, you can switch to wearing your retainers at night, which helps to maintain your straight teeth in the future.

Charlotte’s Leading Invisalign Specialist

Koerich & Case Orthodontics is the No. 1 place for Invisalign treatment in North Carolina. Our team of friendly and experienced orthodontists is experts in attaining lasting results and straight teeth for our patients.

To learn more about the difference between Invisalign and braces, and what to expect when getting Invisalign, check out our blog post here.

Contact our team today and begin your journey towards straighter teeth and a brighter smile with our Invisalign treatment.