Invisalign® gives you a way to straighten your teeth and close gaps without the embarrassment of wearing metal braces. At Silver Lake Dentistry, located in Raymore, Missouri, Dr. Joshua Whitford and Dr. Jessica Whitford have been helping patients get straight, healthy smiles for years. Read on to learn more about what you can expect from using Invisalign to improve your teeth.
Your first Invisalign consultation with Silver Lake Dentistry
During your first consultation with our dentists, we will inspect your teeth to determine whether you’re a good candidate for Invisalign. We find that Invisalign works well for most of our patients, but we want to make sure it’s the best treatment option for you. If it isn’t, then our dentists will recommend alternatives to fix your flawed teeth.
Get a digital x-ray and molded impression for your teeth and mouth
The process begins with our team taking digital x-rays, molded impressions, and photographs of your teeth and mouth. Assuming that our dentists think Invisalign will work for you, we will use special Invisalign software to show you how your teeth will change over the next few weeks and months. We can even show you what the final results of your treatment will look like, so you can have an exact idea of what to expect. Since everyone’s teeth and mouth are different, it’s difficult to predict how long you will need Invisalign. Generally, most patients wear Invisalign for about a year, but it depends on your unique circumstance.
Getting your first aligners
Once you approve the process, we will send your x-rays and molded impressions to a facility that creates custom aligners. Typically, we expect to get the first pair of aligners within a week. The wait, however, can vary depending on how many orders the lab has.
When your first Invisalign aligners arrive, they come with fasteners that we will temporarily bind to your teeth. The fasteners make it easy for the aligners to stay in place.
Your first pair of aligners may feel a little uncomfortable for two or three days as your teeth adjust. It doesn’t take long, though, before most patients adapt to Invisalign.
Choosing between one-week and two-week aligners
We will talk to you about whether you want a one-week or two-week treatment plan. With the one-week plan, you get new aligners every week. With the two-week plan, you get new aligners on a biweekly schedule.
Choosing the one-week plan often means that you can cut your Invisalign treatment time in half. Your teeth, however, will have to adjust more quickly, which means that you might experience more frequent discomfort than patients who choose the two-week plan.
Letting Invisalign straighten your teeth
You’ll get the best results from Invisalign by wearing your aligners at least 20 hours per day. Ideally, you should wear them for 22 hours a day.
Each new pair of aligners that you get will slowly shift your teeth into the right position. If you’re on the two-week plan, you can expect the process to take about a year. The one-week plan can often produce the same results within half a year. The actual treatment time varies from person to person, though, so it’s difficult to predict how long you will need to wear Invisalign.
We will want you to come back to our office about once every six weeks to monitor the progress of your teeth. Assuming that Invisalign works as intended, you will continue receiving your new aligners.
Schedule your first consultation with us
Our patients like Invisalign because the product is nearly transparent and feels more comfortable than traditional metal braces.
Before you can start your Invisalign adventure, you need to schedule your first consultation with us. You can reach our office by calling 816-368-5968 or by booking an appointment online. We look forward to helping you get the beautiful smile that you deserve.