Invisalign treatment begins with an initial consultation. During this appointment, the doctor will evaluate X-rays, digital images of your mouth, and perform an oral examination. Using this information, the doctor will create a treatment plan for you, outlining the steps of the entire process.
Invisalign uses a system of gentle pressure to push teeth into the proper position. In order to do this effectively, the trays must be worn for 20 to 22 hours each day. You will receive a series of alignment trays with instructions on when you should shift into the next set in the sequence. Although most treatment plans call for a tray change about every two weeks, some treatment plans call for a weekly shift.
The trays are constructed using SmartTrack® material. They are custom fit for every patient using complex digital intraoral scanning equipment (the iTero® scanner) and ClinCheck® software. This combination of technology allows the doctor to map out the entire course of treatment and even provides a finished smile portrait.
Every smile is unique, which means that every treatment plan is different. The factors involved in determining treatment duration include:
With minor alignment corrections, Invisalign treatment can be as short as three to six months. For most patients, the average treatment duration ranges from 12 to 18 months. In complex cases, treatment can take as long as 24 to 36 months.
When Invisalign was originally introduced, it was only capable of correcting minor alignment issues. Since then, Align Technology has continuously worked to improve the process. Now, 23 years after the introduction, there are very few issues that Invisalign cannot correct.
Invisalign has been very effective in correcting the following issues, whether minor or complex.
An overbite occurs when the upper teeth close over the bottom teeth. Although this is a common condition and many doctors will leave it untreated, when a severe overbite, known as a deep bite, is present, corrective action should be taken.