Innovations and technological advancements have made Invisalign treatment a successful treatment option for almost every malocclusion. Our patients’ needs range from the severe to the complex, and clear aligner therapy is a solution for both adults and teens. If you are looking to improve your smile without impacting your lifestyle, we recommend scheduling a smile assessment so we can discuss your needs and goals. This initial consultation will be of no cost to you!
What is the treatment process?
Step 1: Schedule your consultation.
We will discuss your goals, do an evaluation of your smile, and then design a customized treatment plan. This digital treatment plan actually enables you to visualize each step in the process as you watch your smile transform.
Step 2: Approve your treatment plan and order your custom aligners.
To ensure your teeth are in optimal health and prepared for the treatment, we may suggest you schedule a routine dental cleaning before beginning your course of treatment.
Step 3: Follow the plan.
After your aligners arrive, your treatment can begin! Each set of aligners must be worn for 20 to 22 hours per day. Every 1 to 2 weeks, as prescribed by Dr. Butterworth, you will exchange your aligner for a new pair. The shifts in each tooth are gradual, but progressive week after week.
Step 4: Check-in with regular appointments.
Every four to six weeks, Dr. Joel will evaluate your progress and make adjustments to your treatment plan as necessary. We will join you in the process every step of the way!
How long will the treatment take?
Invisalign treatment is designed to have the most minimal impact possible on your day-to-day life. Patients often ask the following questions:
- How long do you wear your retainers?
- Do you really have to wear Invisalign for 22 hours?
- How many times a day can I remove Invisalign?
- How long does Invisalign treatment take?
For best results, aligners must be worn for 20-22 hours per day. The clear aligners are worn throughout the day and night. Patients are instructed to eat, drink, and brush as usual by simply removing the aligners for those activities. The blue compliance indicators, which are unique to Invisalign, make it possible for parents of teens to track usage and tooth movement. The system also comes with a case so that the aligners can be safely stored during the brief times they are removed.
The length of treatment varies according to each patients’ needs. And the success and speed of the treatment depend on the fidelity of the patient to the treatment plan. By using the aligners for 20-22 hours each day, you will be closer and closer to your new smile. The timeline for Invisalign treatment can be faster than or similar to braces, depending on each individual’s case. The full course of treatment could typically be anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. Most patients complete their treatment by using an Invisalign retainer to keep their new smile in place.