While you may be aware of what Invisalign® is, the treatment is a multi-step process starting with your initial consultation with Dr. Zotis to an perfect and confident smile. Below are the detailed treatment steps as listed on Invisalign.com
Step One: Talk to an Invisalign® Provider
During the consultation, you and your doctor will discuss your case in detail to determine if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign®. Invisalign® now addresses many cases, from simple to more complex. Your doctor will determine if Invisalign® is right for you.
Step Two: A Customized Treatment Plan is Created for You
Your doctor will take x-rays, pictures and impressions of your teeth, which Invisalign® will use to create a digital 3-D image of them. From these images your doctor will map out a precise treatment plan, including the exact movements of your teeth, and tell you the approximate length of treatment. Using the same technology your doctor will be able to show you a virtual representation of how your teeth will move with each stage of treatment. While every case is unique to each patient, treatment typically takes approximately a year for adults. For teens the length of treatments is comparable to that of braces.
Step Three: Receive Your Custom Aligners Based On Your Personalized Treatment Plan
Based on your individual treatment plan, a series of custom-made, clear aligners is then created specifically for you. These aligners are made of a smooth, comfortable, BPA-free plastic that won’t irritate your cheeks and gums like traditional metal braces often do. Simply wear them throughout the day, and remove them when you eat or to brush and floss your teeth. As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth gently and gradually begin to shift into place. And because they’re virtually invisible, most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them.
Step Four: Wear a New Aligner Every Two Weeks
Approximately every two weeks, you will begin wearing a new set of aligners, advancing you to the next stage of your treatment. To monitor your progress, you will also have occasional checkups with your doctor, usually only every six weeks or so. For best results and a timely outcome, you should wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, throughout your entire treatment. At every stage, you will be able to see how much closer you are to having the smile that reflects the real you.
Step Five: Reveal Your New Smile & Keep It Looking Great
Congratulations! This is the time when you celebrate. You have reached the end of treatment and you will be smiling more than ever. Once your treatment is complete, protect the beautiful new smile you have invested in. Ask your doctor if you will need retainers to keep your teeth in their new position. Vivera® retainers are custom made using the same state-of-the-art technology as Invisalign®. Vivera® retainers lock in your beautiful smile.
Here are some tips to help you take care of your smile!
Brushing twice a day for two minutes and flossing dailyare essential for everyone, no matter how unique your mouth is. It’s the best way to fight tooth decay and gum disease.
Build a relationship
Continuity of care is an important part of any health plan and dental health is no exception. When Dr. Zotis sees you regularly, he or she is in a good position to catch oral problems early. For instance, catching gum disease when it’s still reversible, or cavities when they are small and are more easily treated.
Keeping your mouth healthy is an essential piece of your overall health. It’s important to keep Dr. Zotis informed of any changes in your overall health as well.
Talk about it!
Only Dr. Zotis can determine what the best treatment plan is for you. Have questions about your oral health or certain dental procedures? Start a conversation. Ask Dr. Zotis to explain step-by-step. Dentists love having satisfied, healthy patients.