The Invisalign Treatment Process
Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic treatment option that has made getting straight teeth more obtainable for adults and teens. Where traditional braces might be unappealing or even impossible, Invisalign allows for a less intrusive orthodontic experience. Below is an outline of the Invisalign treatment process at OoLi Orthodontics from our offices in Phoenix and Tempe, AZ.
Step 1: Get a Consultation with an Orthodontist
Whether you desire some form of Invisalign or another orthodontic treatment solution, the first step towards your perfect smile is to schedule a consultation with an AAO-certified orthodontist who is also an Invisalign provider, like our very own Dr. Park. This is crucial for both the aesthetic and health goals of your orthodontic treatment.
In your preliminary consultation, you’ll cover what you want to achieve with orthodontic treatment and determine if Invisalign is a good fit for your goals and smile. Your orthodontist will then map out a step-by-step customized treatment plan that outlines the transformation of your teeth. Invisalign also allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete – really encouraging and motivating feature!
If you are an Arizona resident, OoLi Orthodontics offers completely free, no-obligation consultations for orthodontic treatment, including Invisalign consultations. You can even schedule your consultation instantly online and fill out all necessary forms on our website, so you can get straight to your consultation with Dr. Park when you arrive. Dr. Park was voted the top orthodontist in Phoenix by his peers, so you know you’ll be in excellent hands!
Step 2: Approve Your Treatment Plan
After your initial consultation where you and your orthodontist determine that Invisalign is the best option for you, you’ll have the opportunity to approve your treatment plan. This step opens discussion for you to consult with your orthodontist on any concerns or possible modifications you may find necessary. Once you approve your treatment plan, your orthodontist will submit your aligners for creation and you’ll receive them on your next visit.
Step 3: Wear Your Aligners and Complete Treatment
Once you receive your aligners, you’ll wear them for 22 hours a day, changing aligners every 1-2 weeks on average, as directed by your orthodontist. The aligners will gradually shift your teeth in accordance to your treatment plan until you have your final beautiful smile.
Just like how every smile is different, treatment plans and lengths can vary as well. Your Invisalign treatment length depends on a number of factors, like how complex your case is and how often you wear your aligners. Your orthodontist will be able to give you an exact length of treatment based off your unique Invisalign plan. Most Invisalign treatments last between 12-18 months, but you can usually start seeing a change and difference in your smile within a matter of weeks.
Step 4: Maintain and Keep Your New Smile
Many orthodontists, including Dr. Park, will typically recommend using a retainer, whether you’ve had braces or Invisalign, to prevent your teeth from gradually shifting into their original position or straying from their intended final placement. Retainers can often be worn just at night while sleeping. Another popular option that helps smiles that are prone to teeth shifting is a very small permanent retainer on the backside of the lower front teeth. It’s virtually invisible and helps with those lower front teeth, which are often the most problematic after treatment concludes. Dr. Park will advise you on retainer options once your treatment is nearing completion.
Have more questions about the treatment process? Well then, it might be time to come in for a free consultation to have all of your questions answered! Make a list (of questions), check it twice, and unlike santa, we’re available year-round to help!