what to expect before and after invisalign treatment
what to expect before and after invisalign treatment

What to Expect Before, During and After Your Invisalign Treatment

Are you considering Invisalign clear aligners to straighten your teeth?

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What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a series of invisible trays that are worn and used for straightening teeth. During treatment, you receive a series of two trays, which are worn around your top and bottom teeth, respectively. Invisalign is available to teens and adults alike. Invisalign is a functional and effective alternative orthodontic treatment to traditional wired braces.

Virtually invisible, these aligners are by far the most discrete tooth correction treatment method on the market right now.

No need to worry about wearing the “brace face” that usually goes along with fixing disorderly teeth. Invisalign teeth aligners are completely clear, making for an ultra-discrete treatment method.

Because Invisalign trays are easily removable, you don’t need to change the foods you eat or what sports you play.

You can take them off whenever you want. Invisalign makes it easy for you to keep living your life as usual.

The best part about Invisalign aligners. You begin transforming your smile from the moment you put them on.

Invisalign Offers Fast Results

Some patients start seeing results as soon as just a few weeks after they begin treatment.

And, did we mention? No one will even know you’re wearing them.

Invisalign helps you:

  • Correct crooked teeth.
  • Make space even in a mouth with crowded teeth.
  • Close gaps between widely spaced teeth.
  • Eliminate all the bites issues: overbites, underbites; you name it!
  • Feel the most confidence you’ve ever felt about your smile.

And much, much more!

How Invisalign Works & Why It’s Effective

Invisalign gradually corrects teeth, moving them into optimal alignment over time. With proprietary SmartTrack material, Invisalign has the power to move your teeth up, down and even rotate them around. Each aligner is custom-made using advanced 3D printing technology for the patient in question.

So, yes, Invisalign truly works, and it can work for you too!

In fact, some patients say Invisalign works better than braces. Whether that’s true for you depends on your case and what your Invisalign dentist recommends.

Are you ready to explore what a typical treatment looks like? Read on to find out what to expect before, during and after your Invisalign treatment.

Before Your Invisalign Treatment

Before you begin the journey towards your new smile, it’s essential to determine whether Invisalign treatment is right for you. You can start by taking the free Smile Assessment Test on the Invisalign website.

If you’re still not sure after taking the test, don’t worry. An Invisalign doctor will be happy to help you.

Set up your free, no obligation Invisalign screening today!

During your initial consultation, your doctor will start by evaluating your Invisalign candidacy. Candidacy is based off your previous orthodontic treatments, the severity of your case, your lifestyle and more.

If all signs point toward moving forward, the doctor will scan your teeth and define your personalized treatment plan. You’ll even see a sneak peek of how your new smile will look!

Once your treatment plan is finalized, your new aligners are sent to the lab for printing. All you need to do is wait for them. Each and every orthodontic aligner is customized with high-quality materials, so this usually takes up to four weeks.

During Your Invisalign Treatment

Once your Invisalign trays are ready, it’s time to start transforming your teeth into the smile you have always wanted. Here’s everything you need to know about your Invisalign treatment.

The First Day of Your New Smile

When you pick up your first clear aligners, you’ll have an opportunity to try them on with your doctor present. This is the time to ask questions and make sure you’re comfortable with your new Invisalign treatment plan.

During this visit, your Invisalign doctor will…

  • Check that your aligners fit properly
  • Answer any questions about your new aligners
  • Let you know next steps for your Invisalign treatment

From there, make sure to return for routine checkups every 4-to-8 weeks. This way, you can track progress and ensure everything is working as it should be.

Wearing Your Invisalign Aligners: Frequently Asked Questions

Not sure what to expect from your Invisalign treatment? Below, you’ll find answers to your questions about Invisalign.

Keep reading to find out how long you need to wear your trays when you can take them off, if the process is painful and more.

Q: How long should I wear my Invisalign clear aligners?

A: For the best results, you should wear your Invisalign aligners for 20-22 hours per day. It’s safe for you to sleep while the trays are working their magic.

Q: How often do I need to replace my Invisalign aligners?

A: Replace aligners every 1-2 weeks depending on what your doctor recommends.

Q: How long does Invisalign treatment take from start to finish?

A: Your Invisalign treatment plan will depend on what your doctor recommends, but the average treatment time is between 12 to 18 months. It is comparable to the time it takes for braces to correct your teeth.

Q: Does Invisalign treatment hurt?

A: Invisalign is not painful, but it may take you a day or two to adjust to your new aligners. Be patient during this time. This is the only discomfort you’ll experience, and it’s normal.

Q: How should I clean my aligners?

A: Brush your aligners on a daily basis. For best results, you brush them and clean your aligners at meal times and before putting them back onto your teeth.

Q: Can I only wear my Invisalign at night?

A: It is not recommended to wear your Invisalign at night. Just wearing your aligners at night will prolong the treatment time.

You can wear your aligners at any time! No need to change your diet or your activities. Keep going about your everyday life, and remove the aligners as you see fit. Just be sure to wear them 20-22 hours per day for optimal results.

Now you’re well prepared for your treatment. Get ready to start seeing your new smile in no time.

After Your Invisalign Treatment

Congratulations! You completed your Invisalign treatment, and now you have a brand new beautiful smile. So, what’s next?

Upon completing your treatment, your doctor may recommend you wear a retainer. Retainers help keep teeth aligned after orthodontic treatments. This is routine, and most people wear a retainer after wearing braces or clear aligners. If you’re unsure whether you need one, ask your doctor.

There’s no recovery time involved in Invisalign treatments, and you’ll be smiling from the moment you remove your aligners for good. Now all that’s left for you to do is sit back and enjoy your new teeth.

Start Your Invisalign Journey Today

Did you know Invisalign can be more affordable than braces?

Depending on your quote from the doctor, your Invisalign treatment can cost anywhere from $4,500 to $6,000 while the average cost of braces is right around $5,000.

Most insurance companies cover at least a portion of Invisalign treatments, and you don’t need to pay for the rest up front.

You can select a monthly payment plan that fits your needs. At the same price point as braces, Invisalign gives you the same results without wearing metal in your mouth.

Is Invisalign Right For You?

Apple Springs Family Dentistry is here to help you with your Invisalign treatment. We offer a free, no-obligation Invisalign consultation.

Why put off straightening your teeth any longer? After all, what is the advantage of waiting? To schedule your Invisalign evaluation now at our Leander dental office, call Apple Springs Family Dentistry now at (512) 212-9711.

We look forward to serving your future dental needs, helping you get straighter teeth and acquire the perfect smile you desire.

3421 N Lakeline Blvd, Suite 230
Leander, Texas 78641

Phone: (512) 212-9711

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