You may already be somewhat familiar with how the Invisalign® treatment works, and we’d like to guide you through each step of the treatment process, from consultation to confident smile. Whether you’re considering treatment for yourself or someone else, becoming educated on the entire process will help you be more confident in your decision to choose Invisalign®.
1. Talk to us
This is an important medical and financial decision, that’s why choosing the right treatment plan is so essential. Dr. Pocock is one of a small number of British Columbia orthodontists who are certified to work with Invisalign® and can therefore accurately evaluate your needs and determine how Invisalign® can help you. During the consultation, we will discuss your case in detail to determine if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign®. This will also be your opportunity to ask any questions you have about the treatment: costs, dental/orthodontic insurance, or any other concerns.
2. Getting Started
We begin by taking a 2 specialized x-rays, clinical photos. Next, we will use our new iTero scanner to digitally scan your teeth; thus eliminating the need for impressions! The iTero scanner creates a full 3D perspective of your teeth. From these images Dr. Pocock maps out a precise treatment plan, including the exact movements of your teeth. Using this scanning technology, we can even show you a virtual representation of how your teeth will move with each stage of treatment.
3. Getting Your Personal, Custom Aligners
Based on your individual treatment plan, a series of custom-made, clear aligners are 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.
4. A Simple Process with Only Occasional Checkups
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 us, usually only every 8 – 10 weeks. At every stage, you will be able to see how much closer you are to having the smile that reflects the real you.
5. Are we there yet?
While every case is unique to each patient, treatment typically takes approximately one year for adults. For teens, the length of treatment is comparable to that of braces, but since your teeth won’t be covered by wires and brackets, you’ll be able to see improvement much sooner. For best results and a timely outcome, you should wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, throughout your entire treatment.