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The choice to invest in Invisalign is one that you’ve made with careful consideration. You’ve done your homework, chosen an orthodontist you can trust, and now you’re ready for that first appointment.
We’re here to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Here’s how we do it:
During the initial consultation, we’ll take a look at your teeth to determine the best treatment plan moving forward to meet your goals. In some cases, the goal is to tweak an overbite or underbite, or take care of crowding or gaps. Other times we see situations that are more complicated.
Not everyone is a candidate for Invisalign, at least not as the first step of their plan to achieve that movie star smile, so after we have a chance to evaluate you, we can discuss at length what all is involved in creating a custom plan for you.
We’ll answer any questions you may have and explain in detail what you may expect at each subsequent appointment.
But first, we’ll need to gather some information on you. Such as:
X-rays: this may involve panoramic or full-mouth images to give us the most complete view of the health of your teeth roots and positioning and jawbone
Bite registration: how do your teeth fit together? We can quickly take a record
Molded dental impressions: using a tray of putty, we can get an exact copy of what your teeth look like and make a mold or imprint of it all
Photos: we will take patient photographs from various angles
With all of the above completed, we’ll be able to devise the perfect plan for you. We’ll provide you with a report that outlines your current situation and how we plan to treat your teeth. The records we’ve collected will be sent to a lab where a digital scan is used to create a 3D rendering of how your teeth will look. It’s quite amazing to see how your teeth will shift and move throughout treatment in the weeks and months ahead.
Clear plastic aligners will be created just for you! We’ll review how many hours a day you should be wearing your aligners and how to take care of them throughout the first two weeks of treatment. Again we’ll address any questions or concerns you may have.
You’ll receive your aligners with instructions on when to switch them out for the next pair. Each time you switch to a new set of aligners, you may experience some discomfort. That’s because the aligners are designed to fit where your teeth should be at the end of the two weeks—so during the first few days when your teeth are moving, there will be some discomfort. As this discomfort fades away, you’ll know your teeth are moving in the right direction.
It’s a straightforward, well-proven process and working with a dentist you trust will make all the difference.