How Invisalign works

Are you familiar with how Invisalign works? Have you ever heard of it? One thing is certain, it is much more discreet than its rivals, the braces that we all know, and certainly more practical too. As a patient, Invisalign treatment couldn’t be simpler. But know that behind each aligner, the movements of your teeth have been analyzed and planned with great precision, by a qualified orthodontist. His hours of lessons and development, as well as his many years of practice, allow him to master the art of Invisalign and to offer you tailor-made orthodontic treatment perfectly adapted to your teeth. See how Invisalign works for a patient, but also see the involvement and importance of the orthodontist in the process.

1. Consultation

Obviously, a first meeting is necessary. The consultation allows you to be informed about the treatments offered. The complexity of your malocclusion will be assessed by Dr. Brault, who can guide you towards the appropriate treatment. Most of the time, Invisalign is the treatment chosen. If this is the case, we will then take photos, x-rays, scans and impressions of your teeth.

2. The creation of shells

Taking impressions allows you to recreate a 3D illustration of your teeth. In this way, the orthodontist can predict the movements of your teeth. Make no mistake: programming cannot be done alone. Indeed, it is the orthodontist who must analyze the data, modify it and adapt the treatment to the patient’s teeth.

3. The appetizer

Once the treatment is approved by the orthodontist, the shells will be sent to production. You will be invited to the clinic for the insertion of your first splint and for explanations of the treatment. We will give you your series of custom-designed shells. The number of trays varies depending on the complexity of your treatment.

4. The process

Generally speaking, you should change your Invisalign trays every 7 days according to Dr. Brault’s instructions. Each tray must be worn at all times, except during meals and when brushing your teeth. An average of 154 hours per Invisalign tray. Dr. Brault will closely monitor the progress of your treatment. You will have an appointment after 8 weeks and if all the instructions are understood and respected, the doctor will adapt the next appointments accordingly. It is common to have intervals of 10 weeks, which is appreciated by patients with very busy schedules.

Regarding the duration of treatment, it varies depending on the complexity of the malocclusion to be treated:

Minor malocclusion: 3 to 8 months.

Moderate malocclusion: 9 to 14 months.

Severe malocclusion: 14 to 20 months.

5. After treatment

Finally, when you have completed your Invisalign treatment, you will need to use a retainer to prevent the teeth from returning to their initial position (Read the article on The importance of orthodontic retention).

If some of your questions have still not been answered, do not hesitate to speak with Dr. Brault’s team.

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