What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a custom clear aligner made from SmartTrack plastic that patients wear over their teeth to straighten their teeth and address malocclusions. The plastic allows the aligners to fit over your teeth and gradually align them over the duration of the treatment. They’re an excellent alternative to traditional metal braces, especially since they’re transparent and almost invisible on the teeth.
The Invisalign Process
Initial Consultation and Treatment Plan
After scheduling an appointment with us, one of our licensed Cerritos dentists will call you in for a consultation. This consultation lets the dentist know more about you, your cosmetic goals, and your expectations. The dentist will also review your dental records, physically examine your teeth, and take X-rays to determine the suitability of Invisalign for your case. If you qualify for Invisalign, the dentist will create a treatment plan detailing the procedure.
Digital Simulation and Fabricating Your Custom Aligners
Next, your dentist will scan your teeth with a digital scanner, then upload it to a computer and show you a 3D render of the mouth and what it’ll look like after the treatment. The dentist will then send the renders to an external lab to manufacture your custom aligners.
Fitting and Wearing the Aligners
After about four weeks, the dentist will schedule an appointment to fit the aligners. The fitting involves placing the Invisalign trays over your teeth and checking their fit. If they fit comfortably, the dentist will give you a set of aligners. It’s worth noting that you’ll have to swap the pair of aligners for new ones every two weeks and wear them for at least twenty hours daily.