By Rafael Mercado, DDS on February 26, 2019
Orthodontic treatment is a highly personalized process, and straightening your teeth with Invisalign® is no different. Each and every treatment plan at our Castle Hills, TX practice is tailor made to fit the unique needs of the patient.
The average Invisalign treatment timeline takes about 12 months. However, this can vary depending on your particular case and the complexity of your orthodontic issues. Here, the team at Castle Hills Family Dental discusses the general steps involved in Invisalign treatment so patients can be well-informed about the process.
Initial Invisalign Consultation
To determine your eligibility for Invisalign, Dr. Rafael Mercado will see you for a comprehensive oral evaluation. During this visit, he will visually assess the health and alignment of your teeth. X-rays and scans will be taken as well, which can help him determine the position of the teeth roots and the overall health of the supporting jawbone.
Designing a Treatment Plan
If Dr. Mercado determines that you are a candidate for Invisalign, the treatment planning process can begin. First, impressions of your teeth will be taken. This will be achieved with either alginate impressions or a digital handheld wand.
Once these have been obtained, they are sent to the Invisalign lab, where a trained technician will begin crafting your aligner trays. The lab tech will fabricate your trays according to your unique dental anatomy.
Receiving Your First Set of Aligners
Once the aligners have been made, we will schedule you for an appointment at our practice. Dr. Mercado will have you try on your first set of Invisalign trays, ensuring a snug and comfortable fit.
At this time, our team provides detailed guidelines about appropriate wear and maintenance. It is important that these instructions be followed to achieve optimal results.
Active Invisalign Treatment
Your first set of aligners will be worn for approximately two weeks before switching them out for the next pair. Dr. Mercado will let you know exactly when to change them out, according to your customized plan.
To work effectively, your Invisalign trays must be worn precisely as directed. This means wearing them 22 hours a day, without fail. They should only be removed during meal times and when you are brushing or flossing.
During active treatment, patients typically require checkups approximately every six weeks. During these visits, Dr. Mercado will check your progress and make sure treatment is going as smoothly as possible.
Retention: Maintaining Your Brilliant Smile
Once your teeth have been straightened, your active Invisalign treatment phase will be complete. However, to maintain your progress, it is important to wear a retainer. This appliance will keep your teeth from shifting back into their old positions.
In many cases, patients can simply wear their last set of aligners to retain their smile, but there are other options as well. Dr. Mercado can help you find a retainer that will fit your lifestyle and preferences.
Contact Castle Hills Family Dental Today
Invisalign is an excellent choice for those wishing to straighten their teeth discreetly. To learn more about this revolutionary treatment, schedule a consultation at our practice. Contact us online or give us a call at (210) 405-1257.