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Invisalign burst onto the dental scene back in 1998 after it was approved by the FDA as an alternative to traditional metal braces. Since then, millions of adults and teens have successfully used Invisalign to straighten their teeth and give them a show-stopping smile, making it one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures on the market. 

Step #1 - Comprehensive Exam

During your first visit, your dentist will complete a comprehensive exam of your dental status and health. This visit will include a full physical exam, complete dental health history, and diagnostic imaging to determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign.

Step #2 - 3D Scan

If the dentist determines that you are a good candidate for Invisalign, the next step is a 3D scan of your mouth using the iTero Lumina™ scanner. This scan will be used to create a map that will help the dentist create a custom Invisalign plan for you.

Step #3 - Custom Aligners

After your customized Invisalign plan is developed, a series of 20-50 clear, removable aligners will be created which are unique to your teeth. These aligners will be worn in succession, with each aligner being worn for 20-22 hours per day over a short period of time, slowly moving the teeth into the desired position. It is important to wear the aligners for the required number of hours each day or they will not straighten the teeth as effectively or quickly as intended.

Step #4 - Regular Check-ins

You will have frequent visits to the dentist during the alignment process. During these check-in visits, the dentist will assess your progress, answer any questions you may have, give advice about oral health and care, and ensure that the aligners are as comfortable as possible.

Step #5 - Post-Alignment Retainer

You will need to wear a retainer after your Invisalign treatment is finished to keep your teeth in the correct location and alignment. This retainer is vital for preventing the teeth from returning to their previously misaligned state. Your dentist will create a custom retainer for you and explain how to use and care for it properly.

Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign®

How do you take care of your teeth with Invisalign?

Caring for your teeth while using Invisalign is crucial. Along with cleaning the Invisalign aligner trays properly using the Invisalign cleaning system or unscented, non-abrasive liquid soap, you will also need to brush and floss your teeth just as you would normally. This includes morning upon waking, at night before bed, and after meals. You should also continue to receive routine dental care, such as exams and cleanings, during the Invisalign process.

How quickly will Invisalign move my teeth?

Invisalign takes an average of 9 to 24 months to straighten the teeth, depending on the severity of the initial misalignment.

Straighten Your Smile in Stockbridge with Invisalign

Invisalign is a great alternative to traditional metal braces for patients who want a faster and less visible straightening solution. For adults and teens, Advanced Dentistry of Stockbridge is the best place to go for Invisalign treatment. To find out more or see if you are a good candidate for Invisalign, contact us at 770-389-0389 or book an appointment online.

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