Invisalign - What to expect?


Who doesn't want a perfect and beautiful straight smile? A beautiful smile that can add a boost of confidence to your personality and make you feel happy. Not all are of us have such aligned and straight smiles, but that does not mean we cannot achieve one! We are blessed with the power of dentistry and orthodontic treatment. Now, you might think dentistry means traditional braces and wires! Well, not necessarily. With the advancement in technology, we now have the option of going for Invisalign.

If you want a beautifully straight smile without the metal wires and braces, then stick with us as we talk all about the magic of Invisalign and how we, at My Smile Dental Clinic, can help.

Let us start with, What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that corrects teeth alignment. Invisalign uses clear aligners developed using digital images and impressions taken from your mouth by your dentist. While the traditional brace makes use of fixed wires to “pull” the teeth into alignment, Invisalign aligns the teeth by using a series of molds that, over a period of several months, force your teeth into their new and improved position.

What are the Advantages of Invisalign Over Traditional Braces?

There are many advantages of Invisalign over the conventional metal braces, such as:

  • They are clear aligners which means they are almost invisible.
  • No more metal wires causing discomfort while eating your favorite foods.
  • They are removable. You need to remove aligners before eating and brushing. It is advised that you wear the aligner for 20-22 hours a day to get desired results.
  • Invisalign aligners are easy to clean and maintain than metal braces.

Now, let us Look into the process of getting started with Invisalign

The process might vary for you, depending on your oral situation. Here, we will look through the general steps followed for Invisalign.

Initial Consultation

At the initial consultation, you will be visiting our clinic to have a one-on-one consultation with our expert dentist. During your visit, our dentist will discuss the Invisalign process, how Invisalign works, and, the likely Invisalign cost for you. This will help you to make an informed decision.

X-Rays & Molding Process

We will take digital scans, photographs, and x-rays to create an accurate model of your mouth and teeth. This helps in planning how we’ll go about aligning your teeth for our intended goal. From these images, we’ll be able to have a good idea of what we’re working from. The final step here is to take impressions of the teeth on which your Invisalign aligners (or tray) will be based.

Preparatory Work

Your teeth might need some basic preparation before fitting your first tray. Depending on the situation your Dentist will inform you of the preparations required.

First Fitting

You’ll receive the first feel of your Invisalign braces. The clear aligners are modeled from your impressions and should feel tight when first put on. During this stage, your dentist will review the fit and may try a few different molds before they are entirely happy. They will likely ask you how the trays feel, whether you can sense any movement or whether they are uncomfortable. At this point, it is entirely normal for your new Invisalign braces to feel strange in the mouth. They should be tight - but not painfully so, as they must be strong enough to begin the realignment process.

Follow-up Appointments & Tray Changes

Your clear Invisalign aligners will be changed every one or two weeks, depending on the decision of the dentist. If required, you might need to extend the time if your dentist feels the positioning of the teeth is yet to be achieved.

Each new aligner will have been constructed as a next “phase” in the movement of your teeth, inducing your teeth towards the intended alignment goal. This is how Invisalign works.

You might need to visit your dentist as scheduled or when you have pain or discomfort from the aligners.

Still not sure whether the Invisalign is for you? Visit our specialist at My Smile Dental Clinic, and they will guide you through.