The Process - Your custom-made smile program

Your treatment plan begins with a consultation with an experienced member of our Invisalign® team. During that consultation, we will discuss the options to treat your particular issue, whether it be an aesthetic or bite problem (or both).

Once we have confirmed that your issue can be corrected with the Invisalign® system, we can give you a time and cost estimate of your particular case and discuss options. When you begin treatment, you'll wear each set of aligners in approximately two-week increments. The aligners gently move your teeth into position, and at the end of each two-week period, you "graduate" to the next set of custom aligners.

As you progress through the series of aligners, your teeth will begin moving, little by little. And you don't have to wait until you complete treatment to see your smile change—you may start seeing positive changes early in the process. You will have occasional checkups with us—usually every six weeks—in order to gauge your progress. And at the end of your treatment, you'll be showing off a smile you never knew you'd have before you had Invisalign®.

This is the complete sequence of events:

First Stage

After our consultation and we have agreed that Invisalign® is the correct treatment for you, we will take impressions of your top and bottom teeth and a registration of how your bite meets together. In addition, we will need some simple x-rays and photographs of your face, jaws and teeth to ensure we create a perfect smile that matches your face. These records are sent to Invisalign® to begin the process.

Second Stage

After about 3-4 weeks, we will meet you again so that you can view your very own movie of how your smile will change. You can actually see how it moves every few weeks. Once you are happy with the predicted outcome, we give the green light to the Invisalign® team to manufacture your special aligners.

Third Stage

Your first set of aligners are fitted. They are to be worn for 2 weeks, 22 hours per day...this is really critical if we want to achieve a perfect result. You change into the second set after 2 weeks and you store the original in a special carrying box just in case you lose or damage the current set of aligners.

Usually at the beginning of the 2nd aligners, we often bond small tooth coloured plastic buttons to your teeth to aid in the accurate movement of each aligner. They are almost impossible to see but are crucial to the success of the treatment.

Sometimes some polishing is needed between certain teeth to create better proportions on the teeth or help with space contraints wen fixing crowding. The computer simulation would tell us if this is needed even at the planning stage.


Final Stage

Once you have completed wearing all the aligners, we assess whether your teeth have moved into the position we had predicted. Most of the time, we achieve a high proportion of what we expected. Sometimes we choose to take another set of impressions and order some extra aligners to bring us to an even more ideal result.

The last thing we need to do is to make sure that your teeth stay in this perfect position so we retain them by either bonding a tiny wire on the inside or giving you some retainers to wear at night time.

Many patients will go on to have some bleaching, some will have bonding to take the aesthetics to the next level.