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What to Expect When Getting Started With Invisalign

Mar 01, 2024
What to Expect When Getting Started With Invisalign
An Invisalign consultation is your first step toward a more balanced smile and better oral health. Here’s what to expect.

As the most popular clear aligner system, Invisalign® draws millions of adults and adolescents interested in a more balanced and functional smile. With notable advantages over braces, Invisalign is often the preferred way to correct an overbite, underbite, open bite, wide gaps, and other smile imbalances. 

At Las Positas Family Dental in Livermore, California, dentists Thi Hoang, DDS, and Theresa Hoang, DDS, plan and customize Invisalign treatments for teens and adults who want to elevate their oral health. 

Beyond cosmetics, Invisalign results make for healthier and easier-to-clean teeth. You can visit Las Positas Family Dental anytime to discuss the remarkable benefits of Invisalign during a personalized treatment consultation. 

If you’re pondering orthodontics for yourself or your teen, you might wonder what to expect when starting the Invisalign treatment. In this brief guide, we’ll tell you what to anticipate during your initial visit and the beginning of your treatment with clear aligners. 

Your initial consultation

The consultation is the first step in starting the Invisalign treatment. During this visit, we examine your teeth and your bite.  Your initial consultation involves:

Oral exam

An Invisalign consultation starts with an oral exam, much like a typical preventive care exam. We look for any current concerns that might interfere with treatment success, including cavities and gum disease. We may need to treat complications like these before you start orthodontic treatment. 

Digital X-rays

An initial consultation also involves a series of digital X-rays. They show the positions of your teeth and jaw as well as the insides of the bones. 

Intraoral scans

Intraoral scans are taken and uploaded to an advanced computer program for treatment planning. Using these scans, we can predict the optimal way for your teeth to shift with Invisalign aligners. 

Beginning the treatment process

During Invisalign, you use a numbered series of custom plastic aligners designed from your intraoral scans. Each aligner moves your teeth a little closer to their optimal position by placing pressure on certain points of your teeth and jaw. 

We provide instructions on how to use your aligners effectively and complete treatment promptly. Wear your aligners for 20-22 hours daily, removing them only to eat and drink anything other than water. You’ll progress to the next aligner in your series every 1-2 weeks. 

Throughout treatment, you’ll return to Las Positas Family Dental every few weeks to check in with your dentist and track your progress. 

Get started today

Our expert dentists are ready to see you for your obligation-free Invisalign consultation. Call Las Positas Family Dental to schedule your consultation or book online today.