If you are looking to treat your crooked teeth, you may be wondering if Invisalign treatment is right for you.
Invisalign Treatment: How Does It Work?
Many patients who come into the office for a consultation ask me if their case can be treated with Invisalign. Most patients don’t understand the process or how Invisalign actually works. This is what happens with an Invisalign patient. First, we take a digital scan of their mouth using a wand, which makes a little recording of their teeth and creates a three-dimensional representation of the patient’s mouth and teeth. That representation is sent to the Invisalign headquarters, where a technician sits down and resets all the teeth utilizing computer software. After that, the case is sent back to us and we, as doctors, sit down and evaluate whether the technician moved the teeth properly.
Invisalign Treatment: Treatment Plan
Using our software, we can fine tune and move teeth again, beyond what the technician did, improving on the result they might have achieved. Once we’ve made those corrections, the technician will tune up the treatment and return it to us. Often, this process is repeated several times before we finalize and accept the treatment plan.
Invisalign Treatment: Retainers
Once accepted, Invisalign will then print the retainers using a 3-D printer. If you visualize the technology, it is a 3-D printer that prints those plastic trays. As an example, for a patient who might be contemplating a one-year treatment, 26 sets of retainers – both top and bottom – will be printed out. Those retainers are shipped to our office and we dispense them as the patient goes through treatment. We sometimes stretch appointments out and give patients four to six sets of retainers, asking them to wear each set for 10 to 14 days.
If you are interested in receiving Invisalign treatment, please call one of our five Buffalo locations to schedule a free consultation.