The Invisalign Process
Invisalign treatment at Guildford Orthodontic Centre in Surrey involves a custom-made series of clear aligners created to treat your unique orthodontic issues.
Step 1: Talk to Your Invisalign Provider
The Invisalign providers at Guildford Orthodontic Centre are able to evaluate your needs and determine if and how Invisalign can help you. During the consultation, we will discuss your case in detail to determine if you're a good candidate for Invisalign. Invisalign now addresses many cases, from simple to more complex. This will also be your opportunity to ask any questions about Invisalign, costs, dental/orthodontic insurance, or any other concerns.
Step 2: A Customized Treatment Plan is Created for You
The Guildford Orthodontic Centre team will take x-rays, pictures and impressions of your teeth, which will be used to create a digital 3-D image of your mouth. From these images we will map out a precise treatment plan, including the exact movements of your teeth, and tell you the approximate length of treatment. Using the same technology we will be able to show you a virtual representation of how your teeth will move with each stage of treatment. While every case is unique to each patient, treatment typically takes approximately a year for adults. For teens the length of treatments is comparable to that of braces.
Step 3: Receive Your Custom Aligners Based On Your Personalized Treatment Plan
A series of custom-made, clear aligners is then created specifically for you. These aligners are made of a smooth, comfortable, BPA-free plastic that won't irritate your cheeks and gums. You will wear them throughout the day, and remove them when you eat or to brush and floss your teeth. As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth gently and gradually begin to shift into place. And because they're clear and discreet, most people won't even notice you're wearing them.
Step 4: Wear a New Aligner Every Two Weeks
Approximately every two weeks, you will begin wearing a new set of aligners, advancing you to the next stage of your treatment. To monitor your progress, you will also have occasional checkups with your dentist, typically every six weeks or so. For best results and a timely outcome, you should wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, throughout your entire treatment. At every stage, you will be able to see how much closer you are to having the smile that reflects the real you.
Step 5: Reveal Your New Smile & Keep It Looking Great
It's an exciting day when you reach the end of treatment – and you will be smiling more than ever! The Guildford Orthodontic Centre team invite you a final appointment in this treatment process, during which they will determine if you will need retainers to keep your teeth in their new positions.