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Invisalign Process – Garland, TX

Your Journey to a Straighter Smile

dentist showing Invisalign

Are you ready to let Invisalign in Garland help you achieve a straighter, healthier smile? You might be curious about the path ahead of you. On this page, we outline the basics of the Invisalign process so you can have realistic expectations about your treatment.

Getting Started

Invisalign and dental model

The first step in the Invisalign process is to visit us for a consultation. Your cosmetic dentist in Garland will evaluate your teeth, speak to you about your goals, and help you decide whether Invisalign is truly a fit for your circumstances. If it is, we will take some impressions and images of your teeth. We then send all of that data, along with detailed notes, to the Invisalign laboratory, which will use its advanced software to create a preview of your treatment results. We’ll review Invisalign’s projection and give them feedback. We work with Invisalign to create the ideal plan for moving your teeth. Once we are satisfied with the planned treatment course, we give Invisalign the go-ahead to create your aligners.

During Treatment

young woman with Invisalign

You’ll wear each aligner for 20 – 22 hours each day for about two weeks before you move on to the next aligner in the series. When you switch to a new aligner, your mouth may be a bit sore for a day or two. However, OTC pain relievers should be enough to take the edge off of any discomfort you feel.

You’ll need to visit us periodically (every 4 – 6 weeks or so) for brief checkups. During these appointments, which are usually short enough to squeeze into your lunch break, we check on your treatment’s progress and provide you with the next set of aligners in your series. Remember that your Invisalign checkups are not a substitute for routine dental care. You’ll still have to attend your regular cleanings and exams.

If you ever have any questions or concerns about Invisalign — for example, if you lose track of one of your aligners or accidentally damage one— don’t hesitate to give us a call. We are always ready to help!

After Treatment

orthodontic retainer

After you work your way through all of your aligners, we’ll provide you with a retainer. At first, you’ll need to wear your retainer full-time. However, as the months pass, you’ll be able to graduate to wearing it only at night for a few days each week. Your retainer will prevent your teeth from drifting back out of place so you can enjoy your improved smile for a lifetime to come.