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Getting Started with Invisalign®: What to Expect

Getting Started with Invisalign®: What to Expect

There’s something about a nice smile that boosts your self-confidence. If you have crooked teeth, you’ve probably wanted a way to straighten them. If braces sound too visible or lifestyle-impacting, we have good news. 

Our team at Simple Smiles in Johnson City, Tennessee, offers Invisalign®. These clear, plastic aligners work just as well as braces to correct a broad range of smile problems. If you’re ready to get straighter teeth in a way that’s convenient and discreet, Invisalign delivers. 

Here, you can learn what you can expect from these aligners  —and why our team so often recommends Invisalign as both an effective and cosmetically pleasing alternative to traditional braces for older teens and adults.

What sets Invisalign apart

The Invisalign treatment plan requires you to wear a series of clear, removable aligners that gradually straighten your teeth. These aligners are designed and 3D printed specifically  to fit your unique mouth. There are no brackets or wires and none of the food restrictions that come with metal braces.

The clear aligners are made of a patented flexible and strong thermoplastic that’s FDA-approved and contains no BPA, BPS, latex, or gluten. Because they’re created specifically for you, they fit so snugly over your teeth that they’re essentially invisible once in place. 

Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are easily removed. You need to wear your aligners for roughly 22 hours a day for them to work, but that gives you plenty of free time to take your aligners out to eat, play sports, or attend a special social or work event. Just brush and floss before you slip them back on to prevent stains from marring the surfaces of your teeth or the aligners.

Your steps to a straighter smile

With Invisalign, you can get your dream smile by following these easy steps:

1. Make your initial consultation appointment with us

During this appointment, your dentist discusses your goals, expectations, other factors pertinent to your specific needs, and the Invisalign process. We may recommend that you schedule a thorough dental exam and cleaning before you begin Invisalign treatment. This helps to ensure your teeth and gums are in good health before beginning the process.

2. Get your mouth scanned

Once your mouth is ready, we use specialized equipment to take a digital scan of your teeth. Then, we use specially designed software to create customized templates of the series of aligners you’ll need over the course of your treatment. 

To move you steadily closer to your ideal smile, each template varies slightly in tooth positioning. This part of the process gives you a look at how your tooth alignment will change over the coming months — and the final smile you can expect

3. Wait while your aligners get created

We send your digital scan results to a lab where experienced technicians create your aligners. Each set is 3D printed to follow the step-by-step repositioning outlined in the digital scan and your Simple Smiles provider’s treatment strategy.

4. Get started

When your aligners are ready, you visit our office so that e can make sure the first set in the series fits comfortably. Your dentist gives you specific instructions about wearing the aligners and how to care for them. This is also a great opportunity to ask any questions you might have about living with Invisalign. 

5. Make strides toward your dream smile

Again, we recommend that you wear your aligners about 22 hours a day. Make sure you brush, floss, and clean your aligners as directed to maintain your oral health, too. 

We create each aligner to shift your teeth into better alignment, and you can expect to wear each for about two weeks before switching to the next set in the series. As you work through your Invisalign treatment, you visit us periodically, so we can make sure everything is one track. 

For more information about how Invisalign can straighten your smile without the discomfort and visibility of traditional metal braces, don’t hesitate to call Simple Smiles to schedule your initial consultation. 

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