Process of Invisalign – Torrance, CA
How to Achieve a Straighter Smile
When preparing for Invisalign in Torrance, you’re probably wanting to know more about the process and how to get started with your clear aligners. At Blue Coast Dental Group, we want you feeling confident about the future of your new smile, which is why we have clearly outlined the process for getting you ready for Invisalign. From the consultation to the impressions to the official fitting, we’re here to walk you through each step. For questions or to schedule your appointment, call us today.
Schedule a Consultation
During your initial consultation with your cosmetic dentist in Torrance, you will discuss your goals and what you hope to achieve with Invisalign. Apart from sharing your medical history, we will take the time to thoroughly examine your smile to determine if Invisalign is the right course of treatment for you. Depending on the severity of your individual problem (i.e. overcrowding, spaces between teeth, bite alignment), you may or may not be eligible, as some situations require traditional braces for desired results.
After your examination, if we feel you are a qualified candidate for Invisalign, we will get you ready for the next step, which is digital impressions.
In order to ensure your aligners match up perfectly with your smile, it is necessary for us to take digital impressions. These will offer precise, clear images for the dental lab technicians to use when crafting your custom-made aligners.
These images will also allow us to craft your smile’s sequence, which is the step-by-step process your smile will go through during treatment. You’ll be able to see how your smile progresses along the way until the desired results are achieved.
Getting Fitted for Treatment
The final step to get you ready for Invisalign is the actual fitting process. Once your aligners are finished and back in our office, we will have you come in to not only retrieve your set of aligners but to also have your first set properly placed in your mouth. We’ll show you exactly how you need to wear them and explain how long you’ll wear each set before switching to the next in the series.
On average, you can expect to wear your aligners 20-22 hours each day for 1-2 weeks before moving on to the next. During this transitional phase, you might experience some minor discomfort, as your teeth are gently shifting in the right direction; however, an over-the-counter pain reliever should help.
During your fitting, we will make sure everything fits comfortably and there is no rubbing or irritation to the soft tissues of your mouth. Unlike traditional braces that have protruding metal brackets that can rip and rub against your cheeks, gums, and lips, Invisalign is soft and free of anything that could irritate these areas of your mouth.
While treatment can last anywhere from 8-18 months, you’ll need to continue seeing us throughout your treatment to make sure everything is moving along as it should. These quick appointments should take up very little of your time, and before you know it, you’ll be done with Invisalign and on to wearing your retainer, which you’ll need to wear according to our dentist's instructions to prevent your teeth from shifting back into their original position.