Procedure of Treatment
1. First Evaluation
o An Invisalign® Certified dentist / orthodontist evaluates and creates
a program of treatment
o X-Rays, Photographs and impressions of your teeth are taken
2. Invisalign® aligners made and delivered
o A 3-D computerized assisted CT scan (Computed Tomography or CAT scan), is
made from your dental impressions that produces an extremely accurate, 3D digital
model of your teeth
o CAD (Computer Aided Design) software is then used to simulate the movement
of your teeth during treatment
o The treatment plan are reviewed, modified, and approved the before the aligners
o Individualized, custom-created clear aligners are made from these models and
sent to your Invisalign® Certified dentist / orthodontist
3. Wearing of Invisalign
o Invisalign® works by you wearing each set of aligners for about 2 weeks,
removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner
with the next in the series, your teeth will move - little by little, week by
o At regular intervals, a new set of custom-molded clear aligners are received
to continue the straightening process
o Total treatment time averages 6-15 months and the average number of aligners
worn during treatment is between 10 and 30, but varies from case to case.
Care of Teeth with Invisalign®
1. Teeth and Invisalign® would need to be kept cleaned if the teeth and
gums are to be healthy during and after orthodontic treatment
2. Follow your Invisalign® Certified dentist / orthodontist directions on
how often to brush, how often to floss and the use of other cleaning aids to
help maintain your optimal good dental health
Do doctors need special training in order to use Invisalign?
While Invisalign® can be used with virtually any treatment philosophy, specific
training is definitely needed. All orthodontists and dentists interested in
treating patients with Invisalign® must attend training before cases will
be accepted from their office. Close to 30,000 orthodontists and dentists worldwide
are certified to use Invisalign®.
Does Invisalign really work?
Yes. In both clinical research and in orthodontic and dental practices nationwide,
Invisalign® has been proven effective at straightening teeth.
What are aligners made of?
Aligners are made of clear, strong medical grade plastic that is virtually invisible
What do aligners look like?
Aligners are clear and look similar to tooth-whitening trays, but are custom-made
for a better fit to move teeth. Some orthodontists and dentists have referred
to them as "contact lenses for teeth."
How does Invisalign effectively move teeth?
Like brackets and arch wires are to braces, Invisalign® aligners move teeth
through the appropriate placement of controlled force on the teeth. The principal
difference is that Invisalign® not only controls forces, but also controls
the timing of the force application. At each stage, only certain teeth are allowed
to move, and these movements are determined by the orthodontic treatment plan
for that particular stage.