What is Invisalign?

Invisalign was created in 1997 and since then has been revolutionizing the ways in which dentists and orthodontists have traditionally corrected teeth and bites. It has been a very popular, if not the most popular, alternative to metal braces and is the frontrunner of clear aligners. The process involves a series of clear trays that a patient progresses through every couple of weeks, each tray designed to progressively correct misalignments and imperfections. The amount of trays and the duration of treatment varies between patient to patient.

Invisalign straightens your teeth with a series of virtually invisible custom-fabricated trays.  Unlike their alternatives in metal braces, Invisalign can be removed and replaced easily, allowing for more comfort during eating, brushing teeth, and flossing.  It is painless, convenient, and available today at Mason Dental Center in San Antonio, TX.

The Invisalign Process: Step by Step

Here at the typical steps to prepare for Invisalign:

An appointment with your dentist is imperative to first decide if Invisalign is right for you.  They will cover cost, standard procedure, and any other detail relevant to your decision.

Molding Process
To create your custom trays, molds are needed from impressions of your teeth.  Once the mold is created, it is sent to an Invisalign laboratory where a tray will be fabricated.  

Arrival and Instructions
After your trays have been created and are received (usually about a week or two) you will need to go in for a detailed instruction visit with your dental facility.  The dentist will explain the correct ways to use, remove, and maintain your aligners.

Maintaining Invisalign
Maintaining a proper treatment plan is the most important step of the process.  Your tray should be worn for at least 22 hours a day, and the closer you follow your instructions, the more effective your treatment will be.  You run the risk of slower progression or adverse results by accidentally or purposefully neglecting proper use.