Invisalign Stages: How the Process Works

5 Feb 2021 by  admin in Invisalign

Invisalign is one of the most popular ways to straighten teeth. With this system, you can enjoy a beautiful, straight smile in less time than you might think. Plus, you won’t have to endure the “metal mouth” look, as the aligners are transparent. And since you’ll remove the aligners before you eat, there are no dietary restrictions. If you’re thinking about getting Invisalign, here’s what you can expect from the process.

Your Invisalign consultation

The first step in the process is to schedule a consultation with an authorized Invisalign provider. Your dentist will examine your mouth and take a scan. Instead of using traditional molds to form an impression of your smile, they will use the Invisalign iTero Element® scanner. The scan is then uploaded into the ClinCheck® software, which develops your custom treatment plan. You’ll be able to see how your smile will look once your treatment is finished.

The process of making your custom aligners

The 3D scan of your teeth and your treatment plan are submitted to Invisalign. Your aligners will be fabricated especially for you out of SmartTrack®. This clear, plastic-based material was developed with patient comfort in mind. After your aligners are made, they will be individually trimmed to create a perfect fit. The last step is a rigorous quality check to ensure they meet Invisalign’s standards.

Receiving your aligners

Once your aligners are ready, you’ll be called back to the dentist’s office to ensure their proper fit. In some cases, they will also secure small attachments to your aligners, which help them stay in place better. During this appointment, your dentist will also discuss the specifics of your treatment plan, such as:

  • How often to wear the aligners
  • How to remove and replace the aligners
  • How to care for the aligners and your teeth
  • How long to wear each set (typically two weeks)

You’ll make a follow-up appointment before you leave. Expect to see your dentist every four to six weeks to check on your progress.

Enjoy your treatment

You’ll be able to see your teeth gradually grow straighter over time. Remember to remove your aligners before eating, as well as before drinking anything other than water. Hot beverages can warp the plastic. Clean your teeth and the aligners before replacing them, and be sure to wear them for 20 to 22 hours per day to stay on track with your treatment plan.

Refining your results

Most patients are finished with their treatment once they’ve worn their final set of aligners. However, in some cases, it may be necessary to make some minor tweaks. These patients will wear refinement trays until their treatment is complete.

Consult the authorized Invisalign providers on Long Island

Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry are pleased to be authorized Invisalign providers. They’ve partnered with Invisalign because it offers an effective and aesthetic option for gently straightening the teeth. Become their next Invisalign success story by scheduling a consultation. Call to request an appointment and find out if Invisalign in Huntington, Long Island is the right treatment option for you.

Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry is currently open for all appointments, including cosmetic dentistry. They are following strict COVID-19 protocols to protect the health and safety of our staff, patients, and community. Thank you for wearing a mask when you visit our office.


Additional resources on Invisalign:

1. Invisalign, How does Invisalign® treatment work?

2. Invisalign, The Invisalign Difference,



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