Invisalign – Longview, TX
Invisalign – How the Process Starts
Invisalign clear aligners are unique in that they provide a discreet and convenient way of straightening teeth. For the process to be successful, though, requires that some careful initial steps be taken. Your dentist in Longview will do the following:
- Perform an Oral Evaluation – We’ll start by assessing the condition of your teeth and gums. If you have any developing issues, we’ll address them first and then move on to correcting your bite with Invisalign aligners.
- Perform a Bite Assessment – Invisalign corrects gaps, misalignment, minor crowding and crookedness. However, before the treatment process starts, we’ll make sure the clear aligners are right for you.
- Capture Digital X-rays – Instead of relying on conventional X-rays that emit more radiation, we’ll capture high-resolution digital images that are available instantly, while exposing you to 90% less radiation than the traditional method.
- Develop a Smile Plan – Using our advanced technology, we’ll then develop a custom smile plan to accommodate your needs and desires.
- Prepare for Fabrication – Finally, we’ll send detailed instructions to an in-network lab that will fabricate a complete set of aligners.
How the Treatment Process Works
You’ll wear each set of aligners for two weeks and then exchange them for the next pair in the series, following this path until your treatment process is completed. Gradually, your teeth will be adjusted until they are straightened.
Instead of visiting monthly for adjustments, which is standard practice when wearing traditional braces, you’ll save time by only checking in to our office every six-to-eight weeks so we can monitor your progress. Whereas bite correction with traditional braces normally takes 24 months or longer to complete, you can have a revamped smile in as little as 12 months with the Invisalign method.
Maintaining Your New Smile
After you’ve worn your last aligner, either Dr. Vaca or Dr. Kirby will design a retainer that will maintain the position of your teeth while new bone mass grows around the tooth roots. By following the instructions we provide, you won’t have to worry about your teeth shifting in the future.
The typical schedule we’ll recommend is for you to wear the retainer all day for six months to a year. After you’ve made sufficient progress, you can scale back to wearing the appliance nightly for up to a year. The next progression in the process is for you to wear the retainer only a few nights a week, until your new smile is permanently imprinted.
Want to Know More
If you’re curious to know more about how Invisalign in Longview works, then reach out to us at Vaca & Kirby to schedule an initial consultation. We’ll take the time to further explain the process and answer any of your remaining questions. We’re here to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted!