Could Invisalign® treatment be right for me?
Invisalign® treatment can be a great solution for both adults and teens looking for a virtually invisible method to improve their smile. Our innovations and technological advancements make it possible to fix nearly all common teeth-straightening and bite issues, from simple to complex — all without interrupting your busy life. And, thanks to a discreet blue dot on the outside of teen aligners, parents can be sure their child is wearing their clear aligners enough.
What is the treatment process?
Invisalign® treatment starts with a consultation with an Invisalign®-trained doctor. Your Invisalign® Doctor will evaluate your smile and then map out a precise, customised digital treatment plan that showcases the step-by-step transformation of your smile.
Once you approve your plan, your unique aligners will be created. You will wear each set of aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day, changing to a new set of aligners every 1 to 2 weeks, as directed by your Invisalign® Doctor. Each set of aligners will gently and gradually shift your teeth into place, according to your treatment plan, towards your beautiful new smile.
How do I get started with Invisalign® treatment?
Our Smile Concierge Team can help you make an appointment with an Invisalign®-trained Doctor near you. You can also find an Invisalign®-trained Doctor near you using our online locator.
Many Invisalign® Doctors offer free initial consultations. For the best experience, take the time to find the right Invisalign® Doctor for you — someone who makes you feel comfortable and has the experience you’re looking for.
What is the Smile Concierge Team and what can they do for me?
The Smile Concierge Team is a friendly squad, here to help make getting started with Invisalign® treatment even easier. They can help you schedule a consultation and find an Invisalign®-trained Doctor near you.
Can I go to any dentist or orthodontist for Invisalign® treatment?
Many orthodontists and dentists are Invisalign®-trained Doctors, but not all are. Orthodontists and dentists who want to offer Invisalign® treatment must complete specialised training. Our Smile Concierge Team can help you find an Invisalign®-trained Doctor near you or you can use our online locator.
What should I bring to my consultation with my doctor?
Bring your questions (we’ve got a list to get you started here). You should also bring any information you might have about your dental history.
What should I expect during my consultation?
During your consultation, your Invisalign® Doctor will discuss your teeth-straightening goals with you and examine your smile in order to determine your specific needs. Your Invisalign® Doctor may also talk to you about how quickly you could reach your new smile, as well as your individual treatment cost.
Your Invisalign® Doctor will most likely recommend scheduling a dental check-up and cleaning before you begin Invisalign® treatment, to make sure your teeth and gums are in top health and to avoid unnecessary risks.
How long will treatment take?
The length of treatment depends on multiple factors, like how complex your case is and how often you wear your aligners. Your Invisalign® Doctor will determine exactly how long your treatment could take based on your specific needs. On average, Invisalign® treatment time is 12 to 18 months2, though you can start seeing results in a matter of weeks.
How often will I change my Invisalign® aligners?
Your Invisalign® Doctor will tell you how often you should change to new Invisalign® aligners (this can vary based on your individual treatment plan). Many Invisalign® Doctors recommend changing Invisalign® clear aligners weekly or every other week.
How often will I have appointments with my Invisalign® Doctor?
Your Invisalign® Doctor will schedule regular appointments, usually about once every four to six weeks. The goal of these visits is to ensure your Invisalign® treatment is progressing as planned.
My Invisalign® Doctor mentioned “attachments”. What are they and why would I need them for my Invisalign® treatment?
Your Invisalign® treatment may require SmartForce attachments, small tooth-coloured shapes that are attached to your teeth.
These shapes serve as handles, giving the aligners something to gently push on in order to move your teeth with the right amount of force, and are what make complex tooth movements possible without braces. Invisalign® clear aligners fit smoothly and tightly around them, so they’re barely noticeable.
While not everyone who uses Invisalign® clear aligners will need SmartForce attachments, if you need them, your Invisalign® Doctor will attach them to your teeth at the start of or during your treatment and remove them when they are no longer needed.