The Invisalign® Processin Wasilla, AK

Dr. Dawson Walks You Through the Invisalign Process

Invisalign® has become increasingly popular among individuals seeking a more discreet and comfortable way to straighten their teeth. It’s an excellent alternative to metal braces and treatment is often quicker.

Our Wasilla dentist wants you to understand how the Invisalign process works and how it will help you achieve the straight smile you deserve.

woman smiling while holding her Invisalign tray

Your Initial Consultation

The first step in the Invisalign process is a consultation with Dr. Dawson. During this appointment, he’ll examine your teeth, bite, and jaws to determine whether Invisalign is a suitable treatment option for your specific case and oral health goals.

He’ll take digital impressions of your teeth using a 3D scanner to create a virtual model of your mouth. This technology eliminates the need for messy, bad-tasting, uncomfortable dental impressions. The 3D model of your mouth will help Dr. Dawson create a customized treatment plan that addresses your unique dental needs. In some cases, Invisalign attachments may be recommended.

Creating and Molding the Custom Trays

Once we’ve determined that Invisalign is right for you, your custom treatment plan is created. This plan will include a series of clear plastic trays that gradually shift your teeth into the desired position.

To create the trays, the 3D model of your mouth will be used to ensure the trays are crafted specifically for you. The trays are made of a comfortable, BPA-free plastic material that’s easy to clean and maintain. After the trays have been designed, they’ll send the specifications to the Invisalign lab. The lab will then manufacture the trays and send them back to Dr. Dawson’s office for you to come and pick up.

First Fitting

After your mold is made, your first fitting appointment will be scheduled. During this appointment, our Wasilla dentist will give you your first set of trays and show you how to properly wear and care for them. If the fitting is off, adjustments will be made.

woman getting her teeth checked at the dentist

Wearing Your Invisalign Trays

Wearing your Invisalign trays is easy, but you’ll need to follow the instructions provided by Dr. Dawson to ensure that your treatment is as effective as possible. You should wear your trays for 20 to 22 hours each day, only removing them to eat, drink, brush, and floss. Clean your trays daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and mild soap or a recommended cleaning solution.

Every two weeks, you’ll switch to a new set of trays, which will continue to gradually shift your teeth into their desired position. Dr. Dawson will monitor your progress throughout your treatment to ensure that everything is going smoothly.

Follow-Up Appointments

Throughout your Invisalign treatment, you’ll have follow-up appointments. These appointments are necessary to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. During your follow-up appointments, our dentist will check the progress of your teeth and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan. They’ll also give you the next set of trays in your treatment plan.

After Treatment Retainers

After 12 to 18 months, your treatment will be complete. Once your teeth have reached their final aligned position, you’ll receive customized retainers to wear in order to keep your teeth stable. You’ll need to wear retainers full-time for the first few months, then nightly after that.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Invisalign painful?
Can anyone get Invisalign treatment?
Can Invisalign fix severe overcrowding or misalignment?
Is Invisalign painful?

Most patients experience some degree of discomfort when they first start wearing Invisalign trays. This discomfort is typically mild and goes away within a few days. As you switch to new trays, you may experience some pressure or soreness, but this is normal and is a sign that the treatment is working.

Can anyone get Invisalign treatment?

Invisalign is a great option for many patients, but it may not be suitable for everyone. Your dentist will evaluate your oral health during your initial consultation and determine if Invisalign is the best option for your specific case.

Can Invisalign fix severe overcrowding or misalignment?

Invisalign has made significant advancements and can treat a wide range of orthodontic issues, including moderate overcrowding and misalignment. However, severe cases may still require traditional braces or other orthodontic treatments.

Unlock Your Perfect Smile

Don’t let the fear of traditional metal braces hold you back from achieving the smile of your dreams. With Invisalign, you can straighten your teeth discreetly and comfortably. If you’re ready to take the first step towards a confident, healthy smile, call us today at (907) 373-2440 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Dawson.

Our team is dedicated to helping you achieve your dental goals and we can’t wait to help you transform your smile with Invisalign in Wasilla, AK.

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