The Invisalign Process
The first step of Invisalign is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Alhamdi, your cosmetic dentist in Carmel Valley. He will examine your teeth and gums and take impressions and images of your mouth. This will allow him to develop a strategic treatment timeline. Once all of the information he has collected is sent off to our Invisalign laboratory to craft your trays, you’ll be on your way towards straightening your smile.
As your first set of aligners arrives, we’ll call you in to show you how to wear and take care of them. You’ll need to wear each one for about two weeks for at least 22 hours every day. The only times you’ll be taking them out of your mouth is to eat and brush and floss. To get used to remembering to put them back in, it’s a good idea to set a reminder on your phone whenever you take them out of your mouth.
Every six weeks or so, we’ll ask you to schedule checkups that are essentially just to check the progress of your treatment, answer any questions you have, and give you your next sets of aligners. Sometimes, a tray may need to be worn a little longer than expected, so it may be slightly over six weeks if this is the case for you. The average Invisalign treatment takes between eight and 14 months to complete. Once you’re finished, you’ll be able to enjoy your new and improved smile!