When you come into Waterloo West Dentistry for a consultation, we will make sure you are a good candidate, and develop a custom treatment plan. The length of your treatment will depend on how misaligned your teeth are, but most cases are corrected in under 18 months. Invisalign® isn't recommended for those with severe crowding or jaw misalignment, but your dentist will be able to confirm if you are able to benefit from Invisalign®. Invisalign® will correct overcrowding, gaps between teeth, and crookedness. It can also fix crossbites, where upper teeth bite inside lower teeth, and overbites, which is the opposite situation, with lower teeth biting over upper teeth.
As part of the planning process, digital scans and impressions of your teeth will be taken. These are used to create your custom aligners, also known as trays, as well as to give a visual of how you will look at the end of treatment. You will be given a series of custom trays to wear, in a set sequence, with each tray to be worn for about two weeks. Each one will gradually move your teeth more into the correct alignment. Attachments may be used to help the process. Aligners need to be worn all the time, unless eating and drinking, for about 22 hours a day.