The process for creating Invisalign is a bit different than the process for creating traditional braces. Because Invisalign is composed of a series of aligners, detailed computer models need to be taken and simulations need to be carried out to predict how a patient will react to treatment. In the following article we will discuss the process for creating Invisalign aligners, so the patient can get a better idea of the kind of technology that goes into this treatment option.
The process explained:
The first step to creating Invisalign begins with the orthodontist completing an initial consultation with the patient. During this consultation the orthodontist can explain the details of Invisalign and what is involved in the treatment process. Understanding the treatment process is also one of the first steps to the process of receiving Invisalign.
The second stage of manufacturing involves taking x-rays and photographs of the patient’s teeth so that computer models can be generated for simulations. Using these x-rays and photographs align technology will create a detailed three-dimensional model of the patient’s mouth. With this complex 3-D model technicians will manipulate the teeth and simulate Invisalign treatment using sophisticated software so that they can eventually pinpoint all of the steps in individuals Invisalign treatment process. During this simulation and manipulation stage patients can submit their own input for how they would like their teeth to look after their treatment has been completed. All of the details can be seen on screen and patients can get an idea of just how their perfect smile will look after treatment has concluded.
After treatment options have been decided, manufacturing takes place. Align technology works to produce the Invisalign aligners and these are then sent out to orthodontic offices. Patients will receive several sets of aligners at a time so that they can continue treatments on their own between orthodontic visits. Aligners will need to be exchanged at least once every two weeks during treatment so patient will go through a wide array of aligners before their treatment has concluded.
As treatment progresses the patient will need to visit the orthodontist regularly to make sure that treatment is progressing normally. If any adjustments need to be made, orthodontists can send the details off to align technology so that the next round of aligners can counteract any issues. This is rare however as computer models are usually quite accurate.
If you would like any more information about the process of receiving Invisalign, or you would like to start the process yourself do not hesitate to book a free consultation with King Orthodontics in Centerville and Fairborn Ohio.
King Orthodontics 6460 Far Hills Ave Centerville, OH
Phone: (937) 433-0830
Samuel B. King, D.D.S., M.S. – King Orthodontics – Specialist in Orthodontics for kids, teens and adults in Centerville and Fairborn.