At Greater Vancouver Orthodontics, we can use Invisalign treatment to help straighten teeth using a custom-made series of clear orthodontic aligners.
Our team will carefully evaluate your needs during your initial consultation, to determine if you're a good candidate for Invisalign. This initial consultation will also be an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about Invisalign, the costs involved, dental/orthodontic insurance, or anything else you're wondering about.
The Greater Vancouver Orthodontics team will take X-rays, pictures and impressions of your teeth. These will be used to create a digital 3-D image of your mouth. Based on these images, your orthodontist will develop a detailed treatment plan, including the exact movements of your teeth, and the approximate duration of treatment. We will also show you a virtual representation of how your teeth will move during each stage. Treatment usually takes about a year for adults. For teens the length of treatments is comparable to that of braces.
A series of custom-made, clear aligners will be created specifically for you. These aligners are made of a smooth, BPA-free plastic. You can wear your aligners throughout the day, and remove them to eat, or to brush and floss your teeth. As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth will gradually begin to shift into the correct position.
Every two weeks or so, you'll begin the next stage of your treatment with a new set of aligners. You will also have occasional checkups with your orthodontist to monitor your treatment, approximately every six weeks. For best results and a timely outcome, you should wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, throughout your entire treatment. At each stage, you will see how much closer you are to achieving your straighter, more symmetrical smile.
The day you reach the end of treatment is an exciting one – and you may find yourself smiling from ear to ear! At your final appointment with the Greater Vancouver Orthodontics team during your Invisalign treatment process, they will determine if you will need retainers to keep your teeth in their correct positions.