Most of us have heard of these clear aligners that fit over your teeth and correct crooked teeth. Many people prefer Invisalign to traditional braces for a number of reasons, including:

  • They’re not noticeable
  • They cost about the same as traditional braces
  • They’re removable

The procedure for Invisalign differs from traditional braces as well, so let’s see what is involved if you are interested in receiving Invisalign braces.

Step 1: Speaking With Your Dentist

You will first need to talk to your dentist about Invisalign. You need to make sure that your dentist offers Invisalign treatment. If they do, they will examine your teeth and can tell you if you are a good candidate for this treatment.

Step 2: Creating a Treatment Plan

The dentist will begin by creating images of your teeth and mouth. They will be able to create a plan based on your needs and how each tooth should be aligned.

Step 3: Making the Aligners

Once your dentist has created your treatment plan, they will send the digital images to Invisalign so they can create the aligners.

With Invisalign braces, you will be switching out aligners a couple of times a month as your teeth move into place, so there will be multiple aligners created for each phase of the treatment.

Step 4: Treatment

When the aligners have been received by your dentist, you will start wearing them for about 22 hours each day. You can remove them to eat and when you need to brush and floss. As we mentioned above, as they move your teeth into place, you will switch the old aligners out for new ones that will continue the progress.

Invisalign treatment takes different amounts time depending on your case, but the average adult will use them for about a year.

Invisalign offers individuals the ability to have straighter teeth without the crowding in your mouth caused by braces. If you feel that Invisalign may benefit you, speak with your dentist about your options.

Traditional Braces


orthodontics - bracesIf you have teeth that are crooked or do not fit together properly there are a number of issues that can arise. Oral hygiene is more difficult on teeth that are not properly aligned, and because some of the teeth may not be getting properly cleaned every day, tooth decay can begin. Misaligned teeth can also cause more stress on your chewing muscles which may lead to headaches as well as neck, back, and shoulder pain.

It is important to make regular trips to the dentist, they are the ones who can tell you if you are in need of orthodontic treatment. There are many forms of orthodontics, but we are going to focus on the most common treatment for fixing teeth and jaw alignment, braces.

Your dentist will not be the one who puts on the braces, for braces you will be seeing an orthodontist.

Step 1: Examination

The orthodontist will first make sure you are a good candidate for braces. They will examine your teeth, check your dental history and view x-rays to make sure braces are appropriate. In some cases, the orthodontist may suggest a different treatment that better fits your individual needs.

Step 2: Preparing your Teeth

Once the orthodontist has determined you are eligible for braces they begin to prepare your teeth. A device called a cheek retractor is used so the orthodontist can see all your teeth and make sure they remain dry.

Next, your teeth will be polished and dried. Then a conditioner is applied to the surface of your teeth so the brackets can properly bond. The conditioner is left on for less than a minute, after which the orthodontist will remove it and dry your teeth once again. Finally, an adhesive is put on the teeth for bonding purposes.

Step 3: Applying the Braces

After your teeth have been prepared, the orthodontist will put a strong adhesive on the back of the brackets. The brackets are placed on the teeth and a special light is used to harden the adhesive and keep the brackets on your teeth. The brackets are then connected with archwires.

The whole process will take between one and two hours.

Step 4: Follow Ups

Follow-up appointments are necessary with your orthodontist, usually every 1-2 months, depending on your case. These appointments will be used to adjust your braces by receiving new wires and bands to continue moving the teeth into the correct position.

The amount of time needed with braces will be determined by your orthodontist. While your braces are in, oral hygiene may be a little trickier to maintain than before. That’s why it is important to talk to your orthodontist about proper oral hygiene habits and how to effectively clean your teeth while you have braces.

Six Month Smiles


Six Month Smiles is an orthodontic treatment that uses clear brackets and tooth-colored wires to help move a patient’s teeth into their proper position. While traditional braces may take years to achieve proper placement, Six Month Smiles, on average, takes only six months of treatment.

If you are interested in Six Month Smiles or your dentist offers this treatment, here is what the average procedure looks like.

six month smiles procedure

Step 1: Impressions of Teeth
To begin, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth. These impressions will be sent to a lab where the brackets will be created to accurately fit your teeth and move them into the proper position.

Step 2: Placing the Brackets
When your dentist receives the brackets, you will go back to be fitted. The brackets are placed on your teeth using a tray that puts the brackets exactly where they need to be. The brackets contain an adhesive that will bond them to your teeth. You will also receive arch wires that are similar in color to your teeth.

Step 3: Follow-Up Appointments
You will then schedule regular dental visits, about every 5-6 weeks, so your dentist can adjust the wires and ensure your teeth are moving into the proper position.

Your treatment will vary based on your specific needs, but, as you can probably determine by the name, the average length of treatment lasts about 6 months. Be sure to discuss proper dental hygiene with your dentist to keep your mouth healthy and the brackets in good shape during this treatment.

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