Transform Your Smile With Our Diamond Invisalign Provider!

Highlighting your stunning new smile is easier than ever — modern orthodontics offers excellent alternatives like Invisalign. These comfortable, removable aligners gradually shift your teeth into place over time. 

Diamond Invisalign provider Dr. Charles Smith at Sterling Heights Dentistry believes it’s important to understand the Invisalign process before beginning the treatment. Explore our guide to the Invisalign process and call (586) 939-5151 today to schedule your Invisalign consultation at our Sterling Heights, MI, dental office.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign consists of clear, custom-fit plastic aligners that incrementally move your teeth into better alignment. Each is worn for about two weeks before progressing to the next in the sequence. Invisalign offers an alternative to traditional braces that’s effective, convenient, comfortable, and nearly invisible.

Invisalign aligners are:

  • Virtually Invisible: Clear, smooth plastic blends seamlessly and looks great in photos.
  • Removable: Aligners are taken out for eating, brushing, and flossing.
  • Comfortable: The smooth plastic won’t irritate your mouth like traditional braces.
  • Custom-fit: Each aligner is precision-molded for your teeth.
  • Effective: Invisalign braces can treat simple to complex cases.

In just six to 18 months, the Invisalign treatment process gently shifts your teeth to transform your smile — without interfering with your lifestyle.

The Invisalign Process at Sterling Heights Dentistry

Interested in unlocking the power of Invisalign? Here’s what you can expect during the Invisalign process with Dr. Smith:

Comprehensive Exam

After a thorough oral exam, Dr. Smith determines if you’re a good candidate for the Invisalign treatment process. If traditional braces would work better for your particular case, he’ll discuss alternative options.

Digital Impressions

An oral scanner or digital impressions create detailed 3D maps of your teeth to design your custom-fit aligners. This is more comfortable and efficient than using traditional impression putty.

Invisalign Treatment Plan Preview

Next, you’ll preview your virtual Invisalign treatment with Dr. Smith. This digital model shows each step of your tooth movements from start to finish. You’ll see your final results in advance, so there are no surprises.

Receive Aligners

In a few weeks, your first set of aligners will arrive. Each set includes as many as two weeks’ worth of ultra-clear plastic Invisalign trays. Try them on with Dr. Smith to ensure proper fit before wearing them at home.

Change Aligners

Replace each aligner with the next in your treatment sequence every two weeks. Make regular appointments to monitor your progress. Typical treatment lasts nine to 15 months.

Get A Retainer

After your last aligner, you’ll receive a custom retainer. Wear this full-time for the first six months, then nights only to maintain your smile. Schedule regular dental checkups at our Sterling Heights dental office to ensure your teeth don’t shift back.

Requirements for Ideal Results

To achieve the best possible outcome, it’s important to integrate the following self-care fundamentals into your Invisalign routine:

  • Proper Aligner Wear: Wear aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, consistently hitting your time goal. Tracking will fall behind if you skip too much wear time.
  • Excellent Oral Hygiene: Brush after each meal and floss daily before inserting aligners again. Keep aligners squeaky clean.
  • Reliable Aligner Changes: Swap to your next aligner every two weeks as directed. Delaying changes extends overall treatment time.
  • Full-Time Retainer Wear: Wear your retainers full-time for at least the first six months after finishing treatment. This protects your investment.

Consistency at home makes all the difference in realizing your best Invisalign results on schedule. Dr. Smith and his team provide all the clinical care, education, and monitoring for success — the rest is up to your commitment to the Invisalign process.

Caring For Invisalign Aligners

To keep your aligners — and teeth — in mint condition, be diligent about cleaning them:

  • Rinse After Eating: After each meal, remove the aligners, rinse thoroughly with water, brush your teeth, and clean your aligners before putting them back in.
  • Brush Weekly: Use your regular toothbrush and toothpaste to gently scrub away debris weekly. Rinse very thoroughly afterward.
  • Soak as Needed: For more intense cleaning, soak aligners in Retainer Brite or diluted white vinegar/baking soda a few times per month.
  • Travel With Care: Use a hard storage case when you take your aligners out.
  • Protect from heat: Don’t boil aligners to clean and keep them away from hot water. These can warp the sensitive plastic.

With conscientious at-home aligner care and committed wear, you’ll get the most out of your Invisalign investment. Ask Dr. Smith if you have any other questions!

Frequently Asked Questions

Begin The Invisalign Process Today!

At Sterling Heights Dentistry, Dr. Charles Smith emphasizes personalized care centered around your unique needs. With an artistic eye, positive chairside manner, advanced training, and years of experience transforming smiles, he knows how to help you look and feel your absolute best.

Schedule an Invisalign consultation to discuss how this innovative treatment might be right for you. Call (586) 939-5151 or request an appointment online today to get started! The first step toward the smile of your dreams awaits at Sterling Heights Dentistry.