Your journey to captivating teeth is about to take an exciting turn. A clear, radiant smile awaits you at the end of your treatment. However, you may find yourself contemplating the transformation process and afraid of the Invisalign before and after uncertainty. 

So, what can you anticipate? This article aims to alleviate your concerns by providing a comprehensive guide to your Invisalign treatment.

Get ready to become well-equipped through our insights that’ll make your teeth-straightening experience a smooth one. Say hello to a confident new you!

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign works by using a series of personalized aligners to slowly shift your teeth into their correct position. They’re made from a gentle, plastic material that makes them much more comfortable to wear than braces.

The process begins with a consultation with an Invisalign-trained orthodontist who will evaluate your teeth and create an individualized treatment plan. Using advanced 3D imaging technology, your dentist will pinpoint the exact shifts your teeth will go through during each step of the treatment.

The Benefits of Invisalign Treatment

There are several benefits to choosing Invisalign as your orthodontic treatment. Here are a few of them:

Discreet Appearance

Invisalign clear aligners are pretty much invisible, which makes them an attractive option for most teens and adults. They’re a top choice for those who don’t want to wear traditional braces.


Invisalign trays are removable, which means you can quickly pop them out whenever you’re eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth. This gets rid of dietary restrictions and the difficulties that come with oral hygiene that are commonly associated with braces.


Invisalign aligners are known for their comfort. The smooth, plastic material eliminates the discomfort often experienced with braces, such as poking wires and brackets. This makes Invisalign a great option for those with sensitive gums or a low pain tolerance.

Invisalign Before and After: What to Expect

Now, let’s dive into what you can expect before and after Invisalign treatment. Before starting your Invisalign journey, your dentist will take detailed impressions and images of your teeth to create a digital 3D model. This will allow you to see a digital representation of how your teeth will move and what your Invisalign result will look like.

Once your treatment plan is finalized, you’ll receive your first set of aligners. It’s important to wear these aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day to ensure optimal results. You’ll typically switch to a new set of aligners every 1 to 2 weeks, gradually moving your teeth closer to their final position.

Throughout your treatment, your orthodontist will carefully review your progression and make tweaks when necessary. Routine check-ups every 6 to 8 weeks will allow them to ensure that your teeth are moving according to plan and make modifications, if needed.

The Invisalign Process Timeline

The length of your Invisalign treatment will depend on the complexity of your situation. On average, most Invisalign treatments take around 12 to 18 months to complete. However, some cases may be shorter or longer, depending on individual factors.

During the initial stages of your treatment, you may experience some discomfort as your teeth adjust to the aligners. This is completely normal and should subside within a few days. Over time, you’ll become accustomed to wearing the aligners, and discomfort will be minimal.

As you progress through your treatment, you will start to notice gradual changes in the alignment of your teeth. It’s important to follow your dentist’s instructions and wear your aligners as directed to ensure the best possible outcome. Remember, consistency is key when it comes to achieving your intended results.

Digital Molding in Invisalign Treatment

One of the key advantages of Invisalign is the use of digital molding. This innovative technology allows your dentist to create a detailed 3D model of your teeth without the need for messy, uncomfortable traditional impressions.

Digital molding involves using a handheld scanner to capture high-resolution images of your teeth. These images are then used to create a virtual representation of your mouth, which can be manipulated to simulate the movement of your teeth throughout the treatment process.

The use of digital molding not only improves the accuracy and precision of your treatment but also enhances the overall patient experience. Again, it bypasses the uncomfortable impressions and allows your dentist to show you a visual representation of your treatment plan before you even begin.

Invisalign Trays: How to Care For Them

The proper care and maintenance of your Invisalign trays are vital to ensure effective treatment and maintain adequate oral health. Here are some tips to keep your aligners clean and in good condition:

Avoid Eating or Drinking While Wearing Your Aligners

Invisalign aligners should be removed before eating or drinking anything other than water. This will prevent staining and reduce the risk of damaging the trays.

Rinse Your Aligners Before Wearing Them

Before putting your aligners back in your mouth, rinse them with lukewarm water. Doing so will remove any debris or cleaning solution that might’ve adhered to the trays.

Clean Your Aligners Daily

It’s important to clean your aligners every day to prevent the buildup of bacteria and plaque. Use a soft toothbrush and Invisalign cleaning crystals to gently brush the trays. Alternatively, you can use mouthwash or toothpaste. Making sure you brush after eating or drinking will also ensure your aligners stay fresh throughout the day.

Store Your Aligners Properly

Invisalign trays are easy to overlook, so make sure they’re not in a place where you might accidentally break them or throw them away. When you’re not wearing your aligners, store them in their case to protect them. Although tempting, avoid placing in a tissue that could easily be tossed.

After Treatment

After you’ve completed your series of clear aligner trays and the team at WGM Ortho deems your smile an Invisalign success, you’ll recieve a retainer to maintain your beautiful new smile. Typically, this is another clear aligner that can just be worn at night. Simply incorporate into your night time routine.

Now you’ve joined the thousands of people who’ve seen excellent results with Invisalign – from correcting bite and jaw alignement issues to straightening those pearly whites. Get ready to smile big and have your confidence radiate!

Get Amazing Invisalign Results

We hope this article puts your mind at ease about what to expect from Invisalign before and after treatment. Getting a new smile shouldn’t be scary, and we’ll make sure that you have a seamless experience.

 At White, Greer & Maggard Orthodontics, we’re committed to providing the best service possible to all of our patients. For almost 30 years, our dental professionals have served the Central Kentucky area, and we’ll continue to invest in our community.

If you have questions, or you’d like to schedule an appointment, visit our contact page to find a location nearest you!