Invisalign® is one of several alternatives to braces and treatment is easier and more efficient than ever before! During your free consultation, Dr. Montano will take x-rays and photos of your mouth and analyze whether your teeth and bite can be successfully straightened with Invisalign®. Because of his extensive experience with Invisalign® (he is among the Top 1% Providers of North America), more than 80% of his patients qualify for Invisalign® treatment. If you choose treatment with Invisalign®, you won’t be disappointed in the results.
Once it is determined you are an Invisalign® candidate, the next step is to obtain a 3-D image of your teeth using our state-of-the-art iTero® scanner. This can often be accomplished the same day as your consultation. With our scanner, you can say goodbye to goopy, uncomfortable molds! Instead of taking a mold, the iTero® scanner has a “magic wand” that is placed over the surfaces of your teeth to take 3-D pictures. A composite digital image (STL file) of your teeth and bite is created. Using advanced computer software, Dr. Montano then creates a treatment plan that carefully and efficiently moves your teeth into the desired positions. With the iTero® scanner, your Invisalign® trays will fit more accurately than ever before, allowing for more efficient and higher quality treatment. Your aligners will also arrive more than 50% faster compared to the “old” method using molds.
Approximately 4 weeks after your appointment, you will return to receive your first aligners! Dr. Montano will go over many instructions at this appointment and get you started on your journey toward a gorgeous, healthy smile. Small, tooth-colored shapes (called “attachments” or “bumps”) will be attached to some of your teeth to help the aligners grab and position the teeth.
Aligners should be worn 22 hours/day and can be taken out for meals as well as brushing and flossing. Return appointments are scheduled approximately every 3 months during treatment, at which Dr. Montano monitors your progress and make adjustments as necessary. The average Invisalign treatment takes approximately 9-18 months, although each case can greatly vary based on complexity. Our patients often comment how easy the entire process is.