The length of treatment depends on the severity of your case. However, the average case takes about 11-12 months. But, with the techniques Dr. Wollock uses to make Invisalign work better it also makes that same 11-month average case go quicker, usually taking just 1/2 as long (down to only 6 months). Here’s a look at the process:
Dr. Michael I. Wollock will meet with you and review how Invisalign can solve your concerns. If you choose to proceed, we can start right away with a scan, saving you a visit.
Instead of nasty impressions that make people gag, we will scan your mouth. This is easier for you and more accurate. We will also take x-rays and photos. All of this comes at no extra charge.
Three Weeks Later
You will meet with Dr. Wollock again to see a computerized animation of your projected Invisalign treatment. At this stage, you’ll learn how many Invisalign trays you will need, which will also tell you how long your treatment will be.
Once you approve the computer animation, your trays will be ready in three weeks. From that point on, you will wear your trays 24 out of 24 hours a day. Yes, all day; eating, sleeping, day, night, all the time except to clean. Please note that if you do not wear them this often, your Invisalign treatment will be far less effective. Simply put, the more you wear it, the better it will work. Throughout your treatment, you will meet with Dr. Wollock when necessary to guide you to success. For your convenience this can be a minimal number of visits. However, you are always welcome to see us more if you desire.
After the Trays
At the end of your treatment, when you and Dr. Wollock are happy, you will be provided with a FREE set of upper and lower retainers. You will wear the retainers in the beginning for 22 out of 24 hours a day, for 3 months until your teeth’s position firms up. Then you will wear the retainers every night for as long as you want your teeth to remain straight. And you will replace retainers a minimum of every two years to prevent them from stretching and your teeth shifting. Retainers will also help prevent damage from grinding and/or clenching, which most adults do yet most are unaware. In addition, they make great whitening trays.