The Invisalign Process

At Ridge Meadows Orthodontics in Maple Ridge, our orthodontist can use Invisalign to straighten teeth, using a custom-made series of clear plastic aligners created just for you. Book a consultation with Dr. Couto to find out if Invisalign is right for you.


Step 1: Talk to Dr. Couto, Your Invisalign Provider

Dr. Couto is a Maple Ridge area Invisalign provider. That means she can evaluate your needs, and determine if and how Invisalign can help you. During the consultation, we will discuss your condition in detail to determine whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign. Invisalign can be used to address a variety of cases, from simple to more complex. This initial consultation with Dr. Couto will also be your opportunity to ask any questions about Invisalign, costs, dental/orthodontic insurance, or any other concerns. See which doctors in your area are Invisalign Providers.


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Step 2: A Customized Treatment Plan is Created for You

The Ridge Meadows Orthodontics team will take x-rays, pictures and impressions of your teeth, which will be used to develop a digital 3-D image of your mouth. From these images, Dr. Couto will map out a plan for your treatment, including the movements of your teeth, and tell you what the approximate duration of treatment will be. Using the same technology, we will be able to demonstrate, using a virtual representation, how your teeth will move with each stage of treatment. Although every case is as unique as the patient, treatment usually takes approximately a year for adults. For teens, the duration of treatment is comparable to that of braces.


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Step 3: Receive Your Custom Aligners Based On Your Personalized Treatment Plan

Once your treatment plan is laid out, the next step is to create a series of custom, clear aligners are then created specifically to fit your teeth. These aligners are made of a smooth, BPA-free plastic that may help to reduce irritation to cheeks and gums compared to traditional metal braces. You will wear your aligners throughout the day, and remove them only when you eat, or to brush and floss your teeth. As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth will gradually begin to shift into place. And since they're made of clear plastic, many people won't even know you're wearing them.


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Step 4: Wear a New Aligner Every Two Weeks

Approximately every two weeks, you'll switch to a new set of aligners, and embark on the next stage of your treatment. In order to monitor your progress, you will also have periodic checkups with your orthodontist, usually about once every six weeks. For the best and most timely outcome, you should wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, throughout the entirety of your treatment. At each stage, you will be able to see how much closer you are to having the straighter smile you've always wanted.


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Step 5: Reveal Your New Smile & Keep It Looking Great

It's an exciting day when you reach the end of treatment – you'll be smiling more than ever! For your final appointment with the Ridge Meadows Orthodontics team, they will determine if you will need retainers to keep your teeth in their new position.

Congratulations on your beautiful new smile!

Book your first orthodontic consultation today at Ridge Meadows Orthodontics.