The 7 steps of Invisalign™



Here on Teesside, Invisalign™ has well and truly arrived.

More adults and teenagers are asking about Invisalign™ as an alternative to wearing “train track” braces… here are 4 fabulous features that Invisalign™ can offer.

So what happens in a typical Invisalign™ journey? Here are the stages, from start to finished smile!

  1. Welcome to Cleveland Orthodontics

Your first visit is the most important. You get to meet our team, we get to hear how we may be able to help you with your teeth.

All new patients to Cleveland Orthodontics are seen by a specialist orthodontist who has undergone an intensive 3 year accredited training programme.

It is a good idea to ask any dental professional how experienced they are in orthodontics, how many cases they have treated and how they measure their outcomes of their treatments.

Not everyone’s teeth can be corrected using Invisalign™. It all depends on how crooked or how far out the teeth are… read more about how sometimes fixed braces may be a better way forward.

But for many adults, it is a good option… and so we can then move onto the next stage within a few days.

  1. Planning your treatment

The second visit will involve taking impressions of your teeth and photographs, as well as x-rays. This is so that we can get as much information about your teeth as possible so that we can plan your treatment to a high standard.

This visit usually takes about 30 minutes and you will meet our treatment coordinators and orthodontic therapists.

  1. Clincheck™ visit

The next visit is the exciting one! We will be able to show you a short 5 second film of how your teeth are going to move… we will show it to you on our computer screens.

This will let us know how your teeth will look after Invisalign™ treatment and how many aligners you will need.

As each aligner is worn every two weeks, we can “do the math” and work out how long your treatment will take. So 15 aligners means a 7 month treatment.

We will also go through a consent form so that we can be sure that we have explained what you should expect from treatment.

If you are happy with the planned treatment, we click “Accept” on the computer screen and that’s it all started… your aligners will be starting to be made over in the USA within hours.

  1. The big day… your first aligner fit

The aligners all come at once in a box… each carefully labelled in plastic bag so that we know which aligners to fit and when to fit them.

The first aligners always feel a little strange… but our patients tend to get used to them quite quickly. We will show you how to take them in and out and how to keep them safe.

We will also go through cleaning instructions and answer any questions that you may have.

After a review appointment two weeks later, we will then give you several aligners at each visit with instructions on which date to “change up” to the next one. We usually see patients around every 2-3 months once they are confident with handling their aligners.

  1. Placing attachments

Attachments are small white “blobs” that we may need to glue to your teeth at various stages of the treatment. Don’t worry, no one will be able to see them!

They allow us to move the teeth more effectively by acting as tiny “handles” for the aligners to grip onto.

We may also do some small adjustments between your teeth (called “stripping”) to give a little bit of space for the teeth to line up.

  1. The finishing line

When you have worn your last aligner, your treatment should have been completed.

Your orthodontist will ensure that you are happy with the result and that all of our agreed treatment goals have been reached.

  1. Retainers

We will arrange an appointment for your impressions and photographs of your teeth to be taken. Your retainers will be ready a few days later. You can read more about why retainers are so important.

Our team will explain how to use and care for the retainers and we will arrange for a follow-up visit a few months later to check that everything is staying straight!

And after that?

Lifelong wear of retainers is required if teeth are to be kept straight indefinately . We can arrange to see you every year for an orthodontic check-up to ensure that everything is still straight and to ensure that your retainers are still in good condition.

Many patients request some tooth lightening after their Invisalign™ treatment. Either the patient’s own general dentist can provide this, or alternatively our team would be happy to do so.

Arranging your first visit

If you would like Invisalign treatment for yourself, you can arrange your first FREE consultation with our team in the next few days in one of these ways:

  • in working hours please telephone us on 01642 243 080 or try out our web chat service ( you’ll see the chat box at the bottom of this screen)
  • OR complete the FREE CONSULTATION form at the top right hand corner of our webpages
  • OR email us on

About Cleveland Orthodontics

Our specialist-led practice has been established since 1996 and provides brace treatment to people of all ages from across the North East, including Middlesbrough, Yarm, Stockton-on-Tees, Billingham and Redcar.

We offer NHS orthodontic treatment for children and a range of modern white and “invisible” braces for adults of all ages such as Invisalign. FREE consultations are available… you can either telephone for an appointment on 01642 243 020 or book through our website.