When Do You Get the First Invisalign Aligner After Impressions Are Taken?

Approximately how long does it take from the time impressions are taken until you receive your first aligner?

Doctor Answers 7

You get the Invisalign aligner within a few weeks of impression

Impressions are shipped via UPS with 2-3 day shipping to California where the impressions are processed. Photos and radiographs emailed to Align Technology may take a few days to be matched to the delivered impressions.

Your models are then turned into a simulation in Costa Rica. It takes a few days to construct the ClinCheck and for your orthodontist to receive their first simulation of your teeth. Depending on the movements shown, your orthodontist may require making revisions to idealize your treatment. Since simulations are made by techs rather than orthodontists, it is important that your provider spend adequate time designing your treatment and revising it as necessary. It may take a day or two for a new simulation after each revision. Techs also work on Saturdays while your orthodontist may not be looking to plan your treatment on weekends. Premier and Elite providers have their own dedicated technician who may be more familiar with specific treatment goals.

Your orthodontist may ask you to come in to view the treatment outcome prior to fabrication of the trays. Upon acceptance of your case, aligners may take a few days to make depending on the volume at the factory. Other practices may choose to provide the simulation to you after fabrication.

Aligners are then shipped via 2-3 day UPS back to your orthodontist's office.

The total time required depends on the above factors. Assuming no revisions or prefabrication consultation, the aligners could theoretically be ready in about 2.5-3 weeks. We tend to schedule our patients 6 weeks after the initial impression. If aligners arrive earlier, we contact our patients if they would like to begin treatment ahead of their originally scheduled appointment as most are eager to begin treatment!

Toronto Orthodontist

Two weeks after impressions

You usually get aligners within a couple weeks. I have my own personal technician in Costa Rica that moves my cases thru faster than most practices.

Michael J. Thomas, DDS
Los Angeles Dentist
3.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

Invisalign aligners come between 3 to 5 weeks

After taking impression, It takes about 2 weeks to get the digital results to the dental office. With clincheck , you can see the results of the treatment . also you can check how the treatment moves forward gradually and if the patinet doesn't agree with one or more parts of treatment, we can change them on the image. After approval it takes 3 to 4 weeks to get the aligners.

Bruce Vafa, DDS
Beverly Hills Dentist
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

It takes several weeks for Invisalign to arrive

After all of your initial records are taken, it takes several weeks for the the aligners to be fabricated and then returned to your dentist.

At some point, your dentist will be evaluating the initial computer-aided design, which includes your proposed treatment plan and teeth movements. Once an agreed upon plan is established, the aligners are fabricated and sent to your dentist.

Invisalign aligners come in 3-5 weeks

In our orthodontic office, 1 week after we submit the impression and digital images are taken (photos and x-rays), we have a mini consultation to review the treatment proposed so you can see what to expect and visualize the treatment plan and movement of teeth.

We answer all question you might have and send the final acceptance (called ClinCheck). From there on, it takes anytime from 3-5 weeks for the Invisalign trays to get back.

Good luck and have fun with Invisalign!! I am confident you will like it!!

Bobby Virk, DMD, MSD
Bellevue Orthodontist

Usually takes approximately 2 weeks to receive your aligners

It takes approximately 2 weeks to receive your aligners but this will depend on how complex your case is. During this time, the treatment plan for your case is being determined.

A few weeks

The amount of time to get your aligners depends on different factors.  Your impressions are shipped to California where they will be processed.  Next, they are sent to Costa Rica where the simulations of your teeth will be made.  Your orthodontist may need to make some revisions, which will then require an additional day or two for a new simulation.  Once this process is completed, the aligners are shipped back to your orthodontist's office.  Overall, the aligners should take 2-3 weeks.


Lawrence Singer, DMD
Washington Dentist
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

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