If you're tired of an overbite and crooked teeth, there are orthodontic solutions which can help. Invisalign is a method of teeth straightening that is growing in popularity. Unlike metal braces which are highly visible, clear aligners such as Invisalign offer a more natural, discreet option. Your teeth will be gradually shifted into place using transparent retainers given to you by your Invisalign provider. Here's what you need to do to get started with clear aligners:

1. Visit your dentist.

Your primary dentist should be your first stop. You can either make a special appointment to discuss your orthodontic options, or you can bring up clear aligners at your next dental checkup. Some dentists provide orthodontic care in-office. If your dentist falls into this category, they can get you started with Invisalign. If your dentist doesn't offer teeth straightening solutions, they can offer you a referral to a specialist.

2. See an orthodontist.

Orthodontists specialize in tooth alignment. They offer braces and clear aligners, among other things. When you visit your new orthodontist for the first time, they'll examine your teeth. They may also take x-rays for a more comprehensive look at the way your teeth and jawbones are aligned. Once they've finished their examination, they'll share their assessment with you, including a proposed treatment plan. This is an excellent time to bring up your interest in Invisalign.

3. Have a mold taken.

If your orthodontist agrees you're a good candidate for clear aligners, they will take a mold of your mouth. This mold will be used to create the sets of clear aligners you will use throughout your treatment. After your dentist finishes taking the necessary mold and any additional pictures for reference, you will go home to await your next appointment.

4. Return to get your first set of clear aligners.

Invisalign treatment is progressive. You'll be given a first set of clear aligners which will nudge your teeth into a slightly different position. The next set of aligners will move your teeth a little more and so on. You may go through 20-30 sets of aligners over the course of your treatment. You'll need to wear your aligners as often as possible for ideal results.

5. Visit your Invisalign provider for checkups.

You'll go back to your orthodontist or dentist for regular checkups. They will ensure your treatment is progressing as it should, and they will make any adjustments necessary. Feel free to bring up any questions or concerns you may have during these appointments.