What to Expect From an Invisalign Treatment
Clear Invisalign aligners are ideal for treating issues like tooth gaps or crooked teeth. Since the aligners are nearly invisible, they’re more discreet than braces. If you’re considering this treatment but you’re not sure it’s right for you, here’s what you can expect during the process.
Before you start treatment, you’ll need a consultation with an orthodontist. During this visit, the provider will examine your teeth to see if this is your best treatment option. You’ll also have an opportunity to ask questions and gather more information about the process.
Creating a Treatment Plan
If you decide to proceed with treatment, your provider will collect records of your teeth, allowing them to put together a treatment plan customized to your unique needs. In addition to dental X-rays, your orthodontist will create a mold of your teeth and collect a record of your bite. Collecting information about your teeth lets your provider make aligners that fit your smile perfectly! You can expect to have aligners within a few weeks.
After your aligners arrive, your provider will give instructions on wearing and caring for your aligners. According to Invisalign.com, patients typically wear aligners between 20 and 22 hours each day. Most people only remove aligners to eat and brush their teeth. Since your teeth will change during treatment, you’ll have new aligners made as your teeth get closer to the correct position.
Tracking Your Progress
It’s normal to see your provider every four to six weeks during Invisalign treatment, but treatment plans can vary from one patient to the next. These appointments are an opportunity for your provider to check on your progress. As mentioned above, you’ll periodically receive new aligners that better fit your changing teeth. It’s common for patients see visible results within a few weeks!
After your teeth are in the correct position, your provider may ask you to take steps to maintain your results. It’s common for patients to wear a removable retainer that keeps teeth in place. Your provider will tell you how long to wear the retainer and will continue to monitor your progress during this critical phase.
Invisalign treatment can improve the appearance of your teeth and address issues that are impacting your dental health. It’s a discreet way to treat problems like an open bite or misaligned teeth. If you’re interested in Invisalign, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation! Contact us today to request an appointment.