Visiting Our Invisalign® Dentist Office Can Straighten Your Teeth

Invisalign® Dentist
Seeing the Invisalign® dentist for the first time is the first step you will take down a road to straighter, and more beautiful teeth. It is important that during this first conversation, we set the correct expectations about what you will go through, the steps and the process, and how long all of it will take to give you the straighter teeth you desire. Having this conversation allows us to set the right timelines and expectations, and allows you to understand what you are committing to. Most Invisalign® treatments take around 12 months to complete. On some rare occasions, the treatment has been completed in as little as six months while there are even rarer examples of the treatment taking two or even three years to complete. These are rarities based on how much movement is needed to straighten the teeth.

The Invisalign® system works on a series of aligner trays, custom ordered by our Invisalign® dentist office, that move your teeth using a “pushing” action. The movement is controlled and gradual, moving the teeth .25 millimeters every two weeks, so as to prevent the teeth returning to their original position or having unforeseeable complications. In order to make sure that you get the most out of your Invisalign, you will need to wear your aligners at least 20 to 22 hours per day, and change them out regularly every two weeks when your new set arrives. As long as you realize that this is not a quick fix, but a much faster way to straight teeth than some of the other methods, you will be easily able to get through the treatment time.

One thing that we will discuss with you during that first meeting is what you can expect during, and even after the treatment is over. After the process is complete, there are two things that you need to expect. The first is that you will be prescribed a retainer that you will need to wear at night. These retainers are so that your teeth do not start to slip from their newly aligned position and into their old slots. It is of paramount importance that you follow the nightly routine and wear your retainer. Otherwise, you could find yourself in a position where you need to see visit our Invisalign® dentist office to redo the entire treatment.

The other thing we will discuss is refinements. As the name suggest, refinements are a new set of aligners that will put on the finishing touches or make any last adjustments that you might want or need. When we decide that you need refinements, we will retake your measurements based on the new position of your teeth and order you an entirely new set of aligners. These refiners are not necessarily time-bound, which means as long as your teeth remain in their aligned position you can get the refinements done at pretty much anytime. However, refinements are not designed to fix problems if you allow your teeth to slip by not wearing your retainers.

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