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What Is Required for an Invisalign® Orthodontic Treatment?
Currently thinking about improving the alignment of your teeth with Invisalign® orthodontic treatments? This article is for you. Invisalign® is the most popular brand of clear aligners used to straighten teeth.
The aligners look a lot like mouthguards worn during sports. Each is made out of clear, flexible plastic and is designed to gradually push the wearer's teeth into a better alignment. Patients get several trays at the start of treatment. Each is used for about two weeks before being replaced with another that pushes the patient's teeth a little closer to the desired position.
Necessary steps during Invisalign® treatments
There are several steps a patient must take in order to start this discreet teeth-straightening treatment:
1. An initial consultation
The Invisalign® process starts with the patient being examined by a dentist to ensure it is the right course of treatment. The patient should be prepared to answer lots of questions during this appointment and an examination of their teeth. Costs and payment options are also discussed during this initial visit.
2. Creating the digital model of the patient's teeth
The next step after the consultation is the creation of an image of the patient's teeth. This can be done by scanning the person's teeth or taking a mold. The digital image is projected onto a screen, and it is used to project how long treatment should take and what the final results will look like. It is also used to design the patient's customized aligner trays.
3. Invisalign® aligners are made
Once the dentist has all the information they need, the data is sent to a dental lab where the aligner trays are made. The number of aligners each patient gets varies depending on how serious the orthodontic problems are. Each aligner is worn for a period of about two weeks. It should be noted that patients need to wear the aligners for up to 20 hours each day to get the most out of the treatment.
Most dentists require patients who are undergoing Invisalign® treatment to come in for check-ups once every two or three months. Some only give their patients enough aligners to last this duration to ensure they do not skip planned checkups.
These checkups are used to evaluate how well the treatment is working. At times, minor adjustments might be made to the aligners or the patient's teeth during these visits.
As is the case with traditional metal braces, those who opt for Invisalign® will usually have to wear retainers after treatment. These devices are used to prevent the person's teeth from reverting to their former alignment.
Give Invisalign® a try
Thanks to Invisalign®, you can now improve the alignment of your teeth without having to deal with the poor aesthetics of metal braces or the pain and discomfort associated with them. Stop by our Great Neck office for your consultation and take the first step towards having straighter teeth.
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