Invisalign: What to Expect When You Begin Treatment

Invisalign takes all the hassle out of teeth straightening. It is a highly advanced technology that is much more convenient than traditional orthodontic methods in a number of ways. Here at Wallington Smiles, we offer Invisalign treatments at an affordable rate to cater for all of our patients. If you’re interested, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our expert team today.

How Does the Invisalign Process Start?

It is necessary for every patient who wishes to undergo Invisalign treatment to first attend a consultation with a Wallington Smiles dentist to determine whether or not it is a suitable option. Several factors should be taken into consideration, including your age, medical history and how willing you are to commit to the treatment. While Invisalign is undoubtedly much less hassle than traditional metal braces, it is required that you wear them for at least 22 hours per day. During the consultation, your dentist will also discuss your payment options and whether or not you would like to set up a payment plan.

Then What?

When you are sure you would like to proceed with treatment, your dentist will take impressions, x-rays and photographs of your teeth to send off to an Invisalign technician. They will then create a 3D model of your teeth and their intended journey to your desired position. This model will be used to create your customised Invisalign aligners.

What Happens Once I Get my Aligners?

Your dentist will provide you with a series of aligners that must be worn in a particular order. They have been created specifically to push your teeth into position gradually. Each set is to be worn for two weeks at a time before being swapped out for the next. 

It’s essential to remain consistent with wearing the trays throughout the entire Invisalign process. While it can certainly be beneficial to move the aligners when eating or brushing your teeth, you should keep them in for at least 22 hours per day. If you neglect to do so, it is likely that your teeth won’t move according to plan, and your next set of aligners won’t fit. Each night, we strongly recommend using a soft toothbrush to cleanse the trays in order to prevent bacteria buildup. This will massively reduce your risk of gum disease.

What Happens After I Finish My Treatment Plan?

It’s not uncommon to have to prolong the treatment period slightly after finishing your last set of aligners. A few stray teeth may remain stubbornly out of place, which may necessitate some refinement aligners. These will push those last teeth into place to get your smile looking as perfect as possible. It’s crucial that you wear retainers after finishing your treatment, else you risk going back to square one. They should be worn nightly for at least the first few months after your Invisalign treatment ends. After this, we suggest wearing them for at least a few nights a week, as it is very common for teeth to continue to move throughout the course of our lives. Being vigilant in your regular retainer use will prevent this from happening.

Visit Wallington Smiles for Invisalign

Invisalign is the perfect option for anyone looking to straighten their smile. Virtually invisible, comfortable and removable, clear aligners have revolutionised teeth straightening. If you’re interested in pursuing this treatment option or finding out more, please get in contact with Wallington Smiles today. Our friendly team is more than happy to answer any enquiries and get you booked in for your initial consultation.

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