Are You A Candidate For Invisalign
Is Invisalign treatment right for me?
Invisalign treatment has been made a successful treatment option for almost every malocclusion innovations and technological advancements. Patients’ needs range from the severe to the complex, and an Invisalign treatment is the best solution for both adults and teens.
If you want to improve your smile without impacting your lifestyle, schedule a smile assessment and discuss your needs and goals with your doctor.
What is the treatment process?
- Have a consultation with us
If you have decided to go with the Invisalign treatment process, your orthodontist will have to determine if it is right for you.
- Your orthodontist creates a treatment plan
If this is right for you, x-rays, photographs, and impressions of your teeth will be taken. These records are sent to the Invisalign Company along with instructions of how the teeth should move.
- Wear your aligners
They are all different and are meant to be worn in a specific order. Each aligner is meant to be used for two weeks. As your treatment progresses, each new aligner will serve to bring your teeth into straighter and straighter positions.
- We refine your smile
When the last tray has been worn for two weeks, you might very well be done with your Invisalign.
- Maintain your smile
You will need to wear retainers after your treatment is complete to give the bones of your jaw time to solidify around your new teeth placements.
Can I go to any dentist or orthodontist for Invisalign treatment?
Many dentists and orthodontists alike are trained in administering Invisalign to patients, who usually bring about the question: “Should I get Invisalign from a dentist or orthodontist?” Truthfully, the answer lies not in specialty, but experience.
We have extensive Invisalign experience and we are suited to treat more complicated cases than less experienced providers.
What should I bring to my consultation with my doctor?
You may have a couple of questions you want to ask. Come with them. You should also bring your insurance card and any information you might have about your dental history.
What should I expect during my consultation?
You should expect an initial evaluation with your dentist. This exam gives your dentist the chance to examine your teeth and confirm that Invisalign is a good option for treating your particular situation.
Your dentist will most likely recommend a dental checkup and cleaning before you begin Invisalign treatment to make sure your teeth and gums are in top health and to avoid unnecessary risks.
You will discuss your teeth-straightening goals with your dentist, and he will examine your smile to determine your specific needs.
You can also use this opportunity to have some of your questions about the system answered, including how long the process will take, how much it will cost, and how Invisalign will fit into your life.
How long will treatment take?
There is no perfect formula for determining how long a patient will need treatment, as every patient has their unique tooth alignment that will be a factor. On average, most orthodontists believe that teenagers will need Invisalign for about a year, while adults may need it for up to two years.
Factors that may determine how long include, how often you wear your aligners and how complex your case is. Many people start seeing a difference in their teeth within two to three months of starting to use the aligners.
How often will I change aligners?
Every set of teeth is different, so there’s no easy answer to the question of how often you should change your aligners. Your dentist or orthodontist will give you a timeline to follow for you to achieve your particular set of smile goals.
But, it is generally recommended that users change their aligners every two weeks. During those two weeks, you should wear your aligners for approximately 20 hours per day.
How many hours per day should I wear my aligners?
For the best results, wear your Invisalign clear aligners 20 to 22 hours a day, taking them out just for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing.
How often will I have appointments with my doctor?
Usually about 4-6 weeks. That will depend on how quickly things are moving along and how extensive your treatment is. The doctor will be able to determine this during your treatment.
My doctor mentioned “attachments.” What are they and why would I need them for my Invisalign treatment?
Invisalign is a revolutionary option, but sometimes certain movements can be difficult for the aligners to accomplish. An attachment can help ensure the right forces are placed in the right places to move the teeth. The attachments allow the aligner to “grip” or “grab” a tooth for ease of movement.
Although not everyone who uses Invisalign clear aligners will need attachments, if you need them, your dentist will attach them to your teeth at the start of or during your treatment and remove them when they are no longer needed.
Can I get Invisalign treatment on just my top or bottom teeth instead of both?
Getting Invisalign on the bottom teeth only or the top teeth only, instead of both arches, is referred to as single-arch or one-arch treatment.
One-arch treatment options are available for just top or bottom teeth, but consult your doctor for your individual needs.