What to Know About Your Invisalign Treatment
Created on August 15, 2023
This orthodontic treatment uses clear aligner trays that gradually shift your teeth into the desired position. Let’s look at the basic info you need about this treatment, from initial steps to duration and potential effects.
First, you need a consultation with one of the orthodontists experienced in Invisalign treatment at Taylor Street Dental. We can evaluate your teeth and determine whether the Invisalign system is suitable for your case. If deemed appropriate, the treatment process is initiated:
First, bite impressions of your teeth are taken and sent for processing to create a personalized treatment plan. Then we use advanced 3-D computer imaging to design custom-made aligners based on your bite impressions.
Once the aligners are ready, you will receive your first set of aligners, tailored to fit your teeth. Once received, Invisalign aligners should be worn consistently, both day and night. They should only be removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing.
Duration of Invisalign Treatment
Usually, Invisalign treatment takes about a year to complete. Throughout the process, you will have periodic appointments with your dentist or orthodontist, normally every 6 to 8 weeks to assess your progress. Each visit, you’ll receive the next set of aligners.
Effectiveness and Safety of Invisalign
The Invisalign system has proven highly effective in giving patients straighter teeth. Dentists design these aligner trays to move your teeth gradually and safely, improving both bite function and aesthetic appearance.
Best Practices and Considerations
While wearing your Invisalign trays, it’s essential to follow these guidelines to ensure the best possible outcome:
Avoid Chewing: Refrain from chewing with your aligner trays on to prevent damage and food particles from accumulating inside the trays. Only drink clear water while wearing them.
Musical Instruments and Mouthguards: If you play musical instruments such as a trumpet or flute — or if you require a mouthguard for sports — it’s necessary to remove your aligner trays during these activities to avoid damaging the aligner.
Oral Habits: Avoid biting your fingernails or chewing on objects when wearing your Invisalign trays. This avoids putting unnecessary strain on the trays.
Schedule An Invisalign Consultation
Invisalign treatment offers a convenient and aesthetically pleasing way to achieve a straighter smile.