So, you’re embarrassed by your smile and have decided to have straight teeth. You’re tired of the soreness, headaches, unhealthy gums and more that come from an incorrect bite or misaligned teeth. You’re looking for a more beautiful, healthier smile. You’re ready for Invisalign. However, now that you made that important decision, what can you expect from start to finish of the treatment?
What to Expect When First Starting Invisalign Treatment?
Some things to consider with your clear braces are…
- Your Initial Appointment: During your first appointment, the dentist will examine your mouth, and discuss the Invisalign treatment process and your expectations with you.
- Molding: Your dentist will then start the digital molding process which could occur during the same appointment or on your next appointment. X-rays, digital scan and images create a precise model of your teeth and mouth. Your dentist sends these to the Invisalign lab to create your custom trays.
- Your First Tray Fitting: Once your trays are ready, you’ll come back to the dentist’s office to pick them up. They might fit small attachments on your teeth for helping to keep the trays in place. These buttons are:
- Almost invisible
- Painless to install
- Your Follow-Up Appointments: Several weeks after you’ve had your first tray fitted, you’ll return to your dentist so they can check the progress of your Invisalign treatment.
One thing to note is that it takes a series of trays to make up the entire Invisalign process. The Invisalign process will take time, but it will be worth it in the end!
Here are a few questions you may be wondering about:
Q. What Does Invisalign Feel Like?
A. Invisalign applies gentle constant force to move your teeth. You may experience temporary discomfort for your first couple of days of wearing new aligners.
Q. How Does Invisalign Aligners Work?
A. The treatment begins with a consultation between you and your dentist or an Invisalign-trained doctor. They’ll evaluate your smile, mapping out customized, precise digital treatment plan — start to finish. Once you approve this plan, they’ll have your new customized aligners created.
Each day you’ll wear your aligners for a minimum of 20 to 22 hours and will change to a new tray every one to two weeks. The aligners will gradually and gently move your teeth into place until your smile is complete.
Q. Can Anyone Tell that You’re Wearing Invisalign Aligners?
A. These are clear braces so they’re virtually invisible. Most people won’t even notice them unless you tell them. They’ll fit seamlessly and discreetly into your lifestyle.
Q. How Do You Care for your Retainers During the Process?
A. You can use the Invisalign Cleaning System to clean your aligners which you’ll obtain either through your dentist/doctor or online. Or, you can simply use a toothbrush and toothpaste and brush your aligners with lukewarm water. Don’t use hot water as it could warp the plastic permanently.
You should brush your aligners your teeth before you place the aligners into your mouth after you’ve eaten a meal. This is because food residue like pasta sauce or blueberries can stain your aligners.
Q. What Should and Shouldn’t You Do During Treatment?
A. There are numerous things you should and shouldn’t d while going through the teeth straightening process. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Avoid foods like hard-shelled breads, jawbreakers and uncooked carrots.
- Avoid beverages like tea, coffee and wine that can stain your aligners.
- Avoid hot beverages because the high temperatures can misshapen or warp the aligners. However, since Invisalign clear aligners are removable, you can simply take them out if you would like to indulge in one of these beverages.
- Follow precise treatment instructions. If you’re tempted to only wear your aligners while you sleep, keep in mind, you must wear your aligners 20 to 22 hours a day to achieve the results you’re looking for.
Q. What Should You Expect After Treatment?
A. While you will have straight teeth, you might not even notice a big change since you have always been able to see your teeth, even while wearing the aligners. Your final results will depend on how severe your misalignment was to begin with.
Ready to Learn More about Invisalign?
Contact First-in-Smiles Dentistry to set up your consultation. First-in-Smiles Dentistry welcomes you to our office. We’re committed to helping our patients achieve and maintain optimal oral health. We’re dedicated to providing preventative and comprehensive patient care. Set up your appointment today with Dr. Patel for an initial consultation.