Helpful Facts For New Invisalign Patients

Clear aligners are a discreet alternative to metal braces. Both types of orthodontic treatment fulfill the same function in slightly different ways. You can get Invisalign retainers from an orthodontist or your regular dentist. Many patients prefer clear aligners since they don't need to alter their diets or lifestyles in order to use them. Invisalign is a safe and healthy way to change the shape of your smile. Here are some of the things patients should know when beginning treatment:

1. Your treatment plan will be generated using computer analysis

Like traditional braces treatment, Invisalign treatment begins when your dentist takes an impression of your teeth. This impression will then be digitized and used to create a 3D model of your mouth. Using this model and specialized software, an effective orthodontic treatment plan will be designed just for you. Your dentist will weigh in on this plan, applying their specialized expertise to ensure that the plan is ideal before it's finalized. 

2. You can see your predicted results before beginning treatment

There are many benefits to using a 3D model to design an Invisalign treatment plan. One such benefit is the opportunity to get a sneak preview of your predicted results. You'll have the opportunity to look at the 3D model of your teeth at your dentist's office. If you like the proposed changes to the shape of your smile, you can consent to treatment, which will begin once you receive your first set of clear aligners.

3. Your teeth will be moved slowly over time

Clear aligners can be used to drastically change the appearance of your smile. Orthodontic rubber bands can be used to create tension between your upper and lower jaw in order to fix overbites and underbites. However, you can rest assured that all changes will be created slowly over time. You will receive a new set of clear aligners every two weeks, each one slightly tighter than the last. Slow, steady changes will allow you to get the results you want with minimal discomfort.

4. Your dentist can help you with any questions or concerns that arise

Your dentist will be a valuable resource throughout the Invisalign process. If you experience any problems or have questions about your treatment or the proper use of your clear aligners, you should feel free to reach out to your dentist. Your dentist can give you helpful tips that will make your clear aligner treatment a breeze.

Reach out to a local orthodontist or dentist to learn more about Invisalign.