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Everything to Know About Orthodontic Invisalign Treatment

Posted on June 2, 2022

Best Smiles Orthodontics

Invisalign is a pretty straightforward orthodontic aligner treatment that straightens teeth, bridges gaps, corrects crowding, and corrects moderate bite abnormalities as an alternative to conventional metal braces. It’s prevalent among individuals whose teeth have gradually shifted since their braces were removed or those who never had braces in the first place. Read on for the essential things to know about orthodontic Invisalign treatment.

The Consultation and Molding Process

The first step is to choose an orthodontist and get a free consultation to see if you are a good candidate for Invisalign. If your orthodontist believes Invisalign treatment will be successful, you will have x-rays of your teeth taken. Scans of these will be taken to assist in molding the aligner by using the pattern of your teeth. These scans are then returned to your orthodontist, who will provide you with the first set.

Examining Fit and Following Up

Once the aligners are complete, you’ll visit your orthodontist to ensure they fit correctly. The dentist will ask you to test and, if necessary, will make small, momentary attachments to keep them in place. The Invisalign process can begin once the fit has been approved.

You’ll return for a follow-up appointment a few sessions after your fitting. This is to review your progress and to review the tray fit to ensure that everything functions correctly. After that, you’ll change your aligners every few weeks. Regular visits are not required, unlike traditional braces. Your orthodontist will check in with you to see how you are progressing and to resolve any issues that may have arisen.

How to Clean Invisalign Trays

Cleaning your Invisalign aligners as often as possible is critical. Since you keep them in while sleeping, you should clean them every morning when brushing your teeth. To prevent plaque and saliva from building up, clean your aligners each time you take them out. To soak them, use an Invisalign cleaning kit or a solution of equal proportions of purple white vinegar and water. Your orthodontist may recommend other cleaning solutions for your aligners as well.

Medical Benefits

What else can Invisalign do for you than give you a beautiful smile? To begin, Invisalign is an excellent treatment choice for people who have crowded or uneven teeth. Overbites and underbites can also be treated with these aligners.

If you have been considering an alternative treatment option to traditional braces, Invisalign might be for you. To learn more or to schedule your free orthodontic consultation, contact us today!