Do you want to improve your smile without the need for traditional braces? If so, then Invisalign could be the treatment for you. With Invisalign, you can fix misalignments, gaps, and bite problems just like you would with traditional brackets and wires, but with unobtrusive, clear aligners that are virtually invisible. If you’ve discussed your treatment options with your dentist and have decided to start treatment with Invisalign in Belmont, here is a look at what you can expect.
Planning Your Treatment
The first part of Invisalign treatment is planning. You and your dentist will discuss your treatment goals to determine if Invisalign can help you achieve them. Then, your dentist will take images of your teeth and upload them into the Invisalign software system, so you can map out your treatment and see what your smile will look like when you are finished. Your dentist will also take molds of your mouth so that your custom Invisalign aligners can be made.
Wearing Your Aligners
This is the active phase of treatment. You will wear your aligners 24 hours a day, except when you are eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth. Your dentist may also tell you that you can take your aligners out to play a musical instrument or while you are playing a sport. However, it’s important to wear your aligners as much as possible to avoid slowing down your results. You will swap out your aligners approximately every two weeks to keep gently guiding your teeth to their new positions. You will also see your dentist periodically to verify that your treatment is progressing as intended.
Retaining Your Results
When your treatment is complete, the last thing you want is to allow your teeth to shift back to their original positions. Your dentist will recommend a retainer that will help you maintain your results. Some retainers are only worn temporarily, while others are worn permanently. Your dentist will help you choose the best option for your needs.