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What to Ask Your Invisalign® Dentist
Invisalign® is one of the most popular teeth straightening treatment options for those with mild to moderate misalignment issues. Many have heard of Invisalign® and its system of clear aligners, but this widely accepted treatment method is still a mystery to some. To get all the information you need, the best person to ask questions of is your Invisalign® dentist.
We want to make sure you get the most out of your initial Invisalign® consultation. Most patients find it helpful to write down a series of questions that will help determine if Invisalign® is right for them. It may also be helpful to have your goals for the treatment written down to make your Invisalign® dentist aware of them. This puts you both on the same page and makes for a smoother appointment and treatment plan.
Questions to have in mind during your Invisalign® consultation
An Invisalign® will be able to answer all questions regarding the treatment plan, length of treatment, cost and estimations on the final results.
How do my teeth move with Invisalign®?
Invisalign® is famous for its use of technology to create a digital impression of the teeth in order to track and show future progress of teeth movement. Thanks to this technology, the Invisalign® dentist can show the patient exactly how and when the teeth will move into their final position.
Using these digital models, the Invisalign® dentist will create a custom treatment plan for the patient, mapping out specific movements of the teeth. These models will then become the blueprints for the physical clear aligners.
Each custom aligner is designed to apply just the right amount of pressure to the right place in the smile. Gradually, with each new aligner tray, the teeth adjust to a straightened position.
Am I a good candidate for Invisalign®?
Most teen and adult patients with mild to moderate alignment issues are great candidates for Invisalign® treatment. However, Invisalign® is not right for everyone. Younger patients whose jaws are still developing may see quicker results from braces since braces are able to put more pressure on a malleable jaw and move it into a corrected position. Invisalign® moves the teeth around and is not able to move the jaw.
Those with a severe overbite, underbite or crossbite are likely not good candidates for Invisalign®. Clear aligners are only able to move the teeth and have little influence on the position of the jaw. Traditional braces have ligatures, brackets and wires that can be used in combination with elastics to move the jaw forward, backward or to one side.
How long will my treatment time be?
Treatment time varies and each patient is different. For very mild corrections, treatment could take as few as three months. For bigger adjustments in the smile, treatment could last over a year. However, the advantage of having Invisalign® is that the process does not interfere with daily activities like braces do, making for a smoother treatment period, no matter how short or long it is.
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Invisalign® can completely transform your smile, allowing you to laugh, smile and eat without worry. Call our office today to set up your consultation and ask all those questions you have been wondering about.
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