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What To Ask at Your Invisalign® Consultation
If you are contemplating fixing teeth alignment issues with Invisalign®, there are likely a few questions you want answered before making a commitment. Invisalign® provides the most discreet way to straighten teeth. It involves the use of clear aligner trays that are barely visible when being worn.
Traditional metal braces have been the standard way to fix poor teeth alignment for the past century, but they are highly conspicuous devices that can alter the appearance of your smile. Thanks to hard-to-detect clear aligners like Invisalign®, patients can now get the straight teeth they have always wanted without having to deal with bulky metal braces.
Questions to ask during your Invisalign® consultation
Here are some important questions patients should go over with a dentist before committing to getting their teeth straightened with Invisalign®:
1. How does the treatment start?
Invisalign® treatments start with the dentist creating a digital image of the patient's teeth. In some cases, an impression of the patient's mouth might be taken. This information is used to craft custom trays that push the patient's teeth closer to the desired position.
The way the treatment works, each tray is worn for roughly two weeks before being discarded and replaced with another tray. Each subsequent tray pushes the patient's teeth a little closer to the desired position.
2. Are there other types of clear aligners?
Yes, there are. Invisalign® just happens to be the most popular brand of clear aligners. Its products have been widely used for years, and they have been proven to be effective at straightening teeth while being safe for the patient.
3. What is the average treatment time?
The duration of each patient's treatment period varies depending on the severity of the orthodontic issues. Those with minor alignment issues can have treatments times as short as 10 weeks, while those with severe problems like overbites might need to wear aligners for up to two years.
5. How much supervision is needed during treatment?
People who opt for traditional braces often have to visit their dentist once a month to have their device and teeth inspected. With Invisalign®, patients are only required to check in with their dentist once every few months.
6. What happens if a mouth tray is lost?
Invisalign® aligners need to be worn for at least 22 hours each day to be effective. Patients who lose a set of aligners should get it replaced as soon as possible. Wearing the aligners consistently is essential for good results.
7. Can Invisalign® aligners be removed?
Yes, that is another noteworthy feature of these oral appliances. The trays can be easily removed for meals and cleaning, unlike traditional braces, which are fixed in place. This makes it easier for people who get Invisalign® treatments to maintain good oral hygiene while straightening their teeth.
Getting straighter teeth has never been easier
Thanks to Invisalign®, there are no more excuses to avoid getting the orthodontic treatment you need. Call or visit our Rocky Hill office to get started with your consultation.
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