When you want to straighten your smile, the process of getting started with treatment can feel exhilarating and overwhelming at the same time. Knowing what to expect can help this part of the treatment process go more smoothly.
Patients who are considering orthodontic treatment options such as Invisalign or traditional braces will benefit from consulting with a dentist who can assess their case and advise them on the recommended treatment approach.
Invisalign: An Overview
Invisalign is a unique orthodontic treatment system that uses clear plastic aligner trays to apply pressure to the teeth in order to move them into the proper position. Those aligner trays can be removed at mealtimes and for oral hygiene purposes.
The patient is provided with a series of aligner trays and a schedule for moving to the next tray. In order to achieve the desired results in the anticipated timeframe, patients must wear the trays for at least 22 hours each day.
While traditional braces require office visits in order to physically adjust the tension of the wires, the patient takes on much of the responsibility for adjustments by switching trays as instructed.
Invisalign will be able to effectively resolve many patients’ concerns about the alignment of their smiles. In some cases, traditional braces may be more effective and appropriate. Therefore, if you are considering Invisalign, it’s important to visit a dentist for an evaluation to determine the best approach.
Your Invisalign Consultation: What to Expect
An Invisalign consultation is quite similar to any other evaluation for specialized oral health treatment, such as getting a crown or pursuing a cosmetic dentistry treatment. At this appointment, your provider will collect all of the data needed to plan your course of treatment, possibly including:
- Digital or physical impressions of your smile
That data is then used to create your custom-made Invisalign trays. When your trays are ready, you’ll return to the office to receive them, along with your instructions for their proper use and maintenance.
Do you want to get started on your Invisalign journey to a straighter smile? Call the office of Dr. John Morris today to schedule your initial consultation.