What can you expect before and after treatment with Invisalign clear aligners? Our dentists at Toothworks Hatamian Dental share how you can achieve a straighter smile with Invisalign.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign clear aligners are designed to be a discreet option for straightening your smile. This series of clear, custom-made aligners can straighten your teeth without the use of traditional metal and wires.
Patients typically wear each set of aligners for about two weeks each, during which time the teeth will shift in tiny increments.
Your dentist will determine your specific needs, then design a custom treatment plan based on your requirements.
You'll be able to remove your custom aligners to brush, floss, eat and drink during your treatment.
You might have one or more orthodontic issues that need correcting, such as gapped, crooked or misaligned teeth. Invisalign can help treat these problems.
After seeing your dentist for a consultation, you'll be provided with a custom treatment plan.
Your dentist can also use digital scans and the Invisalign Outcome Simulator to give you a preview of how your teeth may look by the end of your treatment.
Following your dentist's prescribed plan and the Invisalign Treatment Process will help you reach your goals. No matter the issue being treated, it's imperative to follow your dentist's instructions.
Your results after Invisalign will depend on your individual treatment plan, but overall you can expect to see straighter teeth.
You may also see an improved bite or a reduction in the gaps between your teeth.
What To Expect Long Term
Once you stop wearing Invisalign, you need to wear orthodontic retainers so your teeth are held in place while new bone is deposited. It takes about 9 to 12 months for your body to build up enough bone to stabilize the teeth.
Once 12 months have passed, you should have enough new bone around your teeth to keep them in place. For this reason, you won’t have to wear your orthodontic retainers as often to maintain your straight smile. Our dentists may recommend only wearing your retainers 3 to 5 times a week.
While your teeth won’t move as dramatically once the jawbone regains bone tissue, they may move forward and inward as you get older. This change isn’t something you notice overnight, but rather something that gradually happens over decades. This is just another reason it's important to visit your dentist regularly for an exam!
What Happens If You Lose Your Retainer
If you lose your retainer, make sure to contact our Toothworks Hatamian Dental dental office to schedule an appointment. Whether you accidentally threw out your retainer on your lunch tray, the dog ate it, or it broke, we can get you fitted for a new retainer as soon as possible so you don’t lose the progress you made with orthodontic treatment. During your appointment, we’ll take impressions of your teeth to create a new retainer.