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Invisalign - Who Is It For!

Gurnee Dentist

Invisalign - Who Is It For?

Gurnee IL Family Dentist

Invisalign  – Is treatment the right one for me?

In considering just about every technological advancement and malocclusion innovation, Invisalign has been proven a successful option of treatment. An Invisalign treatment is the best solution for both teens and adults, as patients needs range from the complex to the severe.

Schedule an appointment to discuss your goals and needs with your doctor, and receive a smile assessment, if you truly desire to improve your smile without substantially impacting your lifestyle.

What is this treatment process? 

  • Have an orthodontist consultation

Your doctor will have to determine if it is the right course of action for you, if you decide to go forward with the Invisalign treatment process.

  • A treatment plan its created by your orthodontist.

Impressions of your teeth will be taken after having x-rays and oral photographs, if this the right course of action for you. Instructions of how the teeth should move, as well as these records will be sent to the Invisalign Company.

  • Wearing your aligner sets

Each aligner is meant to be worn in a specific order, and for two weeks at a time, as they all have slight differences. Each new aligner serves to straighten your teeth more and more as your treatment progresses.

  • Your smile is refined by the orthodontists

You could very well be completely finished with your Invisalign treatment when the last tray has worn for a two week period.

  • Keeping your smile maintained

In order to give the jaw bones time to further solidify around the new placement of your teeth, after your aligner treatment is complete, you will need to wear retainers.

Should I use an orthodontist or dentist for my Invisalign treatments?

Truthfully, the answer to this question lies in the professionals’ experience more than it does in this specific specialty. Since many orthodontists and dentists alike have training in the administration of Invisalign, the question “Should I get Invisalign from a dentist or an orthodontist” should really depend upon who has the necessary experience.

In the treatment of more complex cases, the orthodontist or dentist with the most extensive Invisalign experience would be the best suited for your treatment!

In the consultation with my doctor, what should I bring?

You should bring all the information you have available about your dental history, and of course, your insurance card. You may well have some unanswered questions, as well, so come with them.

During my consultation, what should I expect?

The first thing you should expect is for your dentist to do an initial evaluation. Determining whether or not Invisalign is an option that is good for treating your particular situation, is the goal of this initial examination of your teeth.

To avoid unnecessary risks, and to confirm that your gums and teeth are the best health possible, your dentist will probably recommend a good cleaning and complete dental checkup before beginning your Invisalign treatment.

After determining your needs in specific, by examining your smile, your dentist will discuss the goals you have for straightening your teeth.

Having your particular questions about this system answered, such as how will Invisalign fit into your life, how much does it cost, and how long will it take are some of what this consultation opportunity will afford you.

How long will it take for this treatment?

The unique tooth alignment that each patient has will be a key factor, so there is no formula that is perfect for determining how long you may need.

Adults may need up to two years, on average, while most orthodontists believe that Invisalign treatment will last about a year for teenagers.

What the complexity of your particular case might be, or how often you wear the aligners are factors that may go into how long you treatment will last.

How often will I need to change my aligners? 

There is no easy, pat answer as to how often you will need to change your aligners, as there are unique differences in every set of teeth. To achieve the goals you have for your particular smile, the orthodontist or dentist will set up a timeline to follow.

Generally speaking, a patient should wear their aligners approx- imately 20 hours every day, and for a period of two weeks before changing them.

How long should my aligners be worn every day? 

You should wear your Invisalign clear aligners for about 20-22 hours each day, only taking them out for flossing and brushing after eating and drinking, for the best possible results.

How often will my doctor appointments need to be?

That will actually depend on how extensive your treatment will need to be, and how fast things are moving, but usually about four to six weeks. During your treatment the doctor will be the one who determines the schedule.

What are the “attachments” my doctor mentioned, and why are they needed for the Invisalign treatment?

Certain movements can sometimes be difficult for the aligners to accomplish, since Invisalign is an option that’s fairly revolutionary.

In order to move the teeth to their correct position, with the right amount of force applied, an attachment may be needed. To insure ease of movement, the attachments enable the aligner to”grab” or “grip” a tooth.

The Invisalign clear aligner treatment does not necessitate that everyone will need attachments, but your dentist will attach them to your teeth when your treatment begins, if he thinks you need them, and when needed no more, he will remove them.

Instead of getting Invisalign treatment on both bottom and top teeth, can I just them on one or the other?

This would be referred to as a one-arch or single-arch treatment, instead of getting Invisalign on both the top and bottom.

You would need to consult your professional for your individual needs, but yes, one-arch treatments are available for either one.

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