Invisalign in Allen

HOW DOES INVISALIGN WORK?

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that consists of removable clear aligners that must be worn for 22 hours a day. The length of treatment depends on the severity of your alignment problems. 

Invisalign is a better alternative to metal braces because the transparent aligners make the treatment invisible and the ability to remove them before eating and cleaning your teeth makes them more hygienic. 

You will receive a new set of aligners every 2 weeks which gradually shift your teeth by exerting gentle force. Contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Natchi at West Allen Dental today.

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Did you know…

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To prevent your teeth from shifting back to their old alignment, you will need to wear a retainer after Invisalign treatment.

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HOW IT WORKS: THE INVISALIGN PROCESS

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Consultation

Dr. Natchi will examine your mouth to determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign. If you are in poor oral health or have severe malocclusions, Invisalign may not be right for you. If you are a good candidate, your goals will be discussed and a treatment you will be given an estimated time frame for your orthodontic treatment.

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IMPRESSIONS

Impressions of your teeth will be taken either during your consultation or at a separate appointment with a digital scanner or mold. These impressions serve as a model to create your custom aligner trays that will fit snugly over your teeth. They are sent to an outside dental lab that creates the trays and sends them back to us.

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FITTING & ATTACHMENTS

When we receive your custom aligner trays from the dental lab, you will return to our office to pick them up. First, we will test how they fit and how your teeth move.

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FOLLOW-UP APPOINTMENTS

You will receive a new set of aligners every 2 weeks. It’s important to wear them for 22 hours a day or your next set of aligners will not fit properly. At the end of your treatment, if you still have a few teeth needing adjusting, you may need some additional refinement trays.

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AFTERCARE

Once Invisalign treatment has been completed, you will need to wear a retainer for 22 hours a day for a set amount of time until the jawbone is no longer malleable. If you don’t wear a retainer, your teeth can shift back and reverse all of your progress.

Did you know…

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Invisalign can be combined with attachment buttons and elastics to correct severe malocclusions such as over and underbites.

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HOW LONG WILL THE PROCESS TAKE?

The exact length of treatment is variable depending on many factors such as the severity of your malocclusions, your age, and how compliant you are with keeping your aligners in. A child’s mouth is still developing until about 13 years.

Adolescents whose jawbone is still malleable and growing may experience faster results than adults. Mildly crooked teeth can take as little as 6 months to correct but the average length of treatment for most people is 12-18 months. Severe malocclusions can take at least a couple of years to correct.

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WILL IT BE PAINFUL?

Invisalign is considerably more comfortable than traditional braces because the aligners are made of plastic instead of metal wires and brackets, and they exert gentler force on the teeth. However, some mild pain is to be expected with any orthodontic treatment, because of pressure applied to your teeth to move them. 

The first week of wearing Invisalign will likely be the most soreness you will experience as your teeth get used to wearing the aligners. Because you switch out aligners every 2 weeks, some soreness or mild pain may occur in the first few days of wearing your new aligners. This is when the aligners will be the tightest. 

To relieve pain, you can take anti-pain medication or try sucking on an ice cube. However, over time your teeth will adjust. Any pain should be mild and only last for a few days after receiving a new set of aligners.

HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO COME IN FOR FOLLOW-UPS?

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You will return to our dental office every 4-6 weeks for follow-up appointments to check on your progress. During these appointments, we check that your teeth are properly shifting and that your aligner trays are fitting properly. 
We will also give you multiple sets of aligner trays for you to switch out no sooner than every 2 weeks. If you have any questions about Invisalign or your treatment, this would be a perfect time to ask.

Did you know…

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Feeling like your teeth are “loose” is a normal experience during Invisalign treatment.

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