Orthodontic treatment is a partnership between the patient and the dentist. To ensure that you get the best results, this partnership needs to be maintained on a regular basis. If you’re an existing Invisalign patient or if you’re currently considering it as a possible solution to align your teeth – you can now find out more on how you can gain the most out of your Invisalign treatment with the following tips:
Commit to wearing your aligners for at least 22 hours per day!!!
- The treatment will only work if you wear the trays for the recommended number of hours. If you don’t, it will not work. Simple as that. Your treatment will stall and will inevitably take much longer.
Always change your aligners at the interval you have been advised.
- It’s always best to change your aligners as per your dentist’s advice and ensure that your aligners are seated fully. If ever you think the aligners may not be seating properly, it’s best to give your dentist a call.
Accept the idea of Invisalign attachments
- Often when patients come to the decision to start Invisalign treatment, it’s because they like the idea of ‘invisible’ aligners straightening their teeth. Sometimes attachments will be necessary which are tiny tooth coloured ‘bumps’ or ‘dots’ placed onto the teeth to help the aligners grip and move the teeth. They are often visible (if you look very closely). However, attachments can potentially speed up your treatment. This is highly beneficial if you are looking for fast effective treatment and results.
Wear your retainers properly after your Invisalign treatment is completed
- Retainers are essential. After orthodontic treatment, the bone that grows around and supports the teeth may remain in a state of instability. If the teeth are not supported in the final position they will simply move back to where they started, ruining months of hard work. It can be annoying, but it is incredibly important to protect your investment in your smile and wear your retainers for exactly the duration advised by your dentist.
To achieve the best possible results, you need to be committed, stay on track with wearing your aligners 22 hours per day, change them as directed, accept the need for attachments and wear your retainers after your treatment is completed.
If you can stick to these basic principals your treatment will go as quickly as possible and you will achieve the best possible smile. Which after all, is why we’re all here.