What Is the Process of Getting Invisalign at Plaza Dental?
Hi, Dr Ninad Bhatt here from Plaza Dental in Mackay.
I was with our new patient Justine from Nindaroo last week. She just got engaged and her wedding will be in a year’s time. She really wants to make sure she has the perfect smile for her big day. So she came in for a complimentary smile consultation. After reviewing her situation, we decided Invisalign would be the best solution for her. Since she is not familiar with Invisalign, she asked me: Ninad, what is the process of Invisalign treatment?
Knowing a lot of people are curious about Invisalign, I thought I’d make a video sharing with you what I went through with her.
The first step is to determine whether or not you are suitable for Invisalign treatment. This involves a free consultation with one of our Invisalign providers and they will help you determine your suitability for Invisalign treatment. They will also explain the process of Invisalign treatment as well as your commitment required.
The big commitment on your behalf is wearing the aligners. The aligners need to be worn for 22 hours every day. If they are not worn for that length of time, then the treatment will not proceed as intended and you will not get the result that you are hoping for.
So once we are happy that you are suitable for Invisalign and you are happy to proceed with the treatment, then photos are taken and a digital scan is done of your teeth. This is uploaded to Invisalign where your dentist will formulate your treatment plan. From this, Invisalign will come up with a sequence of aligners to move your teeth to achieve your desired smile.
This is reviewed by your dentist. After this, we will make an appointment with you so that you can review this procedure to make sure you are happy with the result that we are going to achieve for you.
Once we are all happy, we then proceed to the active stage of treatment which involves the wearing of aligners by you. The first appointment is a relatively long appointment where we place attachments, make sure your aligners fit and show you how to look after everything. Attachments are small tooth coloured bondings placed onto your teeth for the duration of treatment. They act like handles to give the aligners extra leverage to move the teeth how we want. As I said before, these aligners need to be worn 22 hours a day, every single day, to achieve the desired results. This means that they only come out at mealtimes.
From there, we will see you once a month to review the treatment. This means making sure everything is proceeding according to plan, making sure you’re not having any problems or concerns, and to give you your new aligners. Once we have finished the active stage of your treatment, you now have the smile that you hoped for, but we aren’t quite finished. The aligners are removed, any attachments that were placed are polished so that your teeth are returned to the condition where we started, and final scans are done so that we can make retainers for you.
These retainers are as important as the aligners during the treatment because, after the treatment, the teeth want to move back to where they were. Now, this relapse potential decreases over time, so wearing your retainers, especially during the initial post-treatment phase, is as important as wearing your aligners so that you can keep your beautiful smile.
So if your teeth are not as straight as you would like them to be, Invisalign could be your answer. Why not book a complimentary smile assessment with us here at Plaza Dental. Simply direct message us on social media, call us on 07 4942 3272, or go to our website on plazadental.com.au and fill in the enquiry form, and one of our friendly team members will help you arrange your appointment.
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