Invisalign® Treatment Timeline
By Damien Armstrong on June 25, 2013
At Dr. Damien Armstrong’s cosmetic dentistry practice, we strive to provide our patients with dental care that is high in quality while maintaining a level of comfort and convenience for our patients. Invisalign® orthodontics is a perfect example of a dental treatment that offers patients the quality results they desire without placing any unnecessary restrictions or inconveniences on their lifestyle. For these reasons, Dr. Armstrong is likely to recommend that his Chattanooga patients consider Invisalign® treatment when they are looking to correct alignment problems and restore the appearance of a straight and even smile. Patients who choose Invisalign® can expect treatment to adhere to the following timeline:
- Step 1: Consultation: At the initial consultation, Dr. Armstrong will determine if the patient is a good candidate for Invisalign® treatment. Most patients who make ideal candidates for traditional orthodontic treatment are candidates for Invisalign® as well.
- Step 2: Planning: If it is determined that a patient qualifies for Invisalign® treatment, planning will begin. The aligners used during Invisalign® treatment are custom-designed based on a comprehensive examination of the mouth. This planning stage will involve taking computer images, x-rays, and molds of the teeth. All of these will be used as reference when designing aligners to meet the patient’s specific orthodontic needs.
- Step 3: Treatment with aligners: When the aligners are complete, Dr. Armstrong will have patients return to his office so that specific instructions can be given regarding the use of aligners. Patients are given a series of aligners to be worn. While exact instructions may vary by patient, each set of aligners is typically worn for about two weeks. Throughout the entire treatment process, patients will go through an average of 18 to 30 sets of aligner trays. Patients are free to remove aligners while eating or caring for the teeth but they should be sure to wear the aligners for at least 22 to 24 hours a day. Although the majority of treatment will be completed at home, Dr. Armstrong will monitor treatment to ensure that the teeth are shifting properly. It is often recommended that patients schedule dental check-ups every six weeks during Invisalign® treatment.
- Step 4: Results: Throughout the treatment process, the teeth begin to gradually shift into place. However, it is the final results that are truly remarkable. While the exact timeline will vary based on each patient’s specific needs, the average Invisalign® treatment is complete in about 12 months. Patients are left with a smile that is straight, even, and attractive.
While Invisalign® treatment takes place over an extended period of time just as traditional orthodontics would, this treatment allows patients a degree of freedom and comfort that cannot be expected from traditional braces.
Schedule an Appointment
Invisalign® treatment offers patients ease, comfort, and convenience that cannot be found from other orthodontic treatments, all without compromising the results of a beautiful smile. If you’d like to learn more about straightening your teeth through the Invisalign® treatment process, schedule an appointment with Dr. Damien Armstrong at your earliest convenience. We look forward to meeting you!
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