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What to Expect at an Invisalign® Consultation With a General Dentist
So, you have decided that you want to give Invisalign® clear braces a shot. These oral appliances give you a subtler way to straighten teeth than traditional metal braces. Instead of metal wires and brackets that ruin the aesthetics of the patient's teeth, the person gets transparent plastic aligners that are hard to notice when worn. It prevents the embarrassing stares and questions that sometimes come with having metal braces.
Invisalign® clear aligners can be used to treat a range of teeth alignment issues, including:
- Crooked teeth
- Spaces between teeth
The initial Invisalign® consultation
A teeth straightening treatment with Invisalign® starts with a consultation with a dentist. Here is what goes on:
1. The initial consultation
During the first appointment, the dentist will evaluate the patient's teeth to confirm that Invisalign® is the best option for them. Poor teeth alignment caused by a person's teeth being misaligned can be effectively treated with Invisalign®. However, teeth alignment problems caused by abnormal jaw positioning cannot be effectively corrected with clear aligners. The initial consultation is also a chance for the dentist to educate the patient about how the treatment will progress and the costs.
2. Establishing a baseline
The dentist will also take records of the patient's teeth during the first appointment. The types of tools that the dentist might use to get this done include:
- X-rays: Dental X-rays might be used to examine the patient's jaw and their teeth roots
- Bite registration: The dentist will also evaluate how the patient's upper and lower teeth fit with each other, typically by having the patient bite down on a fast-setting paste that is applied to their teeth
- Impressions: The dentist will also make an impression of the patient's teeth by having the patient bite down on a mold
- 3D images: The dentist will also take photos of the patient's teeth and face from various angles; these are used to design the patient's clear aligners and create projections for their treatment
Once the dentist has gathered all the information needed, the patient's customized Invisalign® aligners are designed, and the information is sent to a lab that makes clear aligners. It should be ready in about two weeks.
The patient is called back for a second appointment once their aligners are ready. Attachments might be cemented on their teeth to ensure that the aligners fit snuggly. The dentist will teach the patient how to insert, remove and keep their aligner in good condition. The patient will also be given tips on how to speed up the adjustment period.
Get discreet teeth straightening
Thanks to Invisalign®, you can now straighten your teeth without ruining the appearance of your smile. With Invisalign®, you get a comfortable solution and shorter treatment times. Call or visit our Baltimore clinic to learn more about teeth straightening with Invisalign® and the benefits that come with it.
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