Our dentists in Halifax explain what to expect before and after treatment with Invisalign clear aligners, and how Invisalign can help you reveal a straighter smile.
What is Invisalign?
Did you know you can straighten your teeth without using the traditional metal and wires that come with braces? Invisalign clear aligners - the series of clear, custom-made aligners - are a discreet orthodontic option for straightening your smile.
Patients generally wear each set of aligners for about two weeks each while tiny adjustments to their teeth are made.
The duration of your treatment plan will be determined by your dentist, who will assess your specific needs.
You'll be able to remove your custom clear aligners to eat, drink, brush and floss during your treatment.
You might have gapped, crooked or misaligned teeth - or even a combination of these issues - that Invisalign can help treat.
After seeing your dentist for a consultation, you'll have a custom treatment plan.
The dentist will also use accurate digital scans of your teeth, along with a smile preview, to show you how you can expect your teeth to look by the end of your treatment.
Whatever the issue being treated, it's important to follow the plan your dentist prescribes.
Your results after Invisalign will depend on your individual treatment plan, but overall you can expect to see straighter teeth.
You may also see an improved bite or a reduction in the gaps between your teeth.
What To Expect Long Term
Once you stop wearing Invisalign, you need to wear orthodontic retainers so your teeth are held in place while new bone is deposited. It takes about 9 to 12 months for your body to build up enough bone to stabilize the teeth.
Once 12 months have passed, you should have enough new bone around your teeth to keep them in place. For this reason, you won’t have to wear your orthodontic retainers as often to maintain your straight smile. Our dentists may recommend only wearing your retainers 3 to 5 times a week.
While your teeth won’t move as dramatically once the jawbone regains bone tissue, they may move forward and inward as you get older. This change isn’t something you notice overnight, but rather something that gradually happens over decades. This is just another reason it's important to visit your dentist regularly for an exam!
What Happens If You Lose Your Retainer
If you lose your retainer, make sure to contact our Halifax dental office to schedule an appointment. Whether you accidentally threw out your retainer on your lunch tray, the dog ate it, or it broke, we can get you fitted for a new retainer as soon as possible so you don’t lose the progress you made with orthodontic treatment. During your appointment, we’ll take impressions of your teeth to create a new retainer.