Understanding Your Invisalign® Treatment Timeline
At Gulch Dental Studio in Nashville, TN, we are proud to offer the Invisalign® system for patients who wish to straighten their teeth discreetly. Dr. Clint Newman can help patients understand their Invisalign® treatment timeline so they know what to expect before treatment begins.
Invisalign® is a revolutionary orthodontic method that straightens teeth using a series of clear, thermoplastic aligner trays. This sleek alternative to traditional metal braces is popular among our teen and adult patients, or anyone who wishes to be less conspicuous regarding their orthodontic treatment. Our team at Gulch Dental has helped numerous patients attain straighter, more dazzling teeth, often in a matter of months. This virtually invisible, removable teeth straightening method could be the solution for you. Read on to find out how you can smile and laugh with confidence, all while undergoing orthodontic treatment.
The Initial Consultation
The first step in your Invisalign® treatment process is the initial consultation. During your examination, your teeth and gums will be assessed, and x-rays will be taken. These are routine steps to make sure you are in good oral health. Before proceeding with any orthodontic treatment, it is important to make sure you do not have more serious dental issues going on, such as tooth decay or gum disease.
If there are severe orthodontic issues present, the doctor may recommend alternative treatment. However, if you have tooth crowding, gaps between the teeth, an overbite, underbite, open bite, or crossbite, then you may be a good candidate for Invisalign®.
Customized Treatment Plan
If Dr. Newman determines that you qualify for Invisalign® treatment, he will design a fully customized treatment plan that will address your specific needs. Impressions will be taken of your teeth, and will be sent to a trusted dental lab for the fabrication of your trays. Each aligner will be crafted meticulously from BPA-free plastic, with the purpose of moving your teeth into their desired positions quickly, effectively, and safely.
The Invisalign® Treatment Timeline
Once your Invisalign® trays arrive from the lab, treatment can begin. We will schedule you for an appointment in our office to try on your first aligner and discuss instructions in detail. You will wear your first set of trays for two weeks, removing them only to eat, brush, and floss. While you will be able to remove them occasionally for special events, it is imperative that you wear them as much as possible. To achieve the most optimal results, they must be worn a minimum of 20 to 22 hours a day.
Approximately every two weeks, you will replace your current trays with the next aligners in the series. The slight differences in the trays will help your teeth move according to plan. We will see you every six weeks in our office to monitor your progress. Typically, Invisalign® treatment is completed in about one year. However, treatment length depends entirely on the severity of your orthodontic issue.
Learn More about Your Invisalign® Treatment Timeline
If you desire to straighten your teeth, but you want to avoid traditional orthodontic treatment, such as metal braces, Invisalign® could be right for you. Our team is always here to answer your questions and address any concerns you have regarding dental treatment. To learn more about Invisalign®, or to schedule an appointment, contact us online anytime, or call our office at (615) 913-5889.