With the advent of modern dentistry, there are various options in correcting the alignment of your teeth which means that you won’t be tied to wearing traditional braces. One of the benefits of Invisalign compared to braces is that these are nearly invisible to the naked eye but can still do the job of straightening the alignment of the teeth effectively. Learn more about bite alignment.
Have you decided that this will be your treatment? Then keep on reading to help you avoid these common mistakes:
Not Seeing the Right Specialist
When it comes to this type of dental treatment, you don’t go to a general dentist and expect to get the best results. The only specialist qualified for this treatment is an orthodontist who has completed special training and education in Invisalign.
Not Doing Your Research
Before making an appointment, you need to be well informed and this is where you should have done your intensive research about Invisalign. When you are knowledgeable about this treatment, you’ll feel better during the consultation as you’ll know exactly what your orthodontist is talking about. You can also ask questions, but make sure to write down your questions before asking them. Request for the before and after photos of his or her work. Sometimes it’s not about how many patients the orthodontist has treated; it’s the quality of their work that matters.
You do not Understand the Invisalign Ranking System
Now that you are looking for the right orthodontist to perform the treatment, you noticed that there is an accreditation associated with the specialist you are interested in. What these are is Invisalign’s ranking system. The ranks are based on the number of patients the orthodontist has treated with Invisalign aligners. The ranking is as follows: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond and VIP. There is also a ranking with a plus in the title – this shows that they are more experienced within their level. When you seek a VIP Diamond Plus orthodontist, expect the best results.
Not Wearing Your Aligners for the Required Time Frame
What is great about these aligners is that you can take them out when you eat or clean your teeth. You also won’t worry about these breaking your mouth when playing sports as all you have to do is take it out. But it is important to wear the aligners for at least 20 hours per day. Do not skip a day without wearing it because the teeth can shift back which will increase the treatment time. It is also more expensive since the subsequent aligners will no longer work and you’ll need a new set.
Expecting it to work Overnight
There are a lot of reasons patients love this orthodontic treatment. However, even if it is a more modern solution to traditional braces, do not expect it to work overnight. There are various stages that your teeth will have to undergo before it can straighten your teeth. The average treatment time is from six to twelve months, but it is possible that you’ll notice minor changes in your teeth every day. It is possible that your teeth will improve, but that doesn’t mean that you’ll have to stop wearing them. Consult your orthodontist first to find out if you are safe not to wear these aligners anymore.
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