Having crooked teeth, overbites, or related dental issues used to mean it was time to get braces. The braces were generally made of metal and your options were fairly limited. There have been many advancements in dental health and treatments to expand what options are available when braces are needed. One of these options is to use invisible braces and their treatment plans. Here are some of the steps to this process and what you should consider before getting them.
Preparing for the Braces
The first step in the process of using invisible braces and the treatment is for your family dentist to prepare you for the aligners. Aligners will fit over your top and bottom teeth and be used to help align your teeth gradually. In order to prepare for this treatment, you will need to have x-rays done. This will show where the issues are and what type of alignment you will need. Once the x-rays are done, your dentist will also take impressions of the teeth. This is a common step in procedures dealing with braces, dentures, and other dental treatments. This appointment may take the longest amount of time due to the steps involved of ensuring that your aligners are a good fit and the proper aligners are ordered.
The alignment appointment will take place after your aligners arrive in the office. This can take several weeks depending on what you need and the severity of the treatment plan needed. Your dentist will show you how to use the aligners and what order to place them in. They will also discuss with you if there are any adjustments that need to be made. During the alignment appointment, you will also be informed how to take care of the aligners.
Following your alignment appointment, you will have other appointments to check on the treatment progress. These maintenance appointments will consist of determining how well your teeth are working with the aligners and if there are any changes you need to make. Your treatment plan will be adjusted as needed. You may also face having new aligners as your teeth progress.
When you are ready to make your choice about braces and if you want to use invisible options, contact your family dentist. They can help you with understanding the process. They can also determine how long you will need to use them. Your family dentist will develop an ongoing treatment plan related to the braces you choose.Share
19 April 2022
When the bottled water craze began, I jumped on the bandwagon with everyone else who was drinking water from bottles instead of from the tap. I wasn't sure why bottled water was healthier, but I liked the taste. When I went for my next dental check-up, I had my first cavity in a while, so I had it filled and didn't think much of it. Well, I had two more during my next check-up after that, and I began trying to think of why my teeth were suddenly going bad. The only change in my habits was the switch to bottled water, so I made the switch back to tap water and my teeth began to improve. I created this blog to encourage others who have begun getting cavities suddenly to look into their changes in habits. They may find they made a change similar to mine.