Considering Invisalign? What To Expect During A Consultation

Looking to correct your misaligned teeth? If so, Invisalign may be the best option for you. Here is what to expect during a consultation.

Photos Will Be Taken Of Your Teeth

Be aware that one of the first things that a dentist is going to do is take photos of you and your teeth to get a good idea of what the alignment is. They will use a device that will spread your mouth open so that they can get a clear view of what your teeth look like in their current state. They may even place a mirror inside your mouth to capture images of your teeth from all possible angles. It is also normal to take a straight-on and profile view of your jaw to record what the shape is like.

An Impression May Be Taken Of Your Teeth

It is likely that the dentist will also want to take an impression of your teeth during the consultation so that they have all the necessary information ready to go if you decide to move forward with Invisalign. The impression can be taken in one of two ways. You may be asked to bite down on a mold that will leave an impression of the current shape of your teeth. Another way to do it is to use a specialized camera that takes photos of each individual tooth. Either method will work for taking the necessary impression of the position of your teeth. 

You Will Receive An Estimate Of How Long The Process Will Take

The Invisalign process will take many months to get your teeth into the correct position, and any stories you read online are purely anecdotal. That's why the dentist will tell you how long they think the Invisalign process will take to get your teeth into the right position. They'll have a good idea after seeing your teeth and estimating what kind of adjustments need to be made.

You May Be Told That Attachments Are Necessary

One part of the Invisalign process you may not be aware of are attachments, which are pieces of dental bonding material that are attached to your teeth and that help the alignment trays stay in place during the treatment process. They are not always necessary with Invisalign, but your dentist will let you know if they think you will need to have attachments put on your teeth. This is to help make you aware so you're not caught off guard when it is necessary.

To learn more about Invisalign, contact a dentist.

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