With every invisalign in Prosper, Bodie Orthodontics use powerful technologies including computer modeling and computer-assisted manufacturing, to gradually and precisely align your teeth. Since we strive to serve you with the best satisfaction possible, we also expect our patients to play the key role with all their sincerity. Your level of commitment to your treatment can affect the quality and timeliness of your results. With all our experience with number of patients over the last years, we would like to share 6 essential tips to help you maximize the value of your investment and get the best results from your Invisalign treatment.
- Always wear your aligners: With any good habit, it takes time to adopt and adjust to changes in your daily routine. Fortunately, many of our patients tell us that after only a week or two of full-time wear, they are actually more comfortable with the aligners in than out. Full-time wear means wearing your aligners for at least 22 hours a day. You should only remove them for a total of 2 hours per day to eat, drink, and brush your teeth. You will know your teeth movements are progressing well when each new set of aligners fits comfortably on your teeth. In contrast, lack of full-time wear can cause each aligner to fit progressively worse.
- Chew chewies: The best results from your Invisalign in McKinney are obtained when your teeth fit perfectly in each aligner before you move on to the next. You know your aligners are not fitting well when there are air gaps between your teeth and the aligner. If you notice these gaps, we recommend using “chewies” which are small cylindrical cushions made of a plastic-like material called Styrene Copolymer. By biting down on chewies a few times a day for 5-10 minutes at a time, you will help seat the aligner.
- Attachments should be embraced: Invisalign treatment plans are composed of more than just the aligners. To maximize the effectiveness of the aligners, we strategically place attachments on specific teeth. Attachments are small tooth-colored dots of white filling material called dental bonding. Since aligners are removable, they can slip when trying to make certain movements. In these situations, attachments are used as an anchor to help the aligners get a better grip on your teeth.
- IPR is important: Depending on the current arrangement of your teeth and the movement needed to create your perfect smile, we may need to perform interproximal reduction (IPR), which is gentle sanding in between teeth to create more space. The computer modeling tool we use identifies where we need more space for alignment or for the occlusion (bite). It also tells us exactly how much is needed. You can rest assured that IPR is a very safe procedure that gives your teeth the room they need to move into their ideal positions.