20 Feb Invisalign: What happens after treatment is completed?
Invisalign is an innovative treatment used by a dentist to treat misaligned teeth in order to provide a more aesthetically pleasing smile. Invisalign can also be used to treat and correct dental inadequacies, such as over and underbites, and malocclusions.
Invisalign treatment involves a patient wearing a series of clear dental aligners that move specific teeth in small intervals over a period of weeks.
Typically, each aligner is worn for approximately two weeks; each one in the series moves specific teeth towards the end goal, which can be mapped in a virtual 3D model, allowing the patient to see the progress of their treatment. [pullquote]Invisalign treatment involves a patient wearing a series of clear dental aligners that move specific teeth in small intervals over a period of weeks.[/pullquote]
Once treatment has been completed, the teeth will naturally seek to move back into their native position. After all, the treatment the patient has undergone has moved the teeth out of their original alignment and so the sensation of teeth shifting back is not uncommon at the end of Invisalign treatment.
As time progresses, the jawbone tissue around the teeth will begin to thicken and increase in density. This helps to hold the teeth in their new position, but the support given is often not enough on its own to prevent the teeth from seeking to move and shift. As a result, the dentist who has overseen the person’s treatment will often recommend that the final aligner used in the Invisalign treatment, or some other form of support, be worn in order to keep the newly aligned teeth in place, and so safeguard the person’s new, attractive smile.
To find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign treatment and to learn more about the process, contact the office of Dr. Paul Lounsberry to schedule your professional consultation today.