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Getting started with Invisalign® treatment

To start Invisalign® treatment at Embrace, the first step is to come in for your free Invisalign® assessment for a scan with our iTero scanner. Your orthodontist will use this scan to create your custom treatment plan and design your aligners.

Once your digital treatment planning is complete and your aligners have been received, we will schedule a fitting appointment with you and add tooth-coloured attachments to your teeth as needed in your treatment plan.

What to expect after fitting

After your aligners have been fitted, one of our dental assistants will show you how to take our and replace your aligners, as well as tips and tricks for keeping them clean. When you first get fitted with your Invisalign® clear aligners, you may notice a slight change in your speech. If you practice talking (or singing!) with your aligners in, your speech will quickly improve as you get used to them.

You may notice some tightness or discomfort in the first couple days of using a new set of aligner trays. This is normal and will subside after a few days as your teeth shift into their new positions.

If you find that your aligner has rough edges near the gum line, you can gently file them with an emery board. Avoid filing too much though, as the aligners have creases, bumps, and ridges that have been purposely placed there to guide your teeth into proper alignment.

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What happens during Invisalign® treatment

You should aim to wear your Invisalign® clear aligners for 22 hours per day throughout the treatment process. You should remove them for brushing, flossing and eating, as well as when drinking hot or coloured liquids, but should always remember to replace them when finished.

For the best treatment results, always follow your orthodontist’s instructions and change to a new set of aligners on the prescribed date. However, if you feel that you have not achieved the recommended hours of wear, you may wear your current set of aligners a couple extra days.

We also recommend using your chewies as directed to ‘seat’ your aligners in the correct position. This optimises your tooth movement and ensures treatment is as fast as possible.

If you have attachments to help guide your tooth movement, it’s important to keep track of them and ensure none of them have fallen off. If you notice one is missing, please notify our team so we can have the attachment replaced.

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Coming in for your appointments

When you come in for your appointment you can sign in on the computer (Belconnen) or let our receptionist know that you’ve arrived. Please arrive on time for your appointments, and please call us if you are going to be more than five minutes late, as we may need to reschedule.

If you have lost an attachment, we need to know prior to the appointment to ensure we have the adequate time to fix it. Appointment times vary depending on the type of appointment.

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Still have a question about Invisalign® treatment?

Our friendly team is very knowledgeable about Invisalign® clear aligners, please reach out to us so we can answer your questions and assist you in your orthodontic journey.

*Invisalign® aligners are a registered medical device, you should always read and follow the label as well as the instructions of your treating orthodontist.

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