Getting Started with Invisalign
The first step for getting Invisalign is a scan of your teeth taken with our iTero scanner. The iTero is a wand–shaped digital camera that scans your teeth by taking thousands of photographs and lacing them together to create a highly accurate 3D image of your teeth. Because the iTero uses digital technology to photograph your teeth, it doesn’t require any radiation to produce the 3D image. Your orthodontist will then use this scan for your digital treatment planning and ordering your aligners.
Once your digital treatment planning is complete and your aligners are received, you will have an appointment with us to have them fitted and to have any attachments placed that are part of your treatment plan. One of our dental assistants will then spend some time with you after the appointment to show you how to put your aligners in, how to take them out, how to keep them clean, and what to expect during your Invisalign treatment. They will also share some great tips and tricks with you.
What to expect
When you first get your Invisalign 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 your aligners.
In the first few days after changing to a new aligner, you may notice the aligner is particularly tight and there may be some discomfort. This will settle after a few days as your teeth move into their new positions. If you are having a little trouble removing a tight aligner, please see the video below for some tips on removing aligners.
If you find that your aligner has rough edges near the gum line, you can gently file the rough edge with an emery board. Avoid filing too much though, as the aligners have creases, bumps, and ridges that have all been placed there as a result of your orthodontist’s digital treatment plan.
It is important that you use your chewies as directed in order to “seat” your aligners in the correct position, optimising tooth movement and ensuring treatment is as fast as possible.
Aim to wear your aligners for 22 hours per day. Just take them out to eat, when drinking hot fluids or any fluids that may have a strong colour, and when brushing your teeth. For the best and most timely treatment results, always follow your orthodontist’s instructions. Change your aligners on the prescribed date. However, if you feel that you have not achieved the hours of wear needed, wear the aligner for a couple of extra days.
Attachments help guide the tooth movement. Check your aligner regularly to ensure that the number of attachments on your teeth is the same as the number of attachment bubbles on your aligner. If an attachment has fallen off, call us and we will advise you when to come in to the practice and have the attachment replaced.
Coming in for your appointments
When you come in for your appointment you can simply sign in on the computer (Belconnen) or let our receptionist know that you’ve arrived. We ask that you arrive on time or preferably early for your appointments. If you are going to be five minutes late (or more), please call us as we may need to reschedule. However, we will try our best to see you. Likewise, if you have lost an attachment we need to know prior to the appointment to ensure we have the time to fix it. Appointment times vary depending on the type of appointment (eg. 10min, 15min, 30min etc).
We also have tooth brushing stations that you are welcome to use prior to your appointment.
Feel free to contact our friendly team if you have any questions regarding your Invisalign. We are more than happy to assist you along 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.