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When Are Invisalign Refinements Necessary?

December 17, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — mymiltondentist @ 2:20 am

Woman in dentist’s chair holding a clear alignerIf you’ve invested in Invisalign to fix your bite and alignment, you’ve made a great decision. Your cosmetic dentist used state-of-the-art technology to map the movement of your teeth using clear aligners. Each aligner applies continual pressure to your teeth to move them in small increments. Invisalign offers predictable results, but complications can arise. If your teeth don’t move as predicted, your dentist may recommend refinements. Less than 6% of people require additional aligners after already beginning their treatment. There isn’t any reason to worry. Here are the benefits of Invisalign refinements.

What Are Invisalign Refinements?

Despite the latest technologies and orthodontic advancements, teeth don’t always move as predicted, which is why regular appointments with your dentist are important. They monitor the movement of your teeth to detect any issues while they are still small. If they find your teeth aren’t moving as anticipated, they may create additional aligners that will be worn between those you already have. The number of additional aligners needed varies from patient to patient. Although Invisalign refinements extend your treatment’s timeline, they are essential for ensuring the best results.

How to Prevent Needing Invisalign Refinements

You can lessen your risk of needing refinements by following a few simple tips:

  • Wear Your Aligners Long Enough: You must wear your aligners for at least 22 hours per day. You should only remove them when brushing, flossing, and eating or drinking. Wearing your aligners long enough will keep your treatment on track.
  • Change Your Aligners On Time: Your dentist will instruct you to change your aligners every 1-2 weeks, depending on your treatment plan. Changing your aligners too soon won’t give your teeth enough time to move, which can cause pain and other complications. Wearing your aligners for too long will add delays to your treatment. Set a reminder on your phone to ensure you switch to the next set in your series on time.
  • Maintain Your Check-in Appointments: Although you don’t need appointments for adjustments, you must still see your dentist every few weeks. Checking in with your dentist allows them to monitor your progression and make any necessary modifications.

Following your dentist’s instructions and committing to your treatment plan will help you avoid preventable complications along the way. Don’t fret if you need Invisalign refinements. They’ll bring you one step closer to a straight, stunning smile. 

About Dr. Rania Arif

Dr. Arif earned her dental degree at the Western University of Health Sciences and has regularly continued her education in many specialties, like Invisalign and cosmetic dentistry. She is a proud member of many professional organizations, including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Arif will create a beautiful, healthy smile that you’ll be proud of. Request an appointment through her website or call (617) 644-4616.

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