Invisalign is now widely used and seen as an integral part of orthodontic treatment especially for adults. But what really gets you the results you want, and in the most effective time, is the treatment plan.
Whether its braces or Invisalign, a well developed treatment plan, that is successfully implemented, will ensure you get great results at the end of treatment, and in the most time efficient manner. This means that your teeth aren’t moved too quickly over the course of treatment, causing teeth to relapse into their former position (because shift happens), while also making sure that the function and relationship of your mouth, teeth and jaw are spot-on as well. Invisalign is the product, while the treatment plan shapes your results.
With Invisalign you often hear about refinement. Refinement is the opportunity to correct any imperfections from the initial treatment plan with continued use of more aligners. Orthodontists will limit the use of refinement, and would rather lengthen your initial treatment, rather than go through refinement, so that you finish treatment on time and with the results you want. Sometimes refinement is unavoidable, if you have not been keeping the aligners on the required 22 hours a day, the aligners have not seated on the teeth correctly during treatment, and there can always be teeth which are more stubborn than others, they will need some more guidance through refinement.
So while refinement doesn’t sound too bad, you will:
- Need to have either a new scan or impressions taken
- Review your treatment plan and results
- Wear the last aligner for a further 4 weeks
- Wait 3-4 weeks for the aligners to arrive
- And finally begin your refinement (which can be as short as 6 weeks but is usually longer!)
So it all comes down to your treatment plan, and an orthodontist who only straightens teeth, whether it is with Invisalign or braces, knows the importance of the treatment plan, and implementing it correctly. It’s what they do everyday and makes the value of seeing a specialist orthodontist, and not a dentist, so much more important.