What to expect at an Invisalign appointment
My child is receiving complimentary Invisalign® treatment, but all opinions expressed are my (and her) own. Going for an Invisalign appointment happens about every 10-12 weeks for us.
Upon arrival, we check in, my teen goes to brush her teeth, and then she’s seated in one of the orthodontist chairs.
An orthodontial assistant comes to check her in, brings her next sets of clear aligners over and checks in to see how things have been going for her, and if she’s got any questions.
Next, the orthodontist will review the treatment plan, previous visit chart notes, and check things out in her mouth.
For some appointments, we are in and out in very little time. Her mouth is checked, she gets a new box with about 10 sets of clear aligners, and we’re on our way with a new appointment date.
Depending on where they are in the treatment plan, some of the Invisalign SmartForce attachments (we call them buttons) may need to be moved, added or removed in order to continue treatment as it is outlined.
The SmartForce Invisalign attachments help aligners apply the right amount of force for the aligners to make the necessary corrections as called for in the treatment plan.
These are applied very similar to how “regular” brackets are applied, and then sealed. The attachments are tooth colored and the clear aligners fit right over them.
That’s it, pretty easy. I think my daughter actually likes getting the attachments on because she knows that treatment is progressing and each change like this means she’s a step closer to having that (more) beautiful smile!
Sometimes, we have a longer appointment, and there are scans taken of her mouth, along with new photos. Those are MY favorites, because the mouth separator is used, and those are funny to see/watch/listen to!
Having had traditional braces myself, I can tell you that the appointments for those wearing Invisalign are generally less painful for kids and adults alike- there isn’t a tightening of wires, or springs placed between brackets. Plus, the appointments are less frequent!
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I have a consult soon. I hope that I am a good candidate for it!
oh, good luck to you! we see folks of all ages at visits with Invisalign- male and female. so I think am projecting it to the world it will be a yes
Jennifer Soltys says
I’m so glad you shared this. I’ve always wondered about Invisalign. Seriously considering it for myself!!
How is she so old already!! Our kids were just babies!! We’ve been looking into braces for my oldest, too. Thanks for all the info!
Millie Hue says
I like that one of the first things a patient must do is to brush their teeth before getting checked. That is really sanitary since you will get your teeth cleaned first before a dentist looks at your teeth. It will also be comfortable for anyone since the transport to the clinic might already affect your breath especially when you eat on the way. I will keep that in mind when I have found a dentist I can trust to attach braces on my crooked teeth.
It’s a great way to sneak an extra brushing in for kids- but probably also helps the assistants and doctors so they don’t have stinky breath in their faces all day too 😉
Kristine Nicole Alessandra says
My sister’s daughter had her teeth aligned this way. It was so much different than those days when we had the traditional braces and being teased as “metal mouth.” I would readily recommend Invisalign to friends and family.
Annemarie LeBlanc says
This is awesome. One of my nieces would need braces really soon. I will let my cousin know about this. It would make my niece’s anxiety go away. Invisalign is such a great option to have that beautiful smile.
Ruth I says
Aligning teeth without braces? That sounds really awesome. I love how technology is getting so much better now.
Celebrate Woman Today says
Such a helpful and supportive information for all those who want to undergo the Invisalign procedure. Awesome post for both kids and grown-ups.
My daughter needs to have some teeth shifted around so we have been considering these as her orthodontic option.
Thanks for all these details. I am thinking about an Invisalign treatment for my child.
I have heard great things about Invisalign. Nobody in our household has needed braces but if they did we would definitely go this route.
Brianne Manz says
This sounds like such a great idea vs braces. If one of my children end up needing dental correction I will definitely check into Invisalign. Thank you for all of the great information on what to expect.
Kerrie Mendoza says
I bet my niece would have loved to have had a service like Invisalign when she got braces. It doesn’t seem to me that you have the pain and discomfort that traditional braces have.
It’s far less, plus you don’t have restrictions on food!
It is so amazing that they can align teeth without braces these days. I wish this had been around when I was a teenager.
Amy H says
I never realized the importance of the buttons for the invisalign. I remember my stepdaughter mentioning that she had buttons on her teeth – I thought they were just placed to keep the aligners in place.