Now that you know what goes on before the clear aligner treatment starts, and once you are satisfied with the treatment plan and decide to start the treatment. The next step would be preparing your custom aligners.
Creating your clear aligners
After you approve your bespoke treatment plan, our team will start the production of your clear aligners using 3D printing technology and totally transparent biocompatible material. Once the production is finished, the clear aligners will be sent to your orthodontist. You will be notified, and after that you should book your “Fit my Aligners” session to make sure they fit perfectly.
At the “Fit my Aligners” session
At the “Fit my Aligners” session, your orthodontist will make all the necessary steps needed to yield the best outcome. This starts with the cleaning and preparation of your teeth in order to start your treatment with your teeth in a healthy and perfect condition. If Interproximal Reduction (IPR) is required then this will be performed at the beginning of your treatment. IPR is when the edges of your teeth are minimally reduced to create more space and allow for perfect future alignment. If IPR is required, then this will be performed. We only use IPR when absolutely necessary and you will be notified before the treatment starts if this is a requirement.
Attachments may also be required to help achieve your clear aligner treatment goals. Attachments are small pieces of composite material which are temporarily glued to your teeth. The composite material is the same color as your teeth so it is very hard to see. The attachments act as anchors on the teeth helping our aligners to perform some of the more challenging tooth movements. Like IPR, attachments are only used when required, and you will be informed ahead of the treatment if they are required. Although attachments are optional, they are strongly recommended for best results because they allow the clear aligners to exert certain forces and help us make certain movements.
The orthodontist will then place your aligners on your teeth and make sure they are fitting correctly. He or she will show you how to place them in the right manner on and off, and give you tips on how to keep them clean.
First three days after receiving your aligners
After this Fit my Aligner appointment, the first three days are the most important, thus you need to wear your clear aligners for a minimum of 20 hrs. per day. During those three days the transparent plastic is at its most efficient. In fact, the majority of the teeth movement takes place in these first three days. For that reason when you change your aligners you might feel some small discomfort for the first three days. After those three days, your teeth are pretty much in the new position, and the clear aligners work on maintaining that position. Afterwards, you can continue your treatment changing your clear aligners every two weeks.
Our remote dentistry team will remain in close contact with you to check your progress and remind you when it is time to change your aligners. We recommend you book a consultation with the orthodontist every four to six weeks depending on the progress of your treatment.
Now that you have a closer look at your clear aligner treatment plan and all the processes you would go through. You should have a better vision of the treatment, and can set clear expectations. Our team will always be there to assist you all throughout your treatment. If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us. We would be happy to serve you.