Invisalign® comes in a series of thermoplastic trays, each of which stays in place for about two weeks before being changed to a tighter tray to gradually move your teeth. When it’s time for a new one, you will be able to remove the old tray and insert the new one yourself.
A set consists of about three to four trays at a time, and when you’re on the last one, you will need to make an appointment to have your dentist examine your teeth to ensure they’ve moved enough to go onto the next set. If they haven’t, then the dentist will need to take new impressions of your teeth to get you a set of refinement trays.
Refinement trays, which Invisalign® includes in the total price of the aligners, will finish moving your teeth into place before you move onto the next set of trays. Each tray stays in your mouth for about 22 hours a day, so you can remove them to eat and brush your teeth.
When you finish wearing the last set of aligners, a retainer will need to go onto your teeth to complete the straightening process. When you come to Dipika T Shah, DDS, LLC in Holmdel to get your teeth straightened, our dentists, who are well-trained in how Invisalign® aligners work, will discuss the process and help you get started on improving your teeth to create a gorgeous smile.
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