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The Procedure of Invisalign at Moray Orthodontics

Learn how this discreet, modern treatment straightens your teeth comfortably and efficiently. Discover what the process involves!

Phase 1: Consultation and Planning

Initial Consultation

Your Invisalign journey begins with an initial consultation with our orthodontist at Moray Orthodontics. During this visit, the orthodontist will assess your dental health, discuss your smile goals, and determine if Invisalign is the right option for you. You’ll have the chance to ask questions and learn more about the process.

Diagnostic Evaluation

Once you’ve decided to proceed, the orthodontist will conduct a thorough diagnostic evaluation of your teeth and mouth. This may include taking X-rays, digital photographs, and impressions of your teeth. These diagnostics help your orthodontist understand your unique dental structure and create a tailored treatment plan.

3D Imaging and Treatment Planning

The diagnostic data collected during the evaluation is used to create a 3D model of your teeth. The orthodontist uses advanced software to design a customised treatment plan that outlines the movements your teeth will undergo during the Invisalign process. You’ll be able to see a digital preview of your future smile and understand each step of the treatment.

Customising Aligners

After finalising your treatment plan, the information is sent to the Invisalign laboratory, where your custom clear aligners are fabricated. These aligners are made to fit your teeth precisely, ensuring comfortable and effective tooth movement throughout the treatment. Once the aligners are ready, the orthodontist will provide you with the first set and detailed instructions on how to wear and care for them.

Phase 2: Active Treatment

Wearing Your Aligners

The active treatment phase begins when you start wearing your custom-made clear aligners. You’ll need to wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day, only removing them for eating, drinking (except water), brushing, and flossing. Consistent use of your aligners is crucial for achieving the desired results in the expected time frame.

Aligner Changes and Progress Monitoring

Typically, you’ll switch to a new set of aligners every one to two weeks, depending on your treatment plan. Our orthodontist will schedule regular check-up appointments to monitor your progress and ensure your teeth are shifting as planned. These appointments may include small adjustments to enhance treatment efficacy.

Managing Discomfort and Oral Hygiene

It’s normal to experience some discomfort or pressure when you switch to a new set of aligners, as your teeth begin to move. Over-the-counter pain relief may help, but the discomfort usually subsides after a few days. Maintaining excellent oral hygiene is essential during this phase—brush and floss regularly to keep your teeth and aligners clean.

Monitoring Treatment Progress

Throughout the active treatment phase, you’ll have regular appointments with your orthodontist to track your progress and make any necessary adjustments. These check-ins help ensure your teeth are moving according to plan and allow your orthodontist to address any concerns or questions you may have.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

While Invisalign is designed to be convenient and comfortable, you may encounter occasional issues like losing an aligner or experiencing excessive discomfort. Your orthodontist can guide you on how to handle these situations and keep your treatment on track. Always reach out for support if you encounter any problems.

Phase 3: After-Treatment Care

Wearing Retainers

Once your active Invisalign treatment is complete, you’ll transition into the after-treatment care phase. This involves wearing retainers to maintain your new smile and prevent your teeth from shifting back to their original positions. The orthodontist will prescribe the type and schedule of retainer wear best suited to your needs.

Types of Retainers

There are two main types of retainers: fixed and removable. Fixed retainers consist of a thin wire bonded to the back of your teeth, providing constant support. Removable retainers, on the other hand, are worn over your teeth and can be taken out for eating and oral hygiene. Your orthodontist will recommend the best option for you.

Adjusting to Retainer Wear

It may take some time to adjust to wearing retainers, particularly if you’re using removable ones. You might initially notice a change in your speech or some discomfort, but these effects should subside as you get used to the retainers. Consistent use as prescribed is essential for maintaining your smile.

Regular Check-Ups

Even though your active treatment is complete, regular check-ups with the orthodontist at Moray Orthodontics remain important. These appointments allow our orthodontist to ensure your retainers are fitting well and effectively maintaining your teeth alignment. Any issues with your retainer or alignment can be addressed during these visits.

Long-Term Smile Maintenance

Beyond wearing retainers, maintaining your smile long-term involves continued good oral hygiene practices and healthy habits. Brush and floss regularly, and visit your dentist for routine cleanings and exams. By taking care of your teeth and retainers, you can preserve your beautiful smile for years to come.

What Our Patients Are Saying

Norman Browne
Norman Browne
First class treatment
Jacob James Sutherland
Jacob James Sutherland
About a year into my treatment, very pleased with everything. Very polite and helpful staff. looking forward to seeing my teeth when my braces come off.

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Our Location in Moray

We are conveniently located at 89 High Street, Elgin IV30 1EA. Reaching us for your Invisalign treatment in Moray is straightforward, whether by car or public transportation. Ample parking is available in the nearby car parks.

Opening Hours

  • Mon: 09:00 – 17:00
  • Tue: 09:00 – 17:00
  • Wed: 09:00 – 17:00
  • Thu: 09:00 – 17:00
  • Fri: 09:00 – 17:00
  • Sat-Sun: Closed
  • Closed for lunch: 13:00 – 13:30