If you decide you would like to complete this treatment after our initial consultation, we would begin by either making impressions of your teeth or by completing an intra-oral scan in our office. Following this appointment, we will establish a custom treatment plan created just for you! We will discuss the goals of this treatment and the length of time your treatment will likely take.
You will receive your first set of trays and they will feel a little tight in the beginning…after all, we are relying on the trays applying pressure to your teeth in order to move the teeth in the correct position. It is common to experience a little discomfort for the first few days wearing a tray. Your teeth will have to get used to the pressure being applied to them and your soft tissue (gums) will have to get used to having a foreign material in your mouth. You also may experience a slight lisp for the first few days wearing your trays while your mouth and tongue get used to the trays. This lisp will go away with time.
Next, you will go through a series of trays until we reach completion. In order for the treatment to proceed as planned, it is very important that you wear the trays 22 hours/day, only taking the trays out to eat, drink, or brush and floss your teeth. We will typically give you two sets of trays each visit. You will wear the first set of trays for 2 weeks and then after 2 weeks, you will wear the second set of trays we gave you for 2 weeks. After that time has passed, you will come back to our office for your next set of trays. Plan on coming back to our office every 4-6 weeks for us to evaluate the teeth and make sure they are moving as planned.
Throughout your treatment, we may have to use certain techniques to move teeth in their desired position. This may include placing “buttons” on your teeth or completing interproximal reduction. “Buttons” is the term for small attachments of tooth-colored filling material on the front part of your teeth in order to move the teeth. They are not very noticeable and will be removed when you complete the treatment. Interproximal reduction is a technique used to create space by using “sandpaper strips” or “sandpaper discs” in between the teeth. Both of these methods are safe and effective for moving teeth in certain positions.