Since its availability within the dental industry, the clear aligner teeth correcting system has become a reliable treatment option for many of our patients. Our dental practitioners at Munro Hall Clinic find patients very eager to try Invisalign in Bedford in the quest for a more attractive smile.
While Invisalign in Bedford has provided a significant number of our patients with desirable outcomes in attaining their facial aesthetics goals, there are those patients who experience a few challenges with tracking the movement of their teeth. Should patients experience any stumbling blocks in their treatment plan, we advise them to get in touch with our dental practitioners so that we can get them back on track.
Understanding teeth tracking with removable clear aligners
Patients on the Invisalign in Bedford treatment plan are provided with a predetermined number of clear aligner trays that work to move or reposition teeth to produce a desired outcome. This is a gradual process, as it is not possible for teeth to be corrected overnight. In order to be realigned, teeth require a certain amount of pressure or force to be applied over a certain period of time. Each aligner tray in the treatment plan is designed to apply this pressure to teeth and as a result, teeth are moved.
A contributing factor to the success of this orthodontic system is the software that it relies on. Invisalign software is responsible for working out the complicated adjustments that are involved in tooth movement, however, sometimes due to a number of variables, a treatment plan may not work out initially and the plan may need to be adjusted.
Some of the reasons for an Invisalign treatment plan not tracking include; not enough space in the mouth to allow teeth to move, patients not wearing the aligners tray for the recommended number of hours and patients neglecting to clean trays according to their dentist’s guidelines.
3 Common signs that teeth tracking may not be working
The following signs are helpful for patients who want to know whether their treatment plan is on schedule. If they experience problems they can seek further dental help to ensure their teeth straightening process continues in the right direction.
- The new aligner tray does not fit properly over the teeth
One of the first symptoms that there is a problem with the treatment plan is aligners that fit poorly. When it is time to change to a new aligner tray, the fit should not present any problems – it should slip into the mouth seamlessly. A common reason for this problem is that a patient has not worn the trays according to their treatment schedule.
- Patients skip out on dental appointments
When patients miss a number of dental visits or they extend the length of time between appointments, this can adversely impact their treatment plan. It is important that our dentists monitor a patient’s treatment plan in order to stay ahead of potential problems and implement timely measures if there is a concern.
- Patients are not completely honest about their oral hygiene practices
Patients often misrepresent the truth about their dental hygiene habits or make excuses for neglecting to follow instructions.
An effective Invisalign treatment plan requires a hundred per cent compliance from patients. Anything less may result in problems with teeth tracking. For more information on compliance please consult with one of our dentists at Munro Hall Clinic.