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Den's Dental Blog

Hello! My name is Den. This blog is going to cover a range of dental topics. I am not a dentist or a dental nurse but I have recently undergone a lot of dental treatment. This treatment has given me a great insight into the world of dentistry and I would like to share everything I have learnt with you here. Last year, I developed terrible pain in my mouth. I was diagnosed with severe tooth decay. The dentist removed the problem teeth and then inserted false ones in their place. He also whitened my teeth to improve my smile. I hope you find my blog useful.


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5 Steps to Expect When Getting Invisalign Braces

by Myrtle Banks

Invisalign treatment can straighten your smile, correct an overbite, and even reduce crowding that puts your teeth at risk of decay. Unfortunately, many people are hesitant to ask their dentist about Invisalign because they aren't sure what is involved in the treatment process. Here are a few steps you can expect to go through after you decide to get Invisalign.

1. X-Rays

Before a dentist can create custom Invisalign aligners for you, they need to take x-rays to see how your teeth are currently sitting in the gums and how they will need to move to achieve a better alignment.

2. Photographs

Dentists take photographs of your teeth to get another view of their positions. Using the Invisalign software, they can use these photos to create a forecast of how the positions of your teeth will change during treatment. Take a look at the predicted final results to see the beautifully straight smile you can expect to achieve.

3. Moulded Impressions

Once your dentist has confirmed that aligners can move your teeth into the correct positions, they will use a soft putty to take impressions of your teeth. Biting down on the putty can feel strange, but it is not painful. The dentist will use these impressions of your teeth to create sets of aligners that are perfectly shaped to exert gentle pressure and therefore get your teeth to move.

4. Receiving Your First Aligners

Your first set of aligners should feel comfortable, although you might find the sensation of pressure on your teeth strange at first. If you experience pain, be sure to let your dentist know. Once you have your first aligners, it is time to get used to wearing them. For best results, wear your aligners overnight and for as many hours as possible during the day, although you should take them out for meals and to clean them daily.

5. Switching to New Aligners

In addition to your first set of aligners, your dentist will also give you many other sets and tell you when to switch to each one. Follow these instructions carefully. You'll also need to come back to the dentist for regular checkups so they can assess how well the aligners are succeeding in straightening your smile. Try not to skip any appointments; they're an important opportunity for your dentist to make tweaks to your treatment schedule to ensure you get the results you hope for.