When it comes to orthodontic treatment, follow-up visits are essential to ensure that the treatment is progressing as planned. For Invisalign patients, this usually means visiting the orthodontist every four to six weeks. During these visits, your dentist will check that the aligners are doing their job properly and may provide you with new aligners that fit differently. At Remarkable Smiles of Issaquah, we recommend that our patients visit our office every few weeks during their treatment.
If you have braces, you should expect to see your orthodontist every four to eight weeks during treatment. During these appointments, the orthodontist will adjust the braces, tighten the cables, or replace them. They may also give you elastic bands for orthodontic appliances. Your orthodontist recommends scheduling regular appointments for one reason: to give you the smile you've always dreamed of having while keeping your teeth clean and healthy.
If your orthodontist decides that you're ready for an adjustment, they may tighten your braces or give you your next Invisalign mouthpiece. During the follow-up visit, which usually takes place one or two months after the end of treatment, the orthodontist will check if the teeth have moved from their optimal position. Regardless of the type of treatment you receive, your orthodontist will want you to visit them often enough so that they can guide, monitor and adjust your treatment. During Invisalign treatment, you'll normally visit the orthodontist every ten to twelve weeks.
Because the aligners are pre-designed by your orthodontist and you will have them at home, unlike traditional orthodontic appliances, the “activations” occur every time you switch to a new set of aligners.