After your initial delivery of Invisalign, your appointments throughout treatment will consist of “checks” or “scans” that will take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes.
A “check” appointment is scheduled periodically between changing of aligners so the doctor is able to monitor progress and perform any changes needed for tooth movement.
A “scan” appointment is scheduled to update your digital impression and allow the doctor to make any adjustments to continue with progress.
Stay on time with the changing of each aligner. The number of aligners you receive at each appointment depend on when the doctor needs to see you. The exact number of aligners we give you are chosen for very specific reasons because of what must be performed at your next office visit.
EXAMPLE: If you were expected to be in aligner #8 at your office visit because re-contouring is planned, but you are only in aligner #6, we may have to reschedule. However, if you did not have your aligners in for 20 hours/day for 7 days, do not force it and move ahead. Simply call us and reschedule your appointment until you are in the proper aligner, no problem.
Make sure to have the last aligner with you and on your teeth when you come to each appointment. First, you should ALWAYS have your aligners with you if you plan to get 20 hours :). Second, our doctors must ensure that your current aligner is fitting well before moving on to the next aligners.