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Why You Need a Dentist to Monitor Your Clear Aligner Therapy

Even Michael Jordan had a coach. Jordan is widely considered to be the greatest basketball player of all time. But even Jordan was mentored by some of the best coaches including Phil Jackson with the Chicago Bulls and Dean Smith as his college coach at North Carolina.

Dr. Brian Mitchell and his staff are your Invisalign treatment experts in Tucson. Clear aligner therapy is a modern approach to straightening teeth. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, “clear aligners are designed to move teeth a little at a time. The aligners are plastic replicas of your teeth. Wearing them puts gentle pressure on the teeth, ever-so-slightly repositioning them. Clear aligners are one of many technological advancements that have made orthodontic treatment less conspicuous and one of many ‘appliances’ orthodontists use to move teeth and align jaws to create a healthy, beautiful smile.”1

There are many reasons why you should consult a dentist to discuss your treatment planning for teeth straightening. The first is ensuring you have a proper fit with your clear aligner treatment. This initial consultation is also important to make sure you are a good candidate for this treatment. You will discover if you have any underlying dental problems such as gum disease, severe overbite, or a severely turned tooth that might call for a different treatment.

Dental monitoring is the second reason you should use a dentist to keep track of your progress and modify your treatment. “Like traditional braces, aligners are designed to move teeth a little at a time. Before treatment begins, the dentist will examine the patient, and take diagnostic records including x-rays, photographs, and impressions or digital scans of the teeth. From that information, the dentist can arrive at a diagnosis, and then work within the aligner software to design your smile and plan the treatment process – which tooth moves where, and in what order – guiding teeth into healthy positions.”2

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