I recently moved out of state. I was in the middle of my Invisalign treatment. Before I left, my dentist provided me with the remainder of my aligners. Everything was a bit frenetic during the move and I missed switching one of my sets of aligners as I normally would. I have a couple of questions. First, did I mess everything up by forgetting to switch a set? Second, do I need to find another Invisalign dentist or can I go this on my own for the remainder of the treatment? I’d say I have about three months left.
Dear Catherine Anne,
Moving is hectic. The good news is people have to do this all the time during dental procedures and with some preparation, things can go very smoothly. Let’s start with your first question. Did you mess anything up? Provided that you kept wearing the Invisalign aligners even though you didn’t switch them out, you should be fine. You can just switch them out now and continue as you normally would from here. If you weren’t wearing your older set during the transition, then you may need an additional aligner to get things back on track.
Can You Finish Out on Your Own?
I can see your thinking here. You already have all your remaining aligners and are quite familiar with how the procedure works, so why do you need a dentist? The truth is you need an Invisalign dentist because the human body is unpredictable and sometimes does not follow the initial plan. When that happens adjustments have to be made. You’ll need a dentist for that.
The good news is it shouldn’t cost you too much. Not only do you have the remainder of your aligners but your previous dentist can give him all his notes and diagnostics.
A Second Benefit to Invisalign
In addition to straightening your teeth, did you know that your Invisalign aligners can double as teeth whitening trays? It is a quick and easy way to whiten your teeth with minimal expense. All you’d need to purchase is the professional whitening gel, which your dentist can provide for you. You simply wear it in your aligners for however long you want each day. Before you know it, your smile is straight AND white.
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