How Many Refinements Do You Get with Invisalign?

23 Sep 2020 by  admin in Invisalign

woman clear aligners invisalignRefinements are a normal aspect of the Invisalign process; they are used to ensure that you are able to achieve the results that you and your dentist had planned for. While not everyone who uses Invisalign will require refinements, in some cases, a few minor tweaks and adjustments will be necessary.

Refinements are simply new sets of aligners. In most cases, only a few refinements are needed, and the cost is included in the overall price of your treatment. Here is what you need to know about refinements and how they affect your overall treatment.

How do Invisalign refinements work?

Invisalign is a succession of clear plastic aligners that you wear over your teeth, each different than the last. Over time, your teeth gradually shift in place, improving your smile. Every time you return to your dentist’s office to switch out your current set of aligners for a new one, your dentist will check on the progress of your teeth. Every patient responds differently to this treatment, and adjustments may be required to ensure the best results. If your teeth are not changing their position on schedule, then your dentist may recommend that you add refinements to your treatment.

How long does it take to get refinements?

When your dentist decides that refinements are needed, they will take a new 3D scan and new photographs of your teeth so that additional sets of aligners can be made for you. This means that there may be a slight delay in your Invisalign treatment while your new aligners are being manufactured and sent to you. However, this delay will not impact the effectiveness of the procedure. Once you have received your new sets of aligners, your treatment can proceed.

Will I have to pay extra for Invisalign refinements?

Refinements are generally regarded as part of your Invisalign treatment, allowing your dentist to put the final touches on your teeth. For that reason, your additional aligners usually do not cost extra. If you require more than a few new sets of aligners, then the cost may be adjusted accordingly. However, refinements typically require only a short extension of the overall Invisalign treatment process.

Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry is open and continues to welcome patients for all procedures, including cosmetic treatments and emergency services. We are taking all necessary precautions in order to keep our staff and our patients safe during the pandemic.

To learn more about the convenience and effectiveness of Invisalign, get in touch with us at our Rocky Point office today. We will be glad to set up a one-on-one consultation with you so you can find out more about your options for creating a bright, beautiful smile you will be proud to show off.

Additional Resources:

  1. Invisalign.com, Frequently Asked Questions, https://www.invisalign.com/frequently-asked-questions
  2. Colgate.com, What Do Invisalign Braces Cost? Are They Worth It?, https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/adult-orthodontics/what-do-invisalign-braces-cost-are-they-worth-it-0113
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