We often get the question, I already paid for my aligners, why can’t I have all my aligners at once? This makes sense in theory however the missing link is this: your Invisalign treatment is more than a stack of plastic aligner trays. You are paying for your dentist’s training, experience, and expertise in moving your teeth using these aligners. Each aligner moves teeth to specified locations and this movement needs to be closely tracked by your provider. What happens during these aligner visits? It allows your dentist to check the following:

Here are many of the negative outcomes that can occur when a patient proceeds with Invisalign, or any clear aligner system, unsupervised.

There may be extenuating circumstances that prevent you from coming to your dental appointment for an aligner check. It is important to continue with the treatment plan and schedule that your provider has created for you and moving forward only under direct supervision. Should you try to keep to your schedule and wear your aligners without having aligner checks, you may inadvertently be extending your treatment plan by unknowingly continuing to wear ill-fitting aligners.

Virtual Invisalign Aligner Checks:

This can occur with specific treatment plan types and this will be communicated to you by your provider. If you require interproximal polishing or close monitoring of difficult to move teeth, this is not an option.

It is important to communicate to your provider the status of your current set of Invisalign aligners. Photos are the best method as Zoom, FaceTime, and Google Hangouts can appear pixelated.

Requirements of acceptable photos:


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EXAMPLE PHOTOS


Images need to be clear (not blurry) and as close to these angles as possible.Lips should be off the teethTeeth level to the horizontal planeMouth needs to be open enough to show space between the top and bottom teeth

Images need to be clear (not blurry) and as close to these angles as possible.

  • Lips should be off the teeth

  • Teeth level to the horizontal plane

  • Mouth needs to be open enough to show space between the top and bottom teeth