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Virtual Care and Virtual Consult
Many people are accomplishing more tasks remotely these days, for many reasons. You may want to have virtual care to minimize exposure to germs. It may take you considerable time to drive to your local dentist. You may have a difficult work schedule that stops you from meeting during the regular work day. Or you may prefer virtual tasks for many other reasons.
That’s why family dentist Dr. Vanama offers virtual care for Invisalign braces. Using Invisalign’s technology platform, we can now help you keep up with clear braces appointments from anywhere with an internet connection!
How Does Virtual Care Work?
The Invisalign company has worked diligently during 2020 to release their virtual appointment and virtual care services, which we are now able to use at our dental clinic here in Issaquah, Washington. We are happy to offer remote checkups during the Invisalign process—this means fewer appointments and more convenience for you throughout your treatment.
Virtual care is also compliant with HIPAA laws to protect your private information. This is one of the many reasons Invisalign reviews are so positive—and why Invisalign clear braces often wins in Invisalign vs. braces comparisons.
How Can Dentistry Happen Remotely?
General dentistry, in which we physically clean or fix your teeth, cannot be performed virtually. But for your Invisalign clear aligners treatment, your local orthodontist who is treating you through your clear aligners simply needs to check your progress against your treatment plan.
There are no wires for Dr. Vanama to tighten to continue your treatment—you simply switch to the next set of aligners that you already have at home!
The Virtual Consultation Process
After you search for “Invisalign near me,” have your in-person consultation with Dr. Vanama, and then pick up your clear aligners, here’s how you’ll participate in digital dentistry remotely:
Take Progress Pictures and Videos
You’ll take pictures and videos of your teeth on a regular schedule and upload them through your Invisalign app—your app will remind you when to do this. Your Invisalign dentist will see how much your teeth have moved and give recommendations just as well as if you physically visited our dentist office.
Every time you switch to a new set of aligners, your Invisalign doctor needs just a single video of your smile and three pictures:
- A video of your teeth while wearing your invisible braces and using cheek retractors.
- A picture of your smile with your bite open, wearing aligners and using cheek retractors.
- A picture of your smile with no aligners or cheek retractors.
- A picture of your teeth with a closed bite, with no aligners, but using cheek retractors.
With these different types of pictures, holistic dentist Dr. Vanama will be able to see how your bite is improving and your teeth are moving. This gives us a thorough survey of your Invisalign results. And it gives you the confidence that an experienced dentist is guiding your treatment.
We give you cheek retractors that will help you take pictures that show all of your teeth. This is a benefit to you, because higher-quality photos help your dentist to see your progress better and make sure you are on track. Plus, it’s difficult to hold your phone and take pictures of all your teeth at the same time without cheek retractors.
If you lose your cheek retractors or need a quick way to retract your cheeks, we may recommend you use a couple of spoons as a temporary workaround. But talk to us first before you try anything!Book your FREE Invisalign® consultation
Most of the time, if your treatment is going according to plan, the feedback you will receive through your app will simply say “On track.” That means that you have been wearing your aligners enough and that your teeth are moving as expected in your personalized plan. You can just keep doing what you have now made your routine.
You might sometimes receive the message “Instructions.” This just means that an adjustment to your routine is needed, which will help you get the brilliant smile you want. For example, you might need to wear your aligners for another hour or two per day. You can use the “Update Settings” button in the Invisalign app if you need to change the times you wear your aligners.
You can also use the “wear timer” in your Invisalign app. This helps you stay accountable and make progress toward your own goal of an ideal smile. It will show you if you need to tweak your routine, and it will send your wear time to your dentist.
The appointment tracker feature can help you remember any appointments. You can also use the social features to show your social circle how much progress you’re making and create before and after pictures.
Are you ready for a Beautiful New Smile? See Us for Your FREE Invisalign Virtual Consultation Today!
Are you excited to start your smile design dentistry? We can give you a FREE Invisalign consultation at Discovery Dental. We’ll listen to your goals and check your oral health to see if you’re an ideal candidate. If you are, we can scan your teeth to create your sets of custom aligners. We can also discuss Invisalign costs, so you know what to expect.
You’ll pick up your aligners in our local dentist office, but after that, we’ll switch to virtual care, if you need it. Call us now to get an appointment or schedule your virtual consult and start on the path to greater confidence in your smile!