The “final perfecting” stage of clear aligner treatment

By Dr Daniel De Angelis
Adelaide’s Leading Specialist Orthodontist

What is refinement?

A question we commonly get is – what is refinement?

If you’re having clear aligner treatment such as Invisalign or Spark you might hear about the refinement stage towards the end of your treatment.

What is refinement?

Refinement is sometimes required in the last stages of clear aligner treatment to help the teeth achieve their ideal final positions.

It’s sometimes referred to as the “final perfecting” stage of clear aligner treatment. Especially if the aligners are no longer fitting as they should be.

Do I need it?

A refinement period is very common but not all patients need it. It doesn’t mean the treatment wasn’t done successfully.

I usually know towards the end of treatment whether it’s needed. It’s up to the patient whether they choose to go ahead with this last stage or not.

Why do you recommend it?

Some teeth need an extra “little nudge” to attain their desired position after your final aligner from your original plan. 

I want to ensure you get the best outcome so a little refinement towards the end of treatment is sometimes recommended to get the best results.

What does it involve?

It would mean having a new scan and a few additional aligners custom made for you to complete your treatment.

How much does it cost?

Great news is there are no additional fees so it costs you nothing. Our fees are all inclusive of the refinement period, if it’s needed.

What do I need to do?

You don’t need to do anything. Towards the end of your clear aligner treatment I will be able to to assess if I think you need refinement. At this stage we can have a chat and see if it’s something you want to continue with.

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