Many adults with minor alignment issues with the teeth in their smile have used Invisalign to get the smooth and even smile they’ve always wanted. The aligners are made from a clear durable plastic, making them nearly invisible to the casual observer.
At the first appointment the dentist or orthodontist will conduct a thorough inspection your mouth. This includes and taking a series X-rays and creating an impression of your teeth and unique bite pattern. This is all sent to the Invisalign laboratory where they produce a series of three to four aligner trays for you.
For the shortest and most effective duration of treatment, you will need to wear the aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours each day. Over the course of two weeks this will slowly stretch the periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth, closer to their new alignment. You will then switch to another set of aligners with a slightly different alignment. The number of aligners needed will vary by your alignment goals. On the average, most people meet their alignment goals in three or four sets of aligners
While you are wearing them you can drink normally. However, you should remove them before eating. You should also avoid chewing gum, smoking or using other tobacco products while the aligners are in your mouth.
Make sure to maintain your regular oral hygiene regimen throughout the realignment process. You should also rinse the aligners each day with an antiseptic mouthwash to refresh them and remove plaque and food particles.
If you are interested in being fitted for Invisalign braces, please feel free to call us at to schedule an appointment.