Minor alignment issues in your smile can do more than leave you feeling self-conscious about your appearance. If two or more teeth meet at an unnatural angle, the gradual wear and tear of daily chewing can damage some of the tooth enamel. This dental attrition can sometimes be discomforting and can even prove costly to treat.
Fortunately, minor alignment imperfections can often be corrected by having Dr. Joshua Knowles fit you for Invisalign®.
Your orthodontist will start the process of fitting you for the custom aligners with a thorough examination of your teeth. This helps him assess the overall health of your mouth and define your final alignment goals. It also helps determine the number of custom aligners needed to restore the alignment of your smile.
Our orthodontic technicians will then take an impression of your teeth. This will be sent to the Invisalign® laboratory where a series of aligner trays will be made to custom match your teeth.
To minimize the total duration of the realignment process, you will need to have the clear, plastic aligner in your mouth for 20 to 22 hours per day. Each set of aligners is designed to gradually stretch the periodontal ligaments that are anchoring your teeth, gradually repositioning them a little bit closer to your ideal smile.
You will need to change to a new set of aligners every two weeks. The number of aligners needed will vary. Most people meet their alignment goals about the same amount of time as it takes for braces to align the smile.
While the Invisalign aligners are in your mouth, you can drink and speak normally. However, you will need to remove them before eating and you should never smoke or chew gum while the aligners are in your mouth. This could potentially damage the aligners. Be sure to keep the custom aligners in the case provided when you’re not wearing them.
You might need to use a removable clear, plastic retainer for a few weeks after your final alignment has been achieved. This will help you hold your teeth in their new alignment while the minor tension in your periodontal ligaments subsides.
If you live in the Temple, Texas, area and you’re contemplating having Invisalign improve your smile, you should call 254-773-8028 to set up a consultation at Smile at the World Orthodontics.