The Invisalign has been growing in popularity for adults that wish to correct minor adjustments to give them their ideal smile. The aligners are made from a clear, durable plastic that makes it hard for the casual observer to notice.
At the initial appointment, your dentist or orthodontist will usually take a series X-rays. This gives them a better understanding of the structure of your mouth. It will also help you to define your ideal alignment goals. Once your goals have been established, they will make an impression of your bite pattern. All of this information is sent to the Invisalign lab where a series of clear plastic aligner trays are produced.
For the shortest duration of treatment you will need to wear the aligners for at least 20 hours a day. Every two weeks you will switch new set plastic aligners that are slightly different than the previous one. The total time you’ll need to wear aligners will vary by your goals. In most cases the total treatment time lasts around six to eight weeks.
While you have them in you can drink normally. However, the aligners should be removed before eating. Avoid smoking or using other tobacco products while the aligners are in your mouth.
Be sure to maintain your typical oral hygiene regimen of brushing and flossing through the duration of the realignment process. Rinse the braces each day with an antiseptic mouthwash to keep them clear of plaque and food particles.
If you are interested in being fitted for Invisalign braces please feel free to call us at 281.376.4533 to schedule an appointment.