Invisalign is a convenient way to improve minor alignment issues with your teeth. The aligners are made from a durable, clear plastic, that is hard for the casual observer to notice.
The process begins with your dentist or orthodontist examining your mouth and taking a few X-rays. This helps both of you to define your alignment goals. Then they take an impression of your teeth and bite pattern. This information is sent to the Invisalign laboratory where a series of custom aligner trays are made.
You insert the first set of trays into your mouth. They will fit securely over your teeth, applying a minimal amount of pressure to start to slowly adjust the periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth in place.
You will need to wear the aligners for at least 20 hours each day. 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.
After two weeks your teeth will have moved closer to the alignment offered by the second set of trays. You will then switch to another set of aligners with this slightly different alignment and the process continues on. 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
Throughout the alignment process you will need 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 (760) 598.1707 to schedule an appointment.