Invisalign continues to grow in popularity with many adults with minor alignment issues in their smile. The aligner trays are made from a clear durable plastic material that makes them nearly invisible to the casual observer.
The initial consultation involves your dentist or orthodontist examining your mouth and taking a series X-rays. This is followed by taking an impression of your teeth and defining your alignment goals. This information is sent to the Invisalign laboratory where a series of three or four aligner trays are produced to match your bite pattern.
For the shortest duration of treatment, you will need to wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day. The aligner trays are designed to gradually stretch the periodontal ligaments that anchor each tooth. After two weeks you will switch to another set of aligners that are tuned to be one more step closer to your ideal alignment. The number of aligners needed will vary. Most people meet their alignment goals in three or four sets of aligners
You can drink normally while you are wearing them. 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.
You will need to maintain your oral hygiene routine 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 718-278-2441 to schedule an appointment.