Invisalign has been growing in popularity for adults that want to make minor adjustments to their smile. The process involves wearing durable plastic aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day. Every two weeks you switch to a tray with a slightly different alignment. Most people meet their alignment needs in around six to eight weeks. The clear, durable plastic makes it hard for the casual observer to even notice you are wearing them.
At your initial consultation, your dentist or orthodontist will take a series X-rays or perform a CT scan. This gives them a better understanding of the structure of your mouth and helps to define your alignment goals. They will make an impression of your current bite pattern. All of this information is sent to the Invisalign laboratory where your new aligners are produced.
While you are wearing the aligners you can drink normally. However, you will need to remove them before eating. You should also avoid chewing gum, smoking or using other tobacco products while the aligners are in your mouth.
It’s important to maintain your typical oral hygiene regimen of brushing and flossing through the duration of the realignment process. You should 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 (505) 325-8858 to schedule an appointment.