Invisalign has been growing in popularity and availability as a great way for adults to correct minor adjustments in their bite pattern and smile. The aligners are made from a clear, durable plastic that makes it hard for the casual observer to notice.
During the initial consultation your dentist or orthodontist will probably want to take a series X-rays to get a clear understanding of the structure of your mouth. This is usually followed up by taking 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 should wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day. While you are wearing them 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.
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.
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 that has received the ADA Seal of Acceptance to help reduce any bacterial buildup.
If you are interested in being fitted for Invisalign braces please feel free to call us at 301-474-8277 to schedule an appointment.