Over time, minor alignment issues can develop with your teeth. Sometimes this can cause one or two teeth in your smile to rub together in an unhealthy manner. This excess wear and tear, which is known as dental attrition, can weaken an area of tooth enamel or lead to an unfortunate dental fracture.
In a situation like this, Dr. Catherine Scheurer McDevitt might recommend fitting you for Invisalign® at A Winning Smile Orthodontics.
This is a series of clear, plastic aligners. Each set is tuned to bring you one small step closer to your ideal alignment. You will need to change them out every two weeks. This will gradually reposition your teeth for a better-functioning mouth and the winning smile you’ve always wanted.
Dr. Catherine Scheurer McDevitt will start the process of fitting you for Invisalign by examining your mouth and taking a few X-rays. This also helps define your alignment goals and the number of custom aligners needed to achieve your ideal smile.
Dr. Catherine Scheurer McDevitt will then form a detailed impression of your teeth. This will be sent to the Invisalign laboratory where the custom aligners will be created to match the unique characteristics of your mouth.
You will need to wear Invisalign for at least 20 hours each day. This allows the aligners to gradually stretch the periodontal ligaments that are anchoring your teeth, gradually moving them a little bit closer to your ideal smile.
Every two weeks you will switch to another set of aligners that are designed to bring you one step closer to your final alignment. The number of aligners needed will vary.
While Invisalign is in your mouth, you can drink and speak normally. Yet you will still need to remove the aligners before eating. You should never use tobacco or chew gum while the aligners are in your mouth. This could cause damage to the aligners and slow the realignment process. Be sure to keep the removable aligners in the case provided when you’re not wearing them.
If you are interested in Invisalign in Worthington, OH, you should call 614-888-8070 to schedule an appointment at A Winning Smile Orthodontics.