Minor alignment issues on the teeth in your smile can hamper your self-confidence and also cause dental damage. Sometimes alignment issues between two or more teeth in your bite pattern can cause unnatural wear and tear on the tooth enamel. If it goes unaddressed for too long, this dental attrition could potentially cause significant damage to a tooth. To address a situation like this while also improving the appearance of your smile, Dr. John R. Schouten can fit you for Invisalign®.
These are removable aligners that are made from a durable, clear, plastic material. While you’re wearing them, the casual observer won’t even notice they are in your mouth.
Each pair of custom aligners is designed to move your teeth one step closer to your final alignment goals. At two-week intervals, you will need to switch to a new set of aligners. Each new pair is tuned to bring you one gradual step closer to your ideal alignment.
You can drink and speak normally with Invisalign in your mouth. However, you should abstain from eating, chewing gum, or using tobacco products. If you need to remove the aligners, be sure to keep them in the case provided. Improvising with a napkin or a plastic bag is inadvisable.
Most people achieve their alignment goals in about the same amount of time it takes for braces to align the smile. Dr. John R. Schouten will then fit you for a clear, plastic retainer. This is a removable dental appliance that is made from the similar clear, plastic material Invisalign® aligners are made of. Wearing it for a few weeks during the prescribed times will help ensure that your teeth finally accept their new positions.
If you live in the Price, Utah, area and you’re interested in Invisalign for improving your smile, you should call 435.637.0820 to set up a consultation at Schouten Orthodontics.