The position and alignment of your teeth have significant bearing on your oral health and dental function as much as it impacts your outward physical appearance. As time goes on, minor alignment issues can cause dental attrition complications and dental fractures. These affected areas of tooth enamel then become susceptible to severe tooth decay.
In some of these cases, adults with minor-to-moderate alignment issues are uncomfortable with the concept of having traditional braces installed on their teeth. Fortunately, Dr. Lee Mahlmann offers Invisalign® to improve the alignment of your teeth without the need of overt orthodontic hardware.
The first step in the process calls for a thorough examination of your teeth. This helps determine the overall health of your teeth and define your alignment goals.
Dr. Lee Mahlmann will then create a detailed impression of your teeth, which will be sent to the Invisalign® dental lab. The technicians will use this to develop a series of custom aligner trays. Each set of aligners is designed to gradually adjust the periodontal ligaments that are anchoring your teeth into the sockets.
You will need to wear the Invisalign® aligners in your mouth for at least 20 hours each day. Then you will need to switch to the next set of aligners every two weeks. Each new set of aligners is tuned to bring you one step closer to your ideal smile. While wearing the aligners during the prescribed times, you should expect to meet your alignment goals in about the same amount of time it would take for braces to align your smile.
While the aligners are in your mouth, you can drink and speak normally. However, you will need to remove them before you eat. You should never smoke or chew gum while the aligners are in your mouth. When you’re not wearing them, you should keep the aligners in the case provided.
If you are in the Richmond, Texas, area and you are concerned about alignment issues with your teeth, you should call 281-342-6311 to schedule an Invisalign® consultation at Lee A. Mahlmann, DDS, MS.