As time goes by, it’s possible for the alignment of your teeth to change slightly. This could be related to past issues with periodontal health or the loss of a tooth. This can leave you with an unappealing smile and teeth at an increased risk of dental attrition.
One easy way to correct minor alignment issues is to have Dr. Jennifer Rice and Dr. James Rice fit you for Invisalign® at their orthodontic clinic in Charlottesville, Virginia. This is a series clear plastic aligners that are created in a dental lab to specifically match the shape of your dentition.
The process starts with Dr. Jennifer Rice and Dr. James Rice conducting a thorough examination of your teeth. This helps assess the overall health of your mouth while also helping define the number of aligners needed to fully correct the alignment of your teeth.
Dr. Jennifer Rice and Dr. James Rice will then take an impression of your teeth. This will be sent to the Invisalign® laboratory where dental technicians will create a series of aligner trays. Each set will be designed to gradually stretch your periodontal ligaments to move your teeth one step closer to their ideal position.
You will need to have the clear plastic aligners in your mouth for 20 to 22 hours per day. Every two weeks you will need to change to a new set of aligners. Most people meet their alignment goals in around six to eight weeks.
You might need to use a removable clear plastic retainer after your final alignment has been achieved. This will help to hold your teeth in their new alignment while any residual tension in your dental sockets dissipates.
If you live in the Charlottesville, Virginia area you’re interested in learning more about Invisalign® you should call 434-218-7072 to set up a consultation at Crozet Dentist.